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JAMES J. KENNY

Obituary
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KENNY, JAMES J., passed away peacefully on Monday evening December 26, 2011, in Park City, UT. Jim, the only son of Harold Joseph Kenny and Florence Cole Kenny, was born on March 27, 1937 in Miami, FL. Jim graduated from Edison High School in 1955 and the University of Miami in 1959, after receiving a full scholarship. He then attended Duke University Law School on a Dean's scholarship, graduating in 1962. Upon graduation he worked as an assistant county attorney in Dade County before joining the law firm Kelly, Black, Black & Kenny, P.A. in 1968. After ten years as a partner, he left the firm in 1978 to establish Kenny Nachwalter & Seymour P.A. (Kenny Nachwalter P.A.) and has remained a shareholder since his retirement. Jim was admitted to practice in Florida, the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Jim was also a member of numerous legal organizations including the American Law Institute, American Bar Association and the Florida Bar Antitrust and Trade Regulation Advisory Committee. Jim also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida Antitrust Division and was listed in Best Lawyers of America for Business, Antitrust and Commercial Litigation annually from 1987-2007. Jim married Patricia Dougherty in 1963, and together they had twins, Michael and Shannon. Jim and Pat lived in Miami until moving to Park City, UT in 1998 to enjoy the beautiful mountains and outdoor life. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed travelling, skiing, riding motorcycles, continuing his quest for knowledge, supporting the Duke Blue Devils basketball, and most of all, spending time with his beloved Patty. Jim will always be remembered for his brilliant mind, keen wit, and impeccable character and integrity. Jim was highly respected in the legal community through his leadership and professionalism. While a fierce competitor in the courtroom, Jim was also a very kind, loving, and gentle hearted man. He helped many people throughout his life, and the love and compassion he showed to others will never be forgotten. He is survived by his devoted wife of 49 years, Pat, his loving children Shannon (John) Cowden of Dallas, TX and Michael (Nicole) Kenny of Flowery Branch, GA, his grandchildren, Carson Hamilton, Chandler and Cade Kenny, and Allison, John, and Catherine Cowden, his sisters, Mary Keefer of Venice, FL, Anne Simon of Naples, FL, Kathleen Thompson of St. Petersburg, FL, Susan Kenny of Melbourne Beach, FL, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by his best friends since childhood, The Honorable Gerald and Leona Wetherington. His parents and sister, Josephine Dixon, predeceased him. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005 or www. alsa.org. View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in the Miami Herald on Jan. 6, 2012
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