Paul F. Keneally

Paul F. Keneally: Attorney with Underberg & Kessler LLP AV stamp icon


Strategist and diplomat. Advocate and persuader. Formidable opponent, trusted friend. Paul’s effectiveness as a litigator is due to his depth of legal understanding and his determination to get clients the right result. As chair of the Firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups, and a partner in our Municipal Practice Group, Paul represents a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organizations. From untangling complex commercial and construction litigation, navigating the minefield of labor and employment disputes, resolving tax assessment and other municipal matters, to handling general litigation, insurance defense and personal injury cases, Paul has a wealth of litigation experience in the administrative agencies and the state and federal courts.

One of Paul’s core areas is labor and employment law, where he provides astute and proactive advice to clients in matters involving executive compensation, overtime, workplace violence, non-compete/non-solicit agreements, sexual harassment, race, sex and age discrimination, family and medical leave, and disabilities.

Prior to joining Underberg & Kessler, Paul worked for the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, based in New York City, and served as a Federal District Court law clerk in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. Paul was associate editor of the Fordham Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif, an honorary law society.


Paul was selected a 2007-2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyer group represents the top 5% of attorneys in Upstate New York who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He also was named to the 2013-2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Paul was a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award.

Paul is the recipient of the 2017 Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Ruth Colvin Award, which recognizes individuals who were instrumental in the organization's founding and development. He was also a 2016 Literacy Volunteers of Rochester President's Award recipient, recognizing his efforts in leading their Lawyers for Literacy program.


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Areas of Practice (3)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Municipal

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
585.258.2882  Phone
585.258.2821  Fax
University Attended:
Amherst College, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Year of First Admission:
US District Courts - Northern District of NY; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US District Courts - Eastern District of NY; US District Courts - Western District of NY; Central District of Illinois; US District Courts - Southern District of NY; District of Colorado; 1994, New York

Professional and Community Involvement

Paul is a regular lecturer on labor and employment law and litigation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Human Resource Management as the Legislative Representative. He also is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors' Personnel Committee for The Tennis Club of Rochester, as well as coaching his sons in various youth sports.

Paul currently serves on the Labor & Employment Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association and is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations.

Birth Information:
Yonkers, New York, 1967
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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