Sanford Kaynor Jr., a former Ropes & Gray partner now serving as a special counsel in the corporate and securities group at Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre in New Orleans, was critically injured in a Tuesday night armed robbery and carjacking, according to local news reports.
As of Friday, Kaynor, 53, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot twice in the chest in the carport of his home in the uptown neighborhood of New Orleans.
Jones Walker is set to hold a blood drive Monday to help Kaynor, whose colleagues told WGNO News in New Orleans he was “fighting for his life” after bullets struck several of his vital organs amid the attempt to fend off a group of assailants seeking entry to his home, who subsequently took off in his silver 2004 Cadillac sports utility vehicle. (Hat Tip: The ABA Journal.)
A Jones Walker spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kaynor’s condition or the blood drive, nor did firm managing partner William Hines.
Kaynor’s father, Sanford Bull Kaynor, was a onetime general counsel and executive vice president of U.S. Industries who died in November 2010 at age 86. An obituary for the elder Kaynor, a 49-year resident of Darien, Connecticut, states that his maternal ancestors—including Thomas Hooker and Elihu Yale, for whom Yale University is named—were among the country’s first settlers.
The elder Kaynor’s brother, William Kaynor, spent more than 30 years as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Bill Kaynor, who died at 88 in May 2011, founded New York-based investment banking boutique Akin Bay in 1990.
The younger Kaynor joined Jones Walker in July 2008 from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner for five years. At Jones Walker, Kaynor primarily represents private equity investors and their portfolio companies. He served as Louisiana counsel to Houston-based energy company Enterprise Products Partners on its $1.2 billion acquisition in 2010 of two natural gas gathering and treating systems, according to our previous reports.
Kaynor’s attackers took off in his vehicle after the shooting, according to New Orleans police. While Kaynor’s SUV had not yet been recovered as of Friday, local media outlets report that police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the crime.
According to WWLVTV, one of the two is a suspect in connection with a string of armed robberies in the city’s Uptown section and was wearing a nonfunctioning ankle bracelet as a result of an earlier marijuana arrest when he was apprehended in the wake of the Kaynor carjacking.
Carjackings have long plagued New Orleans. In 1997, Louisiana’s state legislature passed a controversial law allowing individuals to use deadly force when protecting themselves from potential carjackers after a spate of violent attacks, including the abduction and murder of a young lawyer in the city’s central business district in the late 1990s.
The attack on Kaynor is at least the third violent crime committed against an Am Law 200 lawyer in the past eight months. A Littler Mendelson partner in Las Vegas was stabbed during a home invasion in March, a day before a Faegre Baker Daniels partner was shot outside his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, according to our previous reports.