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Leonard J. Kennedy

General Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Len Kennedy is the General Counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As General Counsel he is responsible for providing legal advice, counsel and support to all components of the Bureau. Prior to joining the Bureau, he most recently served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Government Affairs Officer for Sprint Nextel Corporation, where he managed a legal department of 131 attorneys and advised the board of directors, CEO and senior management on all aspects of the company's business and legal affairs. During his tenure, Mr. Kennedy successfully oversaw the business and legal integration of a $35 billion merger. He previously served for five years as General Counsel of Nextel. In 2008, he was a recipient of Corporate Board Member's America's Top General Counsel Award.

In a prior role, he advised providers of communications and Internet services on all aspects of communications business and regulatory matters as a partner of Dow Lohnes. Mr. Kennedy twice served as a Senior Legal Advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Kennedy has served on the board of many Washington-area non-profit organizations and presently serves as a member of the Cornell University Council. He is an alumnus of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Law School.


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