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Kevin Dooley Kent

Managing Director, Clark Hill Public Strategies

Kevin Kent prides himself on deftly guiding his clients through litigation, disputes, and regulatory actions while also working closely with them to identify and minimize future risk exposure. Clients seeking Kevin’s counsel vary from a broad spectrum of industries, including water and public infrastructure, real estate development, life sciences, financial services, casino gaming, and government.

Kevin works to best position clients for unavoidable litigation while zealously representing them through the life of the matter. He also focuses on advising clients on risk management and identifying proactive steps to avoid litigation in high legal exposure industries. He represents companies in matters involving civil fraud, director and officer liability, and government civil enforcement actions and related internal investigations; court-appointed receivers in federal enforcement matters; and C-Suite executives in contract disputes. Much of Kevin’s recent risk management work involves advising private companies and government entities on privatization proposals, federal and state funding, and other risks inherent in the interaction between public entities and the private sector. Kevin serves as a mediator in complex commercial disputes, assisting parties to resolve their differences or narrow them prior to or during litigation.

Kevin is licensed as a solicitor in Ireland, as well as in England and Wales. Kevin serves as Member in Charge of Clark Hill’s US-Ireland Strategic Initiative and as the liaison between the firm’s United States offices and its Dublin office. He serves on the Board of the Irish American Business Chamber and Network, which promotes the development of economic relationships between the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland.


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee
B.A., cum laude, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


Chambers USA, 2022-2023

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Irish America Legal 100 Honoree (2016-2022)

Irish America Business 100 Honoree (2016-2019)

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation (2016–2024)*

*This award is conferred by Best Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found at: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

Named among the Top 100: Philadelphia Super Lawyers List (2019-present)**

Named among Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters (2008, 2010-2011)*

Named among Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2012-2023)*

*This award is conferred by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 


National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER), Board of Directors

NAFER’s Publications Committee, Co-Chair

Member of NAFER’s International Committee

Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Board Member, Government and Economic Development Liaison, Chairman (past), and President (past)

Irish American Judicial Institute, Trustee and Treasurer

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Member, Board of Directors (2017-2019)

Philadelphia Bar Association

Delaware County Bar Association

Law Society of Ireland

Law Society of England & Wales

Boston College Alumni Association

Vanderbilt Alumni Association

LaSalle College High School Alumni Association

Legal Lean Sigma – Yellow Belt Certified

INSOL International, Member

Planning committee, Global Interdependence Center Central Banking Series Dublin, Ireland Conference

State Bar Licenses

Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ireland, Master Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


  • Co-Auther of  “In the Wake of the Demise of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank: What Fintechs, Private Equity, and Banks Need To Know” March 13, 2023 (read here)
  • Featured in “As Legal Business Moves Faster, Lawyers Aim to Manage Client Expectations,”, an ALM publication, September 17, 2019 (available here).
  • “Municipal Water and Sewer Authorities: When Wall Street Comes Knocking,” The Legal Intelligencer (January 2018)
  • Featured in “Law Firms Find Marketing Edge in Touting Alternative Fees,” The Legal Intelligencer (December 2017)
  • “ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions: Republic of Ireland,” American Bar Association (June 2012).
  • Profiled in “Most Influential US-Ireland Business Leaders” issue of Business & Finance Magazine, which recognizes important business figures across Ireland and the U.S. (2008).


  • Panelist, “Chamber Music – Building Successful Business Networks,” Irish Network IN USA Conference, Washington DC (October 2019).
  • “Municipal Water and Sewer Authorities: When Wall Street Comes Knocking,” PBI Environmental Law Forum, Harrisburg, PA (April 2019).
  • “Ethical Business is Good Business: Interplay Between NSPE Code of Ethics and State/Federal Law,” American Water Works Association (AWWA) NJ Annual Conference Atlantic City, NJ (March 2019).
  • “Municipal Water and Sewer Authorities: When Wall Street Comes Knocking,” Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) Annual Conference & Trade Show, Erie, PA (September 2018).
  • “‘When Wall Street Comes Knocking:’ Mitigating Legal Risks Arising from Investor-Owned Utility Offers to Privatize Municipal Water Authorities,” American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE), Las Vegas, NV (June 2018).
  • “Family Business Essentials Playbook, Legal Edition,” Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA (January 2017).
  • “Business Ethics and the Law: The ROI of Compliance Best Practices and Proactive Risk Management,” Villanova Business MBA Alumni Association, Villanova, PA (November 2016).
  • Participated in Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business’ Economic Development Mission to Ireland (Fall 2016).
  • “Fraudulent Transfer Action: An Update in 2016,” The Knowledge Group’’ LIVE Webcast (April 2016).
  • “Virtual Round Table: Fraud & White Collar Crime 2016, The Americas,” Corporate LiveWire (February 2016).
  • “Effectively Managing Corporate Investigations,” CohnReznick Financial Managers Learning Forum; Jamesburg, NJ; West Orange, NJ, and Hartford, CT (October 2015).
  • “Red Flags: The Moving Target of ‘Notice’ in Fraudulent Transfer and Clawback Litigation,” Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (April 2015).
  • “Virtual Round Table: Fraud & White Collar Crime 2015, The Americas,” Corporate LiveWire (February 2015).
  • “Implications of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law for Private Companies,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Delaware Valley Chapter (July 2012).
  • Co-Chair, Member of Planning Commission and Presenter, the U.S.-Ireland Law and Business Symposium (2011-2013).