Ken Willner is vice chair of the Paul Hastings Employment Law Department. He is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He represents employers, particularly focusing on employment discrimination class actions, employment testing and validation, wage/hour collective actions, statistics, disability discrimination; protection of employer intellectual property; and drug and alcohol testing.
Mr. Willner is a recognized leader of the management bar in the fields of employment discrimination class actions and employment testing and validation. He represents employers in employment law and litigation in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He has deep experience with employment law class actions; employment testing; test validation, statistics and expert witnesses, as well as individual cases; discrimination litigation; sexual harassment; disability discrimination; wage and hour advice and litigation; family/medical leave; affirmative action; compliance reviews; wrongful discharge; traditional labor law; labor relations; unfair labor practice charges; executive contract negotiations; protection of employer intellectual property; non-competition covenants; drug and alcohol testing; and employment law torts. Mr. Willner’s clients include companies that make or use employment tests, financial institutions, major retail chains, airlines, manufacturers, government entities, government contractors, high-tech firms, industry associations, local government associations, professional service organizations, accounting firms, law firms, real estate companies, environmental companies, and individuals.
Nine Paul Hastings Lawyers Recognized as Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers
December 16, 2020
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2020
May 01, 2020
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Achieves Jury Win for Dollar Tree
March 15, 2013
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Garners Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2010 Guide
June 14, 2010
Paul Hastings Selected as The American Lawyers Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year
January 06, 2010
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Executive Order on “Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping”
September 28, 2020
OSHA's Updated Recording & Enforcement Guidance for COVID-19
May 29, 2020
OSHA Continues to Publish Alerts Offering Industry-Specific Safety Guidance
May 18, 2020
Critical Workers and Direct Threat to Self: EEOC Publishes More Technical Guidance
May 08, 2020
The EEOC’s Updated Technical Assistance Q&A, Including New Return to Work Guidance
April 20, 2020
Virginia Is for Employees: New Laws Employers Need to Know
April 16, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Expanded Guidance from the CDC and EEOC
April 13, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Employment Issues
March 08, 2020
Prior Salary in Employment Decisions: California Changes and Attempts to Clarify Recent Salary History Ban and Fair Pay Act Legislation
August 01, 2018
Understanding The DOL’s Proposed Regulations On Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors
March 07, 2016
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulations Pose Substantial New Burdens and Risks for Federal Contractors
June 04, 2015
Employers Should Be Aware of Recent Changes and Additions to Key D.C. Employment Laws
February 20, 2015
Recognized by Chambers USA 2020
Chambers USA 2020: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 37 research areas and named 104 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 01, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Marc Bernstein and Kenneth Willner were elected as Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. They join 18 Paul Hastings partners in the Employment Law department who have received this honor, giving the firm the highest representation of any employment law department in the College.
The College was founded in 1995 to recognize outstanding practitioners in the field of labor and employment law. The rigorous nomination and selection process is conducted by panels of distinguished members of the labor and employment bar on the plaintiff, management, and union side.
Law360 Awards - Top Practice Groups of the Year
Paul Hastings' Employment Law practice was recognized as one of Law360s "Top Practice Groups of The Year."
January 02, 2013
BTI Consulting Group
Barbara Brown, Kirby Wilcox and Ken Willner were recognized for their commitment to client service excellence by BTI Consulting Group in the 2011 Client Service All-Stars Awards.
February 16, 2011