For 35 years, Ken Yerkes, chairman of the Labor and Employment Department, has successfully fought for his clients' business objectives at the bargaining table; in federal and state court matters; in arbitrations; and on the ground in facilities throughout the U.S., including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin and Wyoming. Ken's ability to transform complex matters into workable strategies has earned him his clients' trust and acclaim as a recognized leader in labor and employment law.
It is no surprise, then, that Ken is a Fellow in both The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America, and has received the highest rating in every edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Ken, who has been chair of the Labor and Employment Department since 2000, is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell™ and listed as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment.” Ken has been recognized on multiple occasions as one of Indiana's “Top 50” lawyers in Indiana Super Lawyers; has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for 20 years and was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers; and has been interviewed and quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal; Inside Counsel Magazine; Corporate Counsel Magazine; and Law360. Ken has also been named a “Distinguished Barrister” by The Indiana Lawyer.
Because of his desire to always remain a full-service resource for his clients, Ken has designed his practice to be well-balanced between litigation, counseling, and traditional labor matters. With respect to collective bargaining, in addition to negotiating countless contract renewals (some over several contract terms with the same client), Ken's experience runs the gamut from first contract negotiations to pattern agreements, managing strikes, and successfully implementing lockouts without union charges resulting in a complaint. He has bargained with and run union-avoidance campaigns against virtually every union in the country, and regularly trains employers on the best practices for remaining union free.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Kenneth J. Yerkes