Mr. Kennedy has worked almost exclusively in federal courts in the west (Nevada,
California and Washington state) since 1992 defending individuals accused of a
variety of federal crimes (guns, drugs, murders, rape, white collar offenses, RICO,
VICAR, artifacts and anthrax to name a few) in some high profile, more low profile
and often no profile cases. In March of 2016, he left the Office of the Federal
Defender in Nevada and opened his own law practice. Mr. Kennedy teaches trial
skills each year at the National Criminal Defense College, the Federal CJA Trial
Skills Academy and/or other similar programs.
Mr. Kennedy has successfully defended numerous individuals accused by the
government of committing crimes. In 1998, he successfully defended Larry Wayne
Harris (who U.S. News and World Report identified in an 1997 article as the “Next
Unabomber”) in Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio against charges identifying Harris
as a domestic terrorist relating to an alleged plot to use anthrax as a weapon. In 2006,
he obtained a complete victory for Sohn Regas in both the 14 defendant state – and
44 defendant federal – Hells Angels prosecutions in Las Vegas arising from an
incident in Harrah’s Laughlin casino between the Mongols and Hells Angels which
left 3 dead. In 2007, he spent four months in trial in Las Vegas in a nine-defendant
162 count trial where the federal government failed to obtain a conviction against any
defendant for any count. In 2008, he obtained acquittals in Reno in two attempt
murder prosecutions, one of which arose from a shoot-out inside his client’s (David
Lantry) home where two law enforcement officers were shot. In 2014, he obtained an
acquittal on all four federal murder charges in a DOJ, Civil Rights Division, double
homicide prosecution against an alleged former skinhead leader.
Most recently, after being retained in March of 2016, he and his co-counsel obtained
an acquittal in a federal mortgage fraud conspiracy and wire fraud prosecution in Las
Vegas. Mr. Kennedy has been selected for inclusion in the Nevada Super Lawyers,
and recognized nationally by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
the Global Who’s Who and the National Trial Lawyers Association, for the practice
of criminal defense. He began his career in 1988 as an associate with Holland & Hart
in Denver, Colorado after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School
cum laude and is an active member of the Colorado, California and Nevada state bars.
“Romeo saved my life that night. There hasn’t been a day that goes by I haven’t thought about him,” Wiggins, now 66, recalled in a phone interview Tuesday, one day after Gonzalez and seven other Vagos members were acquitted of all charges in a federal racketeering trial centered around that shooting.