Kevin Kennedy is a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group. For over two decades, Mr. Kennedy has represented the Subway® franchisor, its affiliates, and other franchise concepts in numerous state and federal court lawsuits, arbitrations, and mediations across the country. He played an integral role in the firm’s successful efforts to enforce the Subway® arbitration clause, which produced numerous leading federal and state appellate decisions on franchise arbitration and resulted in four putative class actions and dozens of individual lawsuits being dismissed or enjoined in favor of arbitration. He has tried numerous arbitrations and lawsuits to conclusion, and has argued and won appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. Mr. Kennedy has been selected for inclusion to The Best Lawyers in America in the Franchise Law category since 2006 and was twice named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the area of franchising. He frequently writes and speaks about franchising, arbitration, and ethics issues.
Mr. Kennedy has also served as the Firm's General Counsel since 2007. In this capacity, Kevin serves as the principal legal counsel to the Firm's Managing Partner and Executive Committee. He also provides day-to-day advice to firm lawyers and staff regarding legal ethics and firm policies.
Mr. Kennedy obtained his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut Law School and graduated from Connecticut College summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
- University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1991)
- Connecticut College (B.A., 1988)
- summa cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit