A native of Canton, Georgia, Ken brings some unique educational and work experiences to the Firm in representing local governments and their employees in a multitude of matters from alleged civil rights violations and law enforcement to employment matters.
His pre-law education focus on Political Science and Public Administration led to a position on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn assisting with large group and local government constituent services and projects of mass impact in the areas of agriculture, the environment, and transportation and disaster services.
After law school, Ken clerked for Randall Thomas, Presiding Judge for the Montgomery, Alabama Circuit. Following his clerkship, Ken returned to Georgia and continued his focus on the public sector; he was appointed the first in-house Staff Attorney for the Bulloch County, Georgia Board of Commissioners-- a truly real-world continuing education in the daily workings and challenges of a local government in dealing with budgetary issues, personnel and other administrative issues.
Ken added commercial real estate to his realm of focus and gained considerable experience while at another Atlanta firm, as well as corporate real estate counsel for a publicly traded restaurant franchise company. Primarily, his focus was on commercial real estate transactions from assemblage of multiple parcels of property into one and the further development and due diligence required in constructing and developing commercial properties. This experience, coupled with his practical zoning experience while working for Bulloch County, have proven invaluable in zoning litigation representing local government entities.
On a personal level, Ken and his wife, Chris, the Director of Volunteer Services for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, live in the Druid Hills community in DeKalb County. Both have been actively involved in various community services-- in particular Leadership DeKalb where Ken served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ken proudly serves in a volunteer role on the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, which he considers insufficient repayment to an organization that he credits with much of his personal and professional success in life. Ken is an avid photographer, and has given his time to the Atlanta Community Food Bank photographing events for them. He has even done some professional photography work that was used in a large retail development's advertising campaign. Ken is a fervent Formula One and sports car racing fan in addition to being a devoted fan to the University of Georgia and all of its sports teams.
Ken has experience in handling the organization, maintenance and conversion of various business entities, including profit and non-profit corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.
• Oversaw the conversion of approximately 400 Sub-Chapter S Corporations to limited liability companies while serving as Corporate Counsel for an international, publicly traded restaurant franchisor saving the parent company several hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual registration fees
• Directed the restructuring of a client’s business into a multi-part organization of separate subsidiary components
• Directed the acquisition of a competitor company for an existing client
Ken represents principally public employers in Title VII claims for assorted discrimination claims. He has represented entities both before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as in court.
• Has successfully defended employers on sex, age and racial discrimination claims
• Has represented several governmental entities before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Ken understands the nature of the role government plays in our everyday lives. Ken has a Master of Public Administration, worked on large projects and constituent services for former Senator Sam Nunn prior to law school, and worked as an in-house attorney for Bulloch County, Georgia. These experiences and knowledge of governmental activity give Ken the ability to help our clients navigate bureaucracies and advance their needs.
Ken represents numerous local governments and law enforcement departments in defending civil rights violation claims as well as land use and zoning suits. He was the first in-house Staff Attorney for the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners.
• Implemented the first zoning ordinance for Bulloch County
• Successfully defended the zoning ordinance against a significant constitutional challenge
on an industrial rezoning
• Successfully defended a Georgia Sheriff in a slander suit that was appealed and affirmed wherein the Georgia Court of Appeals expanded the application of the defenses to publication
• Has obtained numerous victories through successful motions for summary judgment in cases ranging from civil rights violations to simple liability claims as well as jury and nonjury defense verdicts for police officers.
Ken represents non medical professionals in claims raised by their clients and customers. In particular, he has developed an extensive practice in representing insurance agents in claims filed by their customers alleging errors and omissions related to insurance coverage and procurement.
Has represented numerous insurance agents in failure to procure claims, including victories through successful summary judgment arguments.
Has represented real estate appraisers in negligent representation claims
Has represented attorneys in legal malpractice claims, including a key victory through a successful summary judgment argument.
Ken represents physicians and dentists in professional negligence claims they face. He has a keen interest in understanding the art of the medicine and techniques in question, and works with his clients to understand more fully the intricacies of details of the decision making processes and the procedures they. This enables Ken to effectively work to defend the physician or dentist in appropriately finding and working with that professional, and with expert witnesses, to present their case in an understandable way for the lay person to comprehend. Ken also represents physicians and dentists before their respective licensure boards when required.
Ken has a background in commercial real estate and can provide unparalleled service to existing and new firm clients in this area. He has worked as both outside counsel for real estate developers in private practice and was Corporate Real Estate Counsel for an international, publicly traded restaurant franchisor.
• Has negotiated hundreds of commercial/retail leases
• Worked on a large assemblage of properties to develop a golf/swim/tennis community
• Worked on number buy/build/lease/sell retail projects
• Acts as counsel to two homeowners association