Kathleen Pakenham

Business Department Chair

Kathleen Pakenham is the chair of Cooley's business department, partner in charge of the firm’s New York office, co-chair of the firm’s tax practice and a member of the firm’s compensation 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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Practices & Industries

[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 University of New York at Albany
    BA, 1992

Admissions & Credentials

New Jersey

New York


  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Best Lawyers in America

    Chambers USA

    The Legal 500