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Alison Donahue Kehner

Alison Donahue Kehner

Lecturer in Law

Alison Donahue Kehner is a partner at DTO Law, a boutique litigation firm founded by former trial lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Alison leads DTO’s New York office and represents corporate and individual clients in a broad range of practice areas, with a focus on complex commercial litigation, government investigations and enforcement, and white collar criminal defense.

Alison most recently served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Alison both led criminal investigations and served as lead trial and appellate counsel on a variety of matters. She handled complex fraud and cybercrime cases involving tax fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, COVID-19-relief-related fraud, and computer hacking. As Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, Alison advised leadership on civil and criminal case strategy, hiring and administrative matters, and policy and community engagement initiatives.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alison served on the full-time law faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, teaching Legal Practice Skills and upper-level skills courses. Alison began her career as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After clerking, Alison worked as a litigation associate at Dechert LLP, where she represented companies in employment disputes and conducted internal investigations involving potential employee misconduct and compliance violations.