Pomerantz LLP

John A. Kehoe

Of Counsel

New York

Securities Litigation

Syracuse University College of Law

State of New York; State of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court


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John A. Kehoe played a leading role in the Firm’s securities class action case against Brazil’s largest oil company, Petrobras, arising from a multi-billion dollar kickback and bribery scheme, in which the Firm, as sole Lead Counsel, recently achieved a historic $3billion settlement for the Class, as well as precedent-setting legal rulings.

He has served as lead or Co-Lead Counsel in numerous securities and financial fraud cases in federal and state courts on behalf of institutional and individual clients, including In re Bank of America Corporation Securities Litigation ($2.4 billion settlement); In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litigation ($627 million settlement); In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation ($586 million settlement resolving 309 consolidated actions); In re Lehman Brothers Securities and ERISA Litigation ($516 million settlement); and In re Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Securities Litigation ($72 million settlement). Mr. Kehoe is a program faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and served three years as an adjunct faculty member with the Trial Advocacy Training Program at Louisiana State University School of Law.

Prior to joining Pomerantz, Mr. Kehoe was a partner with Girard Gibbs LLP and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP representing institutional investors in securities class and direct actions, and was previously associated with Clifford Chance LLP, a London-based law firm where he represented Fortune 500 companies in securities and antitrust civil litigation, and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Kehoe is a frequent speaker at conferences focused on shareholder rights and corporate governance issues, including the 2013 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (Rancho Mirage, CA); 2013 Investment Education Symposium (New Orleans, LA); 2013 Public Funds East Conference (Newport, RI); 2012 Rights and Responsibilities for Institutional Investors (Amsterdam, Netherlands); 2011 European Investment Roundtable (Stockholm, Sweden); 2011 Public Funds Symposium (Washington, D.C.); 2011 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (Miami Beach, FL); 2010 ESG, USA Global Trends and U.S. Sustainable Investing (NY, NY); 2010 ICGN Annual Conference: "The Changing Global Balances" (Toronto, Canada); 2010 Public Funds West Summit (Scottsdale, AZ); 2009 ICGN Annual Conference: “The Route Map to Reform and Recovery” (Sydney, Australia); and the 2007 European Pensions Symposium (Marbella, Spain).

Mr. Kehoe received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, was an associate editor of the Syracuse Law Review, associate member of the Syracuse Moot Court Board and alternate member on the National Appellate Team. He received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont and Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kehoe served as a law enforcement officer in the State of Vermont where he was a member of the Special Reaction Team.

Mr. Kehoe is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.