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KenBello

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Partner

Overview

Biography

Ken has nearly four decades of experience in all areas of labor and employment law and acts as primary counsel for many companies throughout the United States in a wide range of industries, including financial services, biotechnology, high tech, health care, consulting services, manufacturing, retail, and hospitality services. His clients also include venture and private equity institutions as well as related portfolio entities.

Ken regularly acts as lead trial counsel in defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage-hour and overtime, wrongful discharge, whistleblowing, and other employment-related lawsuits as well as in litigating noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality disputes. He has been lead counsel in multiple class-action lawsuits involving claims for overtime and other statutory compensation as well as the federal plant-closing (WARN Act) law. Among other significant matters, he recently and successfully defended a company in the first-in-the-United States class gender compensation case brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the US Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor. He also has extensive experience in traditional labor-management relations, including union organizing drives, collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and arbitration cases, and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

Ken also provides clients with day-to-day advice on myriad employment issues, including hiring, performance management, allegations of discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, and other claims of wrongful conduct. He works with clients in responding to employee misconduct, including violations of employment agreements; restrictive covenants, including noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements; and misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. He also advises companies in connection with local, state, and federal laws applicable to the employment relationship, including all matters relating to payment of wages and overtime, affirmative action, workplace safety, leaves of absence, layoffs and plant closings, medical, drug and alcohol testing, and privacy, to name a few.

Ken serves as an arbitrator in connection with employment-related disputes.

Experience

Prior Experience

  • Bello Welsh, Co-Founding Partner
  • Mintz Levin, Senior Partner

Selected Community Activities

  • Hebrew Senior Life, Trustee
  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Former Board Member

Selected Honors

  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment – Massachusetts
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Massachusetts: Employment & Labor, 2005–2021
Knowledge

Selected Publications & Media

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