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Our Team, and yours

Our lean practice gives you the personalized attention of two experienced attorneys on every matter.

Our firm has two partners and no associates.  Most of our work does not require further headcount.  For larger matters or special projects, we can engage additional counsel or hire temporary or contract assistance.

This streamlined model makes us discerning.  Since we do not have to “feed the beast” with endless billables, we routinely decline work that disinterests us or forces us to dabble.  We can also accept contingency or alternative fee arrangements that could not sustain the high overhead of a traditional practice.  And when we do accept an engagement, our nimble practice ensures the client the personalized service and full attention of two experienced attorneys.

This is the blueprint we followed when we hung out our shingle in 2010.  It has abundantly rewarded our clients and our firm, and we have no intention of changing it.

James Hunter

James Hunter is one of the partners of our firm.  He has represented issuers and investors in scores of claims for disgorgement of “short-swing” profit under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These cases have yielded tens of millions of dollars in recoveries, and some have gone on to decide important questions of federal and even constitutional law.

Before forming Hunter & Kmiec with Keenan Kmiec in 2010, James practiced corporate law in New York City at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Jones Day.  There he advised issuers, banks, and institutional investors on a wide range of capital markets transactions.  His experience also includes a handful of syndicated financings and public and private M&A.

James is admitted to practice in the State of New York.  He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He clerked for then-Judge Alito on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and again for Justice Alito on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Admissions

The State of New York

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Clerkships

The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2004-2005

The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term 2007

Education

Harvard College, A.B. 2001, summa cum laude (Classics)

Yale Law School, J.D. 2004

Keenan Kmiec

Keenan Kmiec is one of the partners of our firm.  He has represented issuers and investors in scores of claims for disgorgement of “short-swing” profit under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These cases have yielded tens of millions of dollars in recoveries, and some have gone on to decide important questions of federal and even constitutional law.

Before forming Hunter & Kmiec with James Hunter in 2010, Keenan was a litigation attorney in Washington DC and Los Angeles with Sidley Austin LLP.  Keenan has worked on numerous internal investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and he has represented plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate level in both civil and criminal cases.

Keenan is admitted to practice in the State of California and District of Columbia.  He graduated from the University of Southern California and Berkeley Law School.  He clerked for then-Judge Alito on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Chief Justice John Roberts on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Admissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2011

Clerkships

The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2004-2005

The Honorable David B. Sentelle, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 2005-2006

The Honorable John G. Roberts, the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term 2006

Education

University of Southern California, B.S., 2001

UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D. 2004

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