Ken has spent more than 35 years defending and managing nationwide complex litigation involving sophisticated medical, bio-engineering and other scientific issues. Over the last seven years, he has managed the defense of one of the largest multi-district litigations in the United States, involving more than 10,000 personal injury claims related to implanted medical devices.
As national counsel for one of the world’s largest orthopaedic companies for more than 25 years, Ken has developed a deep understanding of materials science, biomechanics, bioengineering, and biological responses to implants both locally and systemically, as well as the applicable FDA regulatory framework. He has also been national counsel for a diabetes care company facing claims, lawsuits and multiple regulatory issues related to external insulin infusion pumps.
Ken’s interest in the crossroads of science, regulation and human health has also naturally led him into the environmental realm. He has handled a number of environmental claims and lawsuits involving environmental contamination claims (land, air and water), EPA enforcement actions and professional negligence claims.
He has maintained a diverse practice and also has extensive experience in matters involving the law of lawyering, including legal ethics and defense of professional liability claims. Besides representing a number of other law firms in these matters, Ken was Barnes & Thornburg's General Counsel from 1995 to 2015, and chairman of the firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee from 1993 to 2001.
Besides being recognized on the Indiana Super Lawyers list, he has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of bet-the-company litigation, environmental litigation and commercial litigation.
Ken graduated, magna cum laude, from Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., and received his J.D., summa cum laude, in 1982 from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.
Ken has also been an active participant in many civic activities, including serving for many years as a trustee of the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and serving on the boards of the public broadcasting affiliate of central Indiana (WFYI) and a nonprofit working in a small community in the hills of Haiti. He and his wife have also been heavily involved in advocacy and service organizations for LGBTQ youth in central Indiana. Ken also won The Nature Conservancy’s highest volunteer award for his extensive pro bono legal work.