10 Famous Lawyers Named Ken You May Debate

kenstarrThere are ten lawyers in this list, all of whom are named Ken. However, that’s not the only thing that they have in common, as each of these Kens has also flirted with fame over the course of their career. Robert Frost once said, “A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.” If that’s true, then each of these lawyers has more than adequately presented his case.

  1. Ken Starr – Arguably the most famous lawyer in the world during his heyday, Ken Starr played a pivotal role in a number of investigations during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Two of Starr’s most controversial investigations were the death by suicide of White House counsel Vince Foster, and the Whitewater scandal involving Bill and Hilary Clinton’s real estate investments.
  2. Ken Dryden – Before his career in law, Ken Dryden had already made his name as a NHL (National Hockey League) goaltender. In fact, due to his impressive record, he is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ken earned his degree in Law at McGill University, before eventually going into politics. From 2004 to 2011, Dryden held a seat in the Canadian government as a Liberal Member of Parliament.
  3. Kenneth Feinberg – No stranger to difficult and sensitive cases, Kenneth Feinberg was Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund. Feinberg is usually the first choice when it comes to legal administration, and has served as a professor at the Columbia University School of Law.
  4. Kenneth Kleinberg – Lawyer to the stars, Kenneth Kleinberg has represented the elite of Hollywood. Although Kleinberg’s client list is highly confidential, his string of awards – which includes the “2011 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year” – speaks volumes about his success in the industry. Kenneth Kleinberg is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, and has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Weintraub Entertainment Group.
  5. Kenneth Okonkwo – A popular Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy. The actor is best known for his role as “Andy” in the Nigerian film Living in Bondage. Although qualified to practice law, Okonkwo decided to step out of the limelight for another calling; he now frequently appears at Christian events as a guest minister.
  6. Ken McKenna – In his long and successful career, Ken McKenna has worked on a number of high profile cases. However, the biggest case of his career was in representing the mother of a teenage suicide victim against the might of the record industry. The case involved two teenage boys who created a suicide pact while listening to the heavy metal band Judas Priest. One of the boys died instantly from a shotgun blast, while the other survived with serious face and head injuries.  During the case, McKenna identified alleged subliminal messaging in a track that the boys had been listening to, which led to a landmark decision in the case.
  7. Kenneth Clarke – This Conservative politician was first elected to the British parliament in 1970. Clarke is one of Britain’s best known politicians, and holds an honours degree in law from Cambridge University. Kenneth Clarke has held some of the highest positions in British government, including Health and Education Secretary. However, he saw his most successful years in government during his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer from May of 1993 to May of 1997.
  8. District Attorney Ken Anderson – Former District Attorney for Williamson County in Texas, Ken Anderson found himself on the wrong side of the dock after being implemented in hiding crucial evidence in the murder trial of Michael Morton in 1987. Morton was subsequently given life for the murder of his wife, Christine Morton.
  9. Ken Thompson – As a lifelong advocate of truth and justice for the poor and unrepresented masses, Ken Thompson has made quite a name for himself. Thompson was first thrust into the public light when he represented Abner Louima, in what would become one of the biggest police brutality cases to take place in New York. Two police officers were later found guilty of brutal attacks on Louima, which are still referenced in human rights cases today.
  10. Ken Corning – Everyone has heard of the fictional lawyer, Perry Mason. However, few will know that the character was born in an earlier guise under the name, Ken Corning. Corning was a sleuthing lawyer and the main character of six short stories, which were featured in “Black Mask,” a popular magazine where Perry Mason creator Erie Stanley Gardner was a lead writer.