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Kevin P. McDonough is a partner in the firm’s Not-for-Profit and Religious Organizations departments and is the Chair of the firm's Higher Education practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Higher Education and Not-For-Profit Law, Real Estate Law, Zoning and Land Use, and Related Litigation. For more than 25 years, he has counseled and advised universities, colleges, hospitals, religious entities, and not-for-profit institutions in the New York metropolitan area, while also serving as legal counsel to individuals, private corporations, and family businesses.

As counsel to universities and colleges, Kevin provides guidance on a broad range of matters including academic affairs; federal and state regulatory compliance (e.g., FERPA; Clery Act); the development and implementation of policies, codes and administrative procedures; campus safety and security; governance and board issues; student and residential life issues; internal grievance and disciplinary procedures; contract review and negotiations; financial aid; staff training; labor issues; and faculty and employee matters. Kevin also handles discrimination, Title IX and other claims involving higher education clients before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the New York State Division of Human Rights, and in federal and state courts.

Kevin also serves as legal counsel to a number of colleges, hospitals, and not-for-profit institutions on a wide variety of real estate, zoning, and land use matters, including the formulation and implementation of long term, multi-phase development plans to expand and modernize their campuses.

His extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions includes the acquisition and sale of commercial, retail, multi-family, and office properties as well as traditional and complex retail and office lease transactions. He also handles all types of zoning and land use matters, including zoning changes, subdivisions, site plans, special permits, and variances.

Kevin has also served as trial counsel for higher education institutions and religious entities in federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings involving real estate, land use, and governance disputes. He served four years on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1981 through 1985, attaining the rank of Captain.

Practice Areas



  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1988
  • M.B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1984
  • B.S., University at Albany, 1981
  • A.A., Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College, 1979

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Director, Nassau County Bar Association 2015—2018
  • Director, Nassau County Magistrate’s Association 2016—Present
  • Chairman, Nassau County Bar Association, Real Property Law Committee, 2014—2016
  • Village Justice, Village of Rockville Centre, 2009—Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Magistrates Association
  • Member, Nassau County Magistrates Association
  • Director, Wentworth Military Academy and Jr. College, 2015—2018

Honors and Awards

  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • President’s Award, Nassau County Bar Association, 2015—2016

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