When I was with the U.S. attorney’s office, an expert witness once told me, “You really do chew on an old bone.” While that made me smile, it’s true that I tend to make my clients’ problems my own, think deeply about them and commit to doing whatever it takes to solve them. I don’t let things go or give up. Diving into challenging waters is what attracted me to law in the first place.
Ken Carroll is a former federal prosecutor turned litigator who handles an array of business-related matters—including stockholder derivative actions and other director and officer matters, legal malpractice cases, antitrust disputes, and class action lawsuits, as well as appeals. Whether Ken is in trial, drafting an appellate brief, or analyzing a complex issue of corporate governance, one thing is constant: his commitment to meeting the client’s needs.
While Ken understands that succeeding in a case for the client’s benefit can involve compromise as well as combat, he fundamentally approaches all matters with the same tenacity he brought to criminal prosecution. And whether his client heads a multinational corporation or is one person with one problem, he makes certain they receive the same level of dedication and careful attention. This approach has earned him peer recognition and numerous accolades. But, more important to Ken, it’s what his clients expect of him and what he expects of himself.
A law professor once told Ken that thinking deeply can be like swimming under water: the mind, like the body, rebels; it prefers the surface. But the successful thinkers, the successful attorneys, learn to immerse themselves, to continually force themselves beyond the surface. Ken took this lesson to heart. And his ability to analyze issues and then to craft creative, yet always legitimate arguments and solutions leads to his regularly being called into colleagues’ matters to lend his perspective, when they need “The Big Think.” He is also relied upon for his ability, at the trial level, to position the client optimally for future appeals, via error preservation, motions, and otherwise.
When I was with the U.S. attorney’s office, an expert witness once told me, ‘You really do chew on an old bone.’ I do tend to worry over issues. I spend a lot of time and personal energy on solving problems. Any problem you have is going to be my problem.Ken Carroll