BUFFALO, N.Y. - James P. Kennedy, Jr. has been named Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of New York following the departure of William J. Hochul, Jr.
“I am honored to be named Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of New York,” said Kennedy. “As a native of Western New York, I look forward to working with our outstanding law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels and serving the people of the community in which I was born and raised.”
A Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College, Mr. Kennedy attended the Buffalo Law School where he graduated cum laude in 1988, having served as editor of the Buffalo Law Review.
Following law school, Kennedy worked as the Confidential Law Assistant to the late Honorable Michael F. Dillon and Honorable M. Dolores Denman, Presiding Justices, New York States Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. In 1992, he was hired by then United States Attorney Dennis Vacco to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney. Starting first in the civil division, AUSA Kennedy, in 1993, became an OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) Attorney where he prosecuted a number of high profile narcotics, violent crime, and police corruption cases. In 2004, AUSA Kennedy was picked by then United States Attorney Michael Battle to serve as the District’s first full-time Appellate Chief. In that capacity, he briefed and argued a number of cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. In 2006, he became the Chief of the White Collar General Crimes unit, and in 2007, he was promoted to Criminal Chief for the Western District of New York. In April of 2010, he was selected by William Hochul to be First Assistant U.S. Attorney. During his tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office, Kennedy has received numerous awards and honors including the Attorney’s General’s John Marshall Award, one of the Department of Justice’s highest awards.
Kennedy further stated, “Our Office has a tradition of excellence. I intend on preserving that tradition and bringing to justice those who detract from the safety and quality of life in our District. From corrupt public servants to child predators, from violent gangsters to fraudsters, and from those who contribute to overdose deaths to those who engage in under-handed business practices, I pledge to work tirelessly with the many hard-working and talented attorneys and support staff who serve in this Office not only to continue our crime-fighting efforts but to develop creative and innovative solutions to the problems with which we are confronted.”
Kennedy lives on Grand Island with his wife Stephanie, who works in the Amherst School District. They have two children, a daughter, Bridget, who attends the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland, and a son, Jack, who attends Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina.