KEN EXCELLED AT CONVICTING VIOLENT FELONS AS A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR
Ken is a former federal prosecutor, who served with distinction in the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, where he successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases – from murder to bank robbery – and gained a reputation as an excellent trial lawyer.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ken was a member of the federal prosecution team, whose dedication and outstanding work forced former New York City Police Officer Justin Volpe, who brutally beat, tortured, and sodomized Abner Louima inside a bathroom at the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, to plead guilty during the middle of trial and take responsibility for committing some of the most horrific acts of police brutality in the history of New York City.
After watching Ken deliver a powerful and hard-hitting opening statement at the Louima trial, legendary newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin reported that Ken "delivered an opening statement that will be remembered."
Among his many other accomplishments as a federal prosecutor, Ken successfully obtained murder-in-aid-of-racketeering and robbery convictions at the trial of violent gang members, who had committed a series of armed robberies and shootings at various banks, and who had murdered an innocent bank customer. He also successfully investigated and prosecuted a bank robber, who had terrorized bank tellers throughout the New York metropolitan area.
KEN STARTED HIS CAREER in public service WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUTSTANDING, HIGH-LEVEL APPOINTEES IN PRESIDENT CLINTON'S TREASURY DEPARTMENT
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, Ken was an attorney in the United States Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., where he served as Special Assistant to former Treasury Department Undersecretary for Enforcement Ronald K. Noble, who is now the Secretary General of Interpol, the international police organization based in Lyon, France. Ken then went on to work in the Treasury Department's General Counsel's Office under Robert McNamara, Jr., who himself would go on to become General Counsel to the C.I.A.
Ken also played a key role on the team of lawyers and federal agents, which investigated the raid on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas by federal ATF agents. As part of the Waco Investigation, Ken drafted a section of the official report submitted to President Bill Clinton, which described the events that led to the murder of four AFT agents and the shooting of twenty other federal agents.
KEN'S TOP-RATE LAW FIRM HAS BUILT A STRONG REPUTATION AS A CHAMPION FOR VICTIMS
After his time as a federal prosecutor, Ken went into private practice, first at a prominent international law firm and then at his very own law firm, which he co-founded so that he could continue prosecuting cases against powerful companies and institutions on behalf of victims – everyday men and women who had suffered unlawful discrimination or sexual violence. On the basis of its strong reputation as a champion for victims, the firm has become a go-to advocate for victims in high-profile and complex litigation.
Most notably, Ken worked with Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, other elected officials, and members of the clergy to convince the United States Department of Justice to reopen the investigation into the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi. He also currently represents Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel housekeeper, who reported that she was sexually assaulted in a Manhattan hotel room by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund.
Ken's formidable trial and advocacy skills have been widely noted. One federal judge, who presided over one of Ken's civil trials, commented, on the record, "I will say flat out: You are one of the best trial lawyers I have seen." Another federal judge also noted on the trial record in open court, "You're an excellent lawyer, and I have said that privately and I say that publicly."
After graduating from New York City public schools, Ken attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he graduated magna cum laude. He then went on to NYU Law School, where he earned the prestigious Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal at graduation for his outstanding contributions to the law school community.
In subsequent years, Ken has been honored by the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association of NYU Law School, which awarded him with its Distinguished Service Award. In June 2005, NYU Law School recognized Ken for his exceptional contributions to the legal profession by naming him its Alumnus of the Month (ALMO). Read More »
Ken lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lu-Shawn, who is a nurse, and their two young children.