Kenneth B. Chaiken
University of Florida, BA; George Washington University, JD
Admissions 1988, Texas, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Kenneth Chaiken was born in Falls Church, Virginia on October 28, 1963. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He returned to the Washington, D.C. area and attended the National Law Center at George Washington University. He graduated from law school in 1988, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. Kenneth is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Bar of the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Foundation, and the American Association for Justice.
Kenneth came to Dallas after graduating from law school, beginning his practice in the local office of a large, national law firm, where he concentrated in the areas of business and commercial litigation, and real estate transactions. After several years at a mid-size Dallas firm, where his practice evolved into a true general civil trial practice, he decided to leave the traditional law firm environment, and to venture out on his own, eventually forming Chaiken & Chaiken, P.C. In doing so, he fulfilled a long time “dream” (which some might call a nightmare) of having a family business! Kenneth is the oldest of the Chaiken brothers, all of whom are lawyers.
Kenneth now limits his practice to complex civil litigation matters. He is regularly involved in cases of all varieties in which he represents individuals, families, partnerships and large and small businesses. Throughout his career as a trial lawyer, Kenneth has had the unique experience of litigating and trying cases in venues across Texas and in multiple other states across the U.S. His record of success is exceptional.
Kenneth’s practice has, over the years, also emphasized and evolved into a full service crisis management practice, through which he not only acts as counsel to prevent forseeable crises, but assists clients in responding to them when they arise, quickly marshaling all appropriate resources (external where necessary) to respond to and mitigate the crisis, on a coordinated basis, through a coordinated plan of legal advice, stategic communications and media relations, on-line reputation and content management, and broad based risk management activities.
Kenneth has been invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates forum on several occasions. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest ethical and professional rating available. He frequently speaks and lectures on a variety of legal topics to various legal organizations or consumers of legal services. He has been the subject of numerous articles and television reports about cases and matters he has handled that are of public interest. Kenneth also has served on the Board of Trustees for the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, Kenneth organized and mobilized a grass roots organization of friends and colleagues, and through his network of clients and contacts in the Dallas- Fort Worth who own and manage apartment communities, arranged for immediate safe and comfortable housing for hundreds of evacuee families who had made their way to this community, also providing them with household necessities at the time of their arrival in their new homes. This “program” served as a model for one that was eventually adopted and implemented by the Salvation Army and the City of Dallas.
Kenneth also is, most importantly, a very proud parent of three great kids, all of whom are very successful, multi-talented and accomplished in their own rights.