Areas of Practice
- All New York State Courts
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for New Jersey
- Fordham University Law School, J.D. 1988
- Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.B.A., Finance 1984
- State University of New York at Albany, B.S. Marketing 1981
- Wentworth Military Academy and Jr. College, A.A. 1979
Kevin P. McDonough
Kevin McDonough is a member of the Firm’s Not-For- Profit and Education Law Practice Group and is the Chair of the Firm's Higher Education practice. He specializes in higher education and not-for-profit law, and related litigation, real estate, zoning and land use matters. For over twenty-five years he has counseled and advised universities, colleges, hospitals, religious entities and not-for-profit institutions in the New York metropolitan area, and served as legal counsel to individuals, private corporations and family businesses.
In his capacity as counsel to universities and colleges, Kevin regularly advises and provides guidance on a broad range of matters including academic affairs, federal and state regulatory compliance (e.g., FERPA); the development and implementation of policies, codes and administrative procedures; campus safety and security (e.g., Clery Act); student and residential life issues; internal grievance and disciplinary procedures; contract review and negotiations; financial aid; governance and board issues; 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 N.Y.S. 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; and the effective operational and financial use of real estate assets.
His extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions includes the acquisition and sale of commercial, retail, multi-family and office properties, and in traditional and complex retail and office lease transactions. He also handles all types and aspects of zoning and land use matters, including zoning changes, subdivisions, site plans, special permits and variances.
Over the years Kevin has also served as trial counsel in Federal and State courts, and in administrative proceedings, with regard to real estate, land use, contract, corporate governance and business disputes. Kevin is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence. He also spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Army (1981-1985) attaining the rank of Captain.
Professional & Community Activities
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- Director, Nassau County Bar Association 2015-present
- Director, Nassau County Magistrate's Association 2016-present
- Nassau County Bar Association, Chairman, Real Property Law Committee, 2014-2016
- Village of Rockville Centre, Village Justice, 2009 to present
- New York State Bar Association
- Nassau County Bar Association
- New York State Magistrate’s Association
- Nassau County Magistrate’s Association
- Director, Wentworth Military Academy and Jr. College, 2015-present
News & Speaking Engagements
- Cullen and Dykman Attends 2019 Annual Conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) in Denver, CO.July 3, 2019
- May 17, 2016
- January 5, 2016
- Four Cullen and Dykman Attorneys Host CICU Event: Implementing Article 129-B and Campus Sexual Assault LawSeptember 11, 2015
- Four Cullen and Dykman Attorneys Attend 2015 Annual National Association of College and University Attorney (NACUA) Conference in Washington D.C.July 20, 2015
- July 10, 2015Buffalo Law Journal
- U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on 2016 State Authorization Regulations and Ineligibility of California Distance Education Students for Title IV Federal Financial AidJuly 25, 2019
- November 2, 2017
- February 10, 2017
- Obama Administration Releases Additional Campus Sexual Misconduct Guidance Directed at College Presidents and Senior AdministratorsJanuary 6, 2017
- June 20, 2016
- January 29, 2016
- “Enough is Enough” Legislation Becomes Law: New York Education Law Article 129-B Establishes New Requirements for New York State Colleges’ and Universities’ Responses to Reports of Sexual MisconductJuly 7, 2015