Kathleen Pakenham


+1 212 479 6006

Kathleen Pakenham is co-chair of Cooley's Tax practice group and serves on the firm's Management Committee. Kathleen is a seasoned litigator in matters involving complex questions of federal tax law and procedure. She has represented clients in sizable tax controversies relating to tax shelter issues, options trading transactions, summons enforcement actions, tax fraud, subpoena requests and real property tax disputes. She has extensive experience advising clients at the pre-litigation assessment phase. She also represents clients involved in all types of internal and governmental investigations, in addition to state and federal trial and appellate matters. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries such as banking, energy, telecommunications, and oil and gas.

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[Kathy] is very responsive, technical and pragmatic. – Chambers USA

  • New York University School of Law
    LLM, 1998

  • Brooklyn Law School
    JD, magna cum laude, 1995

  • State Univ of New York/Albany
    BA, 1992

Admissions & Credentials

New Jersey

New York


  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA

    The Legal 500


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