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Victoria Reggie Kennedy is senior counsel in the firm’s corporate practice group. She draws on her experience and understanding of both the public and private sectors to develop strategies and craft creative solutions to help clients resolve complex business problems. At the same time, she brings together collaborative teams with the experience to address all aspects of a client’s business and operations. Kennedy also advises clients on governmental and regulatory issues and assists them with communications and messaging strategy. Her clients range from startups and large corporations in the private sector to governmental entities and universities in the public sector.

Kennedy has served at the national level in key strategic and political roles on issues ranging from health, education, economic opportunity and involvement in the political process. She has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society and is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans. She was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and stood at President Obama’s side at the signing of the bill into law.



  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VR Kennedy Strategies LLC
  • Partner, Keck, Mahin and Cate, Washington, DC
  • Partner, Broadhurst Brook Mangham and Hardy, Washington, DC
  • Associate, Caplin and Drysdale, Washington, DC
  • Associate, Mayer Brown and Platt, Chicago, IL
  • Honorary Doctorate, Boston University
  • Honorary Doctorate, Emmanuel College
  • Honorary Doctorate, Lesley University
  • Honorary Doctorate, Montclair State University
  • Honorary Doctorate, Northeastern University
  • Honorary Doctorate, Suffolk University Law School
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Honorary Doctorate, Western New England University

Recognition & Leadership

  • Named, Boston Business Journal, "Power 50" (2019) 
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2017)
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement (2016)
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America Award for Activism and Advocacy (2015)
  • Women’s Guild of Cedars Sinai Hospital Woman of the 21st Century Award (2013)
  • Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award (2013)
  • National Mother’s Day Council Outstanding Mother Award (2010)
  • Recipient, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Distinguished Professor and Mentor"
  • Co-Founder and President of the Board, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Boston, MA
  • Member, Board of Trustees (Presidential Appointment), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston, MA
    • Member, Amicus Advisory Board
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fund II Foundation, Austin, TX
  • Member, Commission on Political Reform, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Board of Overseers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2009-2017)
  • Member, Board of The New England Council, Boston, MA
  • Member, Dean’s Board of Advisors, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Tulane University Law School
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Board of Editors and Notes Editor, Tulane Law Review
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Newcomb College at Tulane University
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Judge Robert Sprecher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, IL
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Louisiana