Daniel Kearney is a government, regulatory & internal investigations partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Daniel’s practice focuses on enforcement and regulatory matters for financial institutions, as well as government regulatory litigation and policy counseling. He has handled a variety of enforcement actions and other regulatory matters before the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. In addition, he has litigated cases in the federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States, including cases involving consumer protection matters, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Daniel’s counseling practice encompasses banking regulation, consumer protection regulation, administrative law, and constitutional issues.


Thought Leadership


Daniel Kearney, Daniel Chaudoin, Zachary Brez and William Osberghaus, “The SEC’s New Approach to Neither-Admit-Nor-Deny Policy May Not Be So New After All,” New York Law Journal (December 2021)


Recognized nationwide by Chambers USA for Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations), 2021–2023

Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Financial Services Regulation in 2017 and Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense in 2021

Selected as a "Rising Star" in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts


  • Yale Law SchoolJ.D.2004

    Notes Editor, The Yale Law Journal

    Coker Fellow

  • Boston CollegeM.A., Classics1999
  • Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International AffairsA.B.1996
    Certificate in Engineering Management Systems