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Kenneth A. Wexler, Founder, Managing Partner / Chicago

Contact Information 312.589.6270
kaw@wexlerwallace.com
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For more than 30 years, Kenneth A. Wexler’s focus has been on helping those whose rights have been denied, or who have been victims of the unscrupulous or fraudulent actions of others — usually by more powerful people and organizations. He devotes his practice to complex class action and commercial litigation and has been appointed to leadership positions in more than a dozen class actions throughout his career. These multi-million dollar cases have involved far-ranging subject matters, including brand name manufacturer suppression of competition from generic drugs, fraudulent and deceptive product overcharges, oppression of minority shareholders, discrimination and harassment, corporate waste and mismanagement, cost recovery for defective medical devices, false advertising, and government fraud.

Litigating class action antitrust cases against some of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world is truly where Ken has developed a niche. In 1997, Ken’s previous firm filed In re Synthroid Marketing Litigation, which was one of the first, if not the first, cases brought against a brand name pharmaceutical manufacturer for attempting to suppress generic competition, forcing consumers to pay more for their medication than they would in a competitive market. Since that first case, Ken has continued to be an active player in the pharmaceutical antitrust arena, having a key role in several major class actions and helping to recover more than $1 billion for consumers and third party payors affected by price manipulation and anticompetitive conduct. In 2014, Ken was part of a team that tried the first antitrust pay-for-delay generic class action since the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision.

Prior to founding Wexler Wallace in 2000, Ken was a partner at the firm formerly known as Much Shelist Freed Dennenberg Ament & Eiger, PC and a founding member of the firm Miller Faucher Cafferty and Wexler LLP. Ken received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980.

When not keeping a demanding case load and travel schedule, Ken spends his spare time with his family, volunteering with various not-for-profit and charitable organizations, and trying to perfect ascending vertical and oxer jumps at equestrian shows across the country.

APPOINTED & REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Fellow of the Roscoe Pound Institute
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Public Justice, Class Action Preservation Project
  • National Association of State Treasurers

CHARITABLE & COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, & TEACHING

  • Securities Lending by Pension Funds (White Paper on the problems faced by pension plans and governments engaged in securities lending programs)
  • Guest Speaker, “Reverse Payment Antitrust Litigation,” DePaul College of Law Health Law Institute, February 17, 2015
  • Panelist, “Access to Justice: Framing Your Case to Handle an MTD,” AAJ Plaintiff Only Consumer Warranty Class Action Litigation Seminar, June 4, 2014
  • Panelist, A Discussion of Financial Regulatory Reform, National Association of State Treasurers Annual Conference, Sept. 11, 2012
  • Adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching Complex Litigation, fall 2012
  • Ken’s expertise has been sought by local, national and international media, including interviews by the London Economist, Property Week, Chinese television and syndicated programs, on both national radio and TV, including The Law Business Insider.
  • Ken was profiled in Fortune Magazine as one of America’s premier lawyers, has written on class action issues for the American Association for Justice, actively lectures on consumer fraud, antitrust and class certification, he and has been a panelist at national legal seminars.

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • With so many of the firm’s cases pending in jurisdictions across the country, Ken has also entered appearances in United States District Courts of New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, Minnesota, Maryland, South Dakota, Connecticut, Ohio, California, and Wisconsin.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1980
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Washington University, 1977

AWARDS & ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2008-2015
  • Benchmark Plaintiffs’ Local Litigation Star, 2011-2015
  • Recipient, Arnold J. Lien Prize in Political Science, 1977