Kevin P. Rooney

Of Counsel

Kevin P. Rooney is a Fresno criminal defense attorney and government investigations attorney who represents clients in grand jury and criminal matters in federal, state, and appellate courts. Kevin represents clients in Fresno County, Madera County, Merced County, Tulare County and Kings County in state criminal matters and nationally in federal criminal matters. For over 25 years, Mr. Rooney worked in the Fresno United States Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted federal criminal cases including conspiracy (21 USC 846, 18 USC 371), drugs and marijuana (21 USC 841), money laundering, structuring, and bulk cash smuggling (18 USC 1956, 18 USC 1957, 31 USC 5324, 31 USC 5332), tax crimes (26 USC 7201, 26 USC 7206), firearms cases (18 USC 922g, 18 USC 924c, 26 USC 5861), and fraud (18 USC 1341, 18 USC 1343) He also prosecuted civil rights violations (18 USC 242, 18 USC 245), and prison offenses involving correctional officers, staff, and inmates including bribery, drug interdiction, and violent crime. (18 USC 201, 18 USC 1791, 18 USC 111, 18 USC 113). Mr. Rooney has a great deal of experience with the investigation and prosecution of crimes allegedly committed on federal land such as BLM, Forest Service or National Park land including fire related offenses (18 USC 1855, 36 CFR 261.5) and alleged sexual offenses (18 USC 2241, 18 USC 2242, 18 USC 2243). Mr. Rooney has represented clients who have been accused of federal offenses in Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park.

Starting in 2008, Mr. Rooney served as Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit where his responsibilities included the review and approval or declination of all wiretap applications, indictments, and plea bargains. Mr. Rooney previously worked in the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted a full range of state criminal offenses including murder, robbery, burglary, fraud, felony and misdemeanor driving under the influence. Mr. Rooney is also an experienced federal appellate attorney having argued many cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and submitting over 25 briefs to that Court. Mr. Rooney has been recognized for outstanding performance by many organizations including the DEA and FBI.

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Education & Certification

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Certification

  • Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, 1987 Dean’s List
  • B.S., Business Administration, Truman State University, 1983

Awards

Blue Ribbon Panel
Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 List – 2015

Blue Ribbon Panel
Northern California Super Lawyers – 2015

Northern California Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine – 2014

Blue Ribbon Panel
Northern California Super Lawyers – 2014

Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers – 2014

AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell – 2013

Client Distinction Award
Martindale-Hubbell – 2013

Northern California Super Lawyers
Law & Politics Magazine – 2013

Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense
Corporate Counsel Magazine – 2013

Top Rated Lawyers in White Collar Criminal Defense
The American Lawyer Magazine – 2013

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Associations

Fresno County Bar Association
Member: 1987 –present

American Bar Association
Member: 2008 –2009

California DUI Lawyers Association
Member: 2008–present

US District Court for the Eastern District of California
Admitted to Practice: – 1987–present

Supreme Court of California
Admitted to Practice: – 1987–present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member: 2009–present

St. Agnes Hospital Men’s Club
Board Member: 2010 –present

High School Mock Trial Competition
Volunteer Attorney: 1992–present

California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Criminal Law Specialist: 1998–present

Kings County Bar Association
Member: 2013–present

United States Supreme Court Bar
Admitted to Practice: 2011–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
Member: 2008–present

CJA Panel Selection Committee
Board Member: 2013–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission
Board Member: 2012–2015

Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of America
Member: 2014–present

State Bar of California, Criminal Law Advisory Commission
Chair: Present