Kenyen is a shareholder in the firm's Mobile office. At Maynard Cooper, Kenyen ‘s practice focuses primarily on white collar criminal litigation, complex civil litigation, internal and governmental investigations as well as compliance counseling. Maynard Cooper represents numerous businesses and individuals working in highly regulated industries that are frequent targets of compliance regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations.
Kenyen brings to the firm extensive litigation involvement, having most recently served as Southern Alabama’s U.S. Attorney for seven years during which time he directed the successful prosecution of a wide range of complex criminal and civil cases, with a particular emphasis on healthcare fraud.
Prior to his time as Southern Alabama’s U.S. Attorney, Kenyen started his career in the Montgomery County, AL, District Attorney’s office in 1995. Shortly thereafter, in 1996, Kenyen joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mobile, AL as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. As an AUSA, he prosecuted and tried large illegal drug distribution organizations, instances of bank fraud, bank and labor union embezzlement, violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, counterfeiting, credit card\access device fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud and evasion, telemarketing fraud, worker's compensation fraud, identity theft, environmental crimes; as well as violent crimes such as bank robbery, carjacking and firearms related offenses.
In 1999, he moved to Washington, D.C., to join the staff of the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee where he worked for eight years and conducted numerous high profile Congressional ethics investigations while also heading up the Committee’s training and compliance efforts. Following his time with the U.S. Senate, he moved to the U.S. House Ethics Committee, where he served as the Acting Chief Counsel and Staff Director performing similar high profile work in the House until 2009 when he was called to serve as Alabama’s first African-American U.S. attorney in Mobile.
Prior to accepting the post of U.S. Attorney, in 2008, and again in 2009, Kenyen was listed by Roll Call (a Capitol Hill publication) as one of the “Fabulous Fifty” Hill staffers. This honor noted him as one of the top 50 “Movers and Shakers Behind the Scenes of Capitol Hill” among all the staffers working in both the U.S. House and Senate. Kenyen retains close personal ties to former colleagues still working in Congress, the Department of Justice and to his former U.S. Attorney colleagues across the nation.
A native of Detroit, MI, Kenyen received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama.