Kenneth J. Wilbur

Partner Florham Park
ken.wilbur dbr.com
Phone: (973) 549-7320
Fax: (973) 360-9831

About

Kenneth J. Wilbur is a litigator who resolves novel disputes that cross legal disciplines, drawing on a broad range of experience in the areas of constitutional law, mass torts, real estate, administrative law and legal ethics.

Ken has pursued successful federalism defenses in contexts as varied as preemption of punitive damage claims in mass tort litigation and of state law consumer fraud class action claims. He has also been active in developing First Amendment and other defenses to unfair trade practice and Medicaid fraud claims against the pharmaceutical industry.

As special counsel to the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, he has been intimately involved in efforts to amend the State Constitution to restructure the State’s public employee benefits program, including the preparation of three reports detailing comprehensive pension and health benefit reform proposals. On a pro bono basis, Ken has defended a dozen houses of worship in a constitutional challenge to their right to receive government historic preservation grants. Ken has also defended solo practitioners and Am Law 100 firms in legal malpractice matters arising from real estate, corporate transactional, commercial and medical malpractice disputes, as well as in disciplinary matters related to the unauthorized practice of law. On behalf of a number of clients, Ken also directed a successful nationwide litigation strategy that shaped the development of federal and state law governing the siting of personal wireless services facilities.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Ken served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan B. Handler, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has lectured on public employee benefits reform and published articles on First Amendment rights of corporations, state court jurisdiction, choice of law and preemption of punitive damages, legal ethics and appellate procedure A partner of the firm since 1996, Ken serves as a member of the firm’s Public Interest Committee.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1987, with honors, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Lehigh University, B.A., 1984

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, Special Counsel

Ken's Areas of Focus