A seasoned trial lawyer, Kenneth J. Turnbull litigates complex, high-profile employment cases including US-wide discrimination class actions, single-plaintiff and multiplaintiff discrimination matters, and wrongful discharge disputes. Kenneth devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling and defending clients in the financial services industry. He frequently appears before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other arbitration panels to address employment compensation, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and defamation claims. Kenneth leads the labor and employment practice in New York.
Kenneth’s litigation practice extends to defending clients in restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes, and Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and other whistleblower claims. He also represents employers in collective bargaining, union representation elections, labor arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Kenneth advises on internal business matters as well, including the implementation and enforcement of restrictive covenants and arbitration programs; diversity initiatives; issues related to reductions in force; and executive retention and compensation plans. A former co-chair of the firm’s International Labor and Employment group, Kenneth also handles international employment matters.
Every year since 2005, Kenneth has been named as one of the leading US lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 21st edition for Employment Law—Management and Litigation and has been listed in Human Resource Executive’s “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” and in Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers.
Rutgers University School of Law, 1991, J.D., With Honors
Lehigh University, 1986, B.S.
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Labor & Employment, New York, Chambers USA (2005–2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Recognized, Employment Law – Management, New York; Litigation – Labor and Employment, New York, The Best Lawyers in America (2013–2020, 2022)
Recognized, New York Super Lawyers (2007–2018)
Recognized, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive (2011–2012)
Recognized, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)
Recommended, Employment, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008
Member, Order of the Coif, Rutgers University School of Law