Chair, New York State Law Revision Commission (2011 – current)
Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York (2008 –2010)
- Managed legislative program of the executive branch.
- Coordinated all judicial matters; managed major litigation, and directed relations with the State's Indian nations.
- Successfully negotiated Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms, the Public Authorities Reform Act, the Tier V Pension Plan, and other landmark legislation.
Administration of Governor Mario Cuomo (1984)
- Coordinated and directed the Westway State Park Project.
Counsel to the Minority, New York State Senate (1978 – 1981)
- Acted as Primary Advisor to New York State Senate Democrats on all financial, legal and legislative matters.
- Drafted the New York City Convention Center legislation and financing plan.
- Served as Senate's statutory observer to the Emergency Financial Control Board.
Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Finance, City of New York (1975 – 1977)
- Primary liaison to the U.S. Treasury with respect to the Federal Government/City of New York revolving loan program.
- Liaison to the Emergency Financial Control Board; member of the Mayor's Fiscal Crisis Management Team; and Mayor's Advisor on Mass Transit.
- Authored the Shinn Commission Pension Reform legislation, which completely restructured New York City's five actuarially funded pension systems.
Private Law Practice
- Lead counsel for commercial transaction financings, primarily involving enterprise, project, structured and municipal finance.
- Negotiated international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
- Represented publicly held entities in the U.S., Mexico, France, U.K. and privately held entities in Europe, the Middle East and South America.
"Public Pension Politics Must Change," Times Union (Nov. 20, 2012)
“An Analysis of Hydrofracturing Gubernatorial Decision Making,” Albany Government Law Review, vol. 5, issue 3 (2012)
Report of the State Budget Crisis Task Force, (co-author) (2012)
"Report on the Financing of the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Development in New York City," New York City Bar Association, (2007)
"Are Non Partisan Elections Right for New York City?" New York City Bar Association, (2003)
Mr. Kiernan served as CEO of Watermark Associates, Inc., a Mexican-owned waterfront development and investment firm (1991–2001). He negotiated resort development projects in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and created joint ventures and financing vehicles.