A well-known litigator recommended in particular for his expertise in discrimination, trade secrets, contract matters and senior executive consulting.
The PLC Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook 

Ken Taber has extensive experience litigating, and favorably resolving, game-changing cases for governments, corporations and individuals.

Ken is known for taking on high-profile, complex matters of public interest; trade secret, employment, product liability and defamation cases; and a variety of other civil litigation. Representing the City of New York, he led Pillsbury’s landmark litigation to stem the flow of illegal guns. As a recognized authority on employment litigation, Ken is often called upon to share his experience and insights on employment issues. 

For more than a decade, Ken was the national co-leader of Pillsbury's Litigation practice.

Representative Experience

Represented the City of New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Federal Court litigation The New York Times called the mayor’s “most successful tactic…to undermine the illegal gun trade.” 

Served as Pillsbury’s relationship partner in representing a former governor and several political committees organized by that governor.

Advised New York City on legal issues pertaining to the city’s disaster planning efforts, including analysis of scenarios as varied as superstorms, dirty bombs, chemical attacks and pandemics.

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  • Defended a leading Japanese trading company against national origin and race discrimination Federal Court claims brought by multiple members of its U.S.-based human resources team. Opposing counsel in this matter later served as the Brooklyn District Attorney.
  • Represented a leading aerospace manufacturer through the three-week trial in Florida State Court of its trade secrets misappropriation suit against a former employee who diverted more than $60 million in new orders.
  • Represented a global health care company in Connecticut arbitration proceedings, including 17 days of hearings, and a Federal Court suit, in which three former employees sought more than $15 million in change-in-control benefits. 
  • Represented a Fortune 10 company in South Carolina theft of trade secrets litigation against a former business partner seeking to establish a competing business with stolen information. 
  • Represented a cord blood stem cell bank in a New Jersey trade secret and confidential information misappropriation action against a former manager who took confidential data to his national sales VP position with a direct competitor. 
  • Represented electronic security company in New Jersey joint inventorship litigation and Florida patent infringement lawsuit.
  • Represented a Bermuda-based reinsurer in multiple arbitrations arising from contested reinsurance agreements and the undisclosed risks claimed to be covered. 
  • Defended a high-profile boutique hotel group against multiple sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
  • Served as counsel to a modeling agency in widely reported litigation against a top former model who joined a competing agency in breach of her exclusive representation agreement.
  • Secured injunctive relief for a technology company to block an Internet smear campaign. 
  • Represented a health care data company in a Delaware injunctive proceeding to compel the turnover of licensed health care data owed by the Massachusetts company in which it had invested. 
  • Served as national trial counsel for a Fortune 500 company in its mass tort product liability litigation. 
  • Joined with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. on a pro bono basis to successfully represent a class of employees challenging racial discrimination at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Professional Highlights

Primary author and editor-in-chief of Employment Litigation in New York, a 700-page treatise on employment law.

One of only 16 attorneys in New York recommended in The PLC Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook for employment litigation. 

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Chairman of the Board

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  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes (2017)
  • Associations
    • Harlem School of the Arts, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
    • Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Board of Directors
    • Northwell Health, Board of Overseers


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1980

    B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 1977
    summa cum laude


  • New York


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York