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We were recently featured in New York Magazine's June 2015 issue for New York's Top Verdicts & Settlements and Personal Injury 2015 Litigators. Kenneth T. Kerner has been practicing law since 1989 and specializes in civil litigation, with a special emphasis on medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and general tort liability. He has extensive interest and acquired knowledge in legal and medical research, which serve his clients well in all matters of personal injury litigation. Mr. Kerner has litigated hundreds of cases to successful conclusion on behalf of his clients, and has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in the various trial courts throughout the State of New York. Mr. Kerner has been retained as special trial counsel to firms throughout the tri-state area. He also advocates in the appellate tribunals of the State of New York, and, on appeal, has obtained numerous affirmances and reversals of lower court rulings in matters pending before the New York State trial courts, establishing legal precedent in New York State. Mr. Kerner also serves as a court appointed mediator in the Civil Court of the City of New York, where he is called upon to hear evidence and render decisions in all types of civil litigation. He has also been appointed by various Supreme Court Justices as a Special Referee in foreclosure proceedings and as a Guardian Ad Litem for mentally disabled individuals and infants. Mr. Kerner has been honored to serve as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney's Office, where he wrote and argued appellate briefs on behalf of the People of the State of New York. Kenneth T. Kerner is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and passed the New Jersey State Bar Examination in 1989. He is also admitted to practice law and appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Kerner is a member in good standing of the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), a prominent victim's rights advocacy group. Mr. Kerner graduated cum laude from Syracuse University in 1986 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics and a Concentration in Professional Studies. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity. Thereafter, Mr. Kerner attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1989. During law school, Mr. Kerner interned for a Justice of the Appellate Division - Second Judicial Department and was a member of his law school newspaper and trial advocacy moot court program. He has been actively practicing law since his law school graduation. Mr. Kerner has been honored to be reviewed by fellow practicing attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area for Martindale-Hubbell, a prominent and respected attorney peer review firm, and awarded its highest "AV Preeminent" rating in legal ability and professional ethics. In his free time, Mr. Kerner cherishes his time with his family. He enjoys exercising, skiing and the great outdoors.

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Represented the family of an elderly woman who was physically abused and suffered severe injuries while a patient at a nursing home facility. We were able to secure a significant settlement for the family as compensation for the pain and suffering of their loved one.

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We pride ourselves on preparing every case as if it is going to trial. In that way, we are able to maximize the value of each case and are prepared take the case to trial if settlement is not possible.

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We believe that our hard work, dedication and accessibility differentiate us from many attorneys in the community.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is obtaining fair compensation for our clients who suffered a loss due to negligence. In many cases, our efforts have substantially altered our client’s life and helped each them back on the road to recovery.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
When not practicing law, I like to exercise, bike, ski and practically anything outdoors.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyKerner & KernerNew York22 Years
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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva UniversityJ.D. Law School1989  
Syracuse UniversityB.A.Economics1986
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NY1989
  • Syracuse University - BA cum laude
    Manhattan District Attorney - Special Counsel - Appeals Unit (1992)
    Admitted to practice in the United States District Court - Eastern District & Southern District of New York
    Admitted to argue before the United States Supreme Court

    Featured in New York Magazine's June 2015 issue for New York's Top Verdicts & Settlements and Personal Injury 2015 Litigators.

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