Ken was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University where he announced Nittany Lions football and baseball games on the student radio station, as well as hosted a weekly sports talk show. As a freshman, Ken asserted his passion for law when he single handedly challenged the University’s lack of a policy prohibiting or otherwise discouraging professors from scheduling exams during religious holidays. Ultimately, Penn State agreed to include in its policies a provision encouraging professors to accept religious holidays as an excusable absence for exams.
Ken’s jobs during college included being a janitor at a hospital, life guarding, and pizza making. Ken graduated in the top 10% of his class from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981.
Upon graduation from Penn State, Ken attended George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, DC. While studying at George Washington, Ken worked as a law clerk at two law firms, part time during the school year and full time during the summer. Ken was also an active member of the Jessup Cup Moot Court competition and a legal clinic where he provided legal services for indigent clients. Ken graduated from George Washington with a Juris degree in 1984.
After completing a month long backpack trip through Europe, Ken began practicing law in September, 1984. He has over twenty five years experience in business law, health care law, franchise law, estate planning and administration, alternative dispute resolution, and real estate.
His business law experience includes the planning and establishment of entities, negotiating and drafting agreements, resolving disputes, and business succession planning.
Ken has represented healthcare clients in a variety of matters, including employment agreements, acquisitions, medical staff issues, and tax issues. By virtue of his representation of hospitals, Ken has been influential in changing the manner in which state and local tax exempt status is determined for non-profit institutions. Ken also successfully argued that the former Pennsylvania certificate of need law was being unconstitutionally enforced, resulting in significant revisions to that law.
Ken represents several franchisors and cooperatives in general business matters as well as ensuring that these businesses abide by the various registration requirements. Ken also represents numerous franchisees.
Ken has also represented clients in multi-million dollar Internal Revenue Code section § 1031 exchanges.
Ken has served as an arbitrator for hundreds of cases for the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Ken has also represented many clients in these forums.
Ken believes some of his greatest strengths are his fair-mindedness and creativity. He utilizes these strengths to complete transactions, as well as to resolve disputes of his clients, prior to litigation, often resulting in substantial savings to his clients.
Ken’s passion for the law is exceeded only by his family, namely his wife Jodi and his daughters Carly and Jamie and dogs Teddy and Lilly. When Ken is not working or spending time with his family he likes to exercise. He is also Executive Vice President at his synagogue, Temple Ohav Shalom, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Chamber, Inc., serving the Northern Allegheny and Cranberry business communities