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Kenneth J. Cesta

Kenneth J. Cesta

Of Counsel

Overview

Ken Cesta is an experienced commercial litigator with more than 30 years of litigation experience in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and several other states. Ken’s practice focuses on defending insurers in insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation involving commercial general liability, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, cyber and media policies, as well as representing employers in actions involving all forms of employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and workplace harassment. He was previously part of a national trial team representing two public financial institutions in employment litigation throughout the United States. Ken also maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice including class action securities litigation, business torts, and shareholder/partnership disputes. He has substantial experience representing financial institutions in debt recovery litigation including commercial foreclosures in New Jersey and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Ken also has extensive experience in the e-discovery field, implementing cost-effective e-discovery and litigation readiness plans for his clients. He holds an eDiscovery Executive Certificate (eDEx) from and is a member of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and is a frequent lecturer on e-discovery topics including managing e-discovery costs and document retention policies.

Ken is a former chair of the New Jersey District VB Ethics Committee and has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a special ethics master in several complex disciplinary actions brought by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics. He is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court in several matters to serve as a special ethics master in complex disciplinary actions brought by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics against practicing attorneys.
  • Appointed to the Neutral Mediator Panel for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Morris and Sussex Counties (2010-2017)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • District VB Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
    • Former Member, Vice Chair, and Chair

Credentials

Education
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1986)
  • Muhlenberg College (B.A. in Political Science, 1983)
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Background

  • Partner, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas LLP, New Brunswick, NJ (2017-2019)
    • Employment Litigation and Insurance Practices
    • Technology Committee
    • Human Resources Investigation Partner
  • Shareholder, Bressler Amery & Ross, P.C., Florham Park, NJ (2014-2017)
    • Employment and Commercial Litigation Departments
    • Technology Committee
  • Partner, Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas LLP, New Brunswick, NJ (2011-2014)
  • Partner and Counsel, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Madison, NJ (1997-2011)
    • Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Associate and Counsel, Commercial Litigation Department, Budd Larner LLC , Short Hills, NJ (1992-1997)
  • Associate, Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation Departments, Dillon Bitar & Luther LLP, Morristown, NJ (1986-1992)

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