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L. Paul Kehoe

Senior Counsel


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L. Paul Kehoe (Senior Counsel) was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1962. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Wayne County (Past President), New York State and American Bar Associations
  • American Arbitration Association (Member, Commercial Panel, 2007)


Mr. Kehoe graduated from Syracuse University in 1959 and from Syracuse Law School, magna cum laude, with a Juris Doctor degree in 1962.

Mr. Kehoe served in the U.S. Army after graduation from law school and began his private law practice in 1963 with the firm of Scanlon, Wright, Wilmott and Aylward in Watertown, New York. In 1966 he formed the firm of Brandt & Kehoe in Wolcott, New York, with John W. Brandt. The firm eventually became Newman, Kehoe, Wunder & Bartlett with offices in Wolcott and Lyons, New York. In 1966 he was appointed First Assistant District Attorney for Wayne County. He was appointed Wayne County District Attorney by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1967. He was elected and re-elected Wayne County District Attorney in 1967 and 1970. In 1971 he returned to full time private law practice.

Mr. Kehoe was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1978 and to the New York State Senate in 1980. While in the State Senate he served successively as Chairman of Consumer Protection, Agriculture and Crime and Correction committees. He also served as a member of the Rules, Ways and Means, Judiciary and Finance committees.

Mr. Kehoe served in the New York State Senate until 1992, when he was elected a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court for the Seventh Judicial District. In 1996 he was appointed Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial District by the Chief Administrative Judge for the New York Courts. He was appointed to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, by Governor George Pataki in 2000.

Mr. Kehoe returned to the private practice of law with Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch in 2007. His law practice is concentrated in local government law, business law, arbitration and mediation. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association neutrals panel and the FINRA Dispute Resolution panel. He also serves as a Judicial Hearing Officer for the New York State Courts and as a hearing officer for the New York State Comptroller.