Ken Kelly is a business trial lawyer. He draws on 50 years of experience representing multinational financial institutions, insurers, and companies in large-scale, complex cases across the country. Over the course of his dynamic career, he’s developed an impressive win record concerning a wide range of disputes with tens of millions of dollars at stake.
He thrives in the courtroom while explaining highly complicated legal and business issues in terms juries can understand. Drawing on his deep understanding of the banking industry and New York employment law, Ken has dedicated much of the past 10 years to defending European financial institutions before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association in compensation-related disputes brought by executives and other employees, as well as representing a major disability and life insurer in ERISA claims litigation.
Ken honed his craft at a prestigious boutique Wall Street law firm and later while managing the litigation department of Chemical Bank. During that time, he tried dozens of cases that established favorable precedent for employers in New York. He secured decisions to preserve at-will employment in the state of New York, shield banks from liabilities due to check forgery, and clarify the scope of whistleblower statues in the health care industry. He later spent many years providing ERISA counsel to major health, disability, and life insurers, and handling medical insurance claims and contract disputes with insureds and medical providers. Ken also regularly defends a manufacturer of transportation products against asbestos claims. Clients credit his proven trial strategies with resolving their cases efficiently and cost-effectively while minimizing disruption to their business.
In addition, Ken is Co-Chair of the firm’s National Litigation Steering Committee.