N.S. (Ken) Kendrick, III

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Two Party $275.00
Three Party $220.00
Four Party $190.00
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Biography

After over thirty years of trial and transactional law practice and ten years of independent board service, Ken has worked for the past seven years as a full time mediator and arbitrator. Ken has mediated over 1,000 cases in twelve states while serving on the Henning panel resulting in over $200,000,000 in funded settlements. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Ken mediated more disputes involving directors and officers of failed financial institutions than any mediator in the country.

A long time “true believer” in mediation, in 1994 Ken drafted the organizational documents for the ADR Section of the Georgia Bar, served on the initial board with our founder, Ed Henning, and was later elected as third chair of the section. Ken received his first mediation training at the Harvard Law School Mediation Institute. In 2008 he completed an additional sixty hour program at the Strauss Dispute Resolution Institute (Pepperdine University) and in 2010 participated in an additional sixty hour domestic relations training program at Henning. He was included on the first listing of Georgia neutrals published by the Office of Dispute Resolution and is currently registered in general civil litigation and domestic relations.

Ken’s mediation practice focuses on business disputes and high asset domestic relations matters. Ken has mediated business divorce and post acquisition/merger disputes of all types as well as banking (post judgment mediation of largest lender liability verdict in Ga; D&O and fiduciary liability), mass torts (1100 consolidated dental malpractice cases; food contamination), insurance coverage (environmental, reputations, fiduciary and other), intellectual property (largest IP settlement in the history of UGA, trademark), estate, data processing systems and outsourcing (Fortune 15 company), professional liability (accounting, legal), employment (Fortune 15 company executives, non-compete disputes, wrongful termination), employee benefits (major health care system) and class action litigations (securities, consumer products, financial fraud). Ken brings his business experience and counseling training to domestic relations matters involving complex marital estate issues as well as the emotional disruption inherent in any family dissolution.

Ken has arbitrated local and international business disputes under Henning, AAA and ICC rules. He has been appointed as Special Master in both State and Federal courts.

Education

  • Ken is a “Double Dog” graduate of the University of Georgia (Philosophy - Magna Cum Laude; Law) and starting in 2010 returned to the classroom to complete Masters level course work in counseling at the University of North Georgia and Ridgemont Graduate University.
  • University of Georgia, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (1970 - 1974)
  • University of Georgia, J.D. (1977)
  • Honored as a Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Charter Member of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Georgia Chapter

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1977)

Legal Employment & Experience

  • Kendrick Conflict Resolution, LLC (to Present) (President)
  • Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice; head of the Atlanta Business Litigation Group (Partner, 1996 - 2010)
  • Johnson & Montgomery (Partner, 1988 - 1996)
  • Fishman, Freeman & Kendrick (1982 - 1988)
  • General Practice in Marietta, commercial transactions and litigation.
  • Mediated cases in DC, WV, FL, SC, NV, CA, MN and AL in addition to GA.
  • Litigated and arbitrated business matters in State and Federal trial courts including GA, TX, AL, FL, SC, TN, NY, MA, IN and KY.
  • Appeared and argued before 5th, 11th and 2nd Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia (Chairperson ADR Section, 1998)
  • Co-founder of ADR Section of the State Bar (Chairperson, 1997)

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Harvard Law School Program of Instruction in Mediation
  • Pepperdine University Civil Litigation (Strauss Dispute Resolution Institute)
  • Henning Mediation & Arbitration (Domestic Relations)
  • Received training in the arbitration of international commercial disputes under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Worked with Ed Henning and others to organize the first annual Georgia ADR Institute, served as a panelist on the first two institutes and as Co-chair of the Institute. (1996)

Recent Successful Mediations

  • Two national class action cases (neither pending in Georgia) involving a total of over twenty law firms
  • License dispute between a large Japanese technology manufacturer and its primary US customer
  • Litigation consolidating claims of 30 east coast automobile dealers against a foreign manfactuer
  • Numerous post dissolution corporate disputes between former business owners
  • Post judgment mediation of largest GA lender liability verdict
  • 50+ mediations of FDIC/D&O fidiuciary claims
  • Contact dispute between two aircraft manufacturers regarding the production of a highly specialized project for a foreign government
  • Dispute regarding failed software implementation between a major enterprise software vendor and a multi-national corporation

Areas of Expertise

  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Fiduciary liability - D&O
  • High asset domestic relations
  • Partnership, accounting and dissolution
  • Professional Negligence in business matters
  • Securities
  • Federal False Claims Act (whistle blower)
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • State and Federal business RICO claims
  • Commercial Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Claim between financial institutions
  • Complex Domestic Relations
  • Technology

I wanted to thank you again for your hard work in getting this case settled yesterday. You went above and beyond; that was clear to me. I really don’t think another mediator could have settled this case. I was not optimistic about our chances. So, thank you so much.

Linda Carpenter

The Brosnahan Law Firm


Ken Kendrick is a superb mediator. He got this matter settled against a very challenging backdrop. We could not be happier with his performance.

Eric Taylor

Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs


I don’t believe this case would have settled without your efforts. You are to be commended for what you do and how well you do it.

Patrick McCrary, Esq.

Pride Medical, Inc.


Mr. Kendrick provided exceptional services. He deftly navigated among a very determined (and stubborn) FDIC, counsel for five individual defendants, and the very determined representatives of the defendants' D&O carrier. Mr. Kendrick went above and beyond the call of duty and accomplished results where most mediators would have failed (including a JAMS mediator who conducted a mediation two years before). Mr. Kendrick is an outstanding mediator and I would recommend him without hesitation.

Floyd Boone

Bowles Rice LLP


So far, Ken is batting 1.000 with my cases! Every one has settled at, or shortly after, mediation through his excellent work. Ken is always my first choice mediator for all my cases. He is fair and balanced, approaching each side in a manner which causes them to sincerely consider their case. I've had clients who really needed a reality check, and the same was true for the insurers on the other side. Ken got it done, and thereby served the process extremely well in my view.

James Leonard

Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Ken Kendrick is an outstanding mediator. He has the perfect combination of litigation experience and mediator's temperament. I would recommend him for cases of any size or complexity.

Adam S. Katz

Katz Litigation Group LLC


Ken did a great job helping the parties reach a reasonable resolution. First time that I used Ken. I would definitely use him again.

Brendan J. McCarthy

Andre Blaustein Kill & McCarthy, LLP


I want to express by appreciation for the skill and diplomacy with which you mediated the litigation between Dr. Kaswan and the University of Georgia Research Foundation. Based on my prior attempts to negotiate a settlement of the litigation, I was skeptical as to whether the mediation would be successful. It was a pleasure having you as our mediator. I would welcome the opportunity to recommend you to other lawyers in the future.

Emmet Bondurant

Bondurant Mixon & Elmore, LLC


Ken Kendrick is an outstanding business mediator who has the ability to simplify complex legal problems and present the case to the opposing parties in such a way that settlement is made possible. He is a complement to our profession.

Ed Tolley

Cook Noell Tolley & Bates, LLP


Ken did a wonderful job helping us work through a complicated intellectual property case. Ken's dedication and creativity over two days was essential to getting the case resolved.

Eric Frisch

Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLC


I thought you did a tremendous job in very difficult circumstances. Your patience was truly the key to the resolution. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you again and will recommend you highly to anyone who will listen.

Rob Huestis

Robert S. Huestis, P.C.


Ken did a masterful job.

Tommy Greer

Greer Tisinger Law


Ken Kendrick was excellent. He was insightful, practical and was not hesitant to jettison unproductive participants from the mediation. I would highly recommend him and request him again.

Monica K. Gilroy

Dickenson Gilroy LLC


Ken Kendrick was terrific. He was well informed, and very engaged in our case. His insight was very helpful throughout the process.

Charles Van Horn

Berman Fink Van Horn PC


Ken Kendrick did a great job. I did not think the case had much hope of settling at mediation. Ken's good work got the Defendant to realistically assess its exposure, and make a fair offer.

Eric L. Jensen

Graham & Penman, LLP


Ken Kendrick handled the mediation in a very efficent and professional manner. Even though we did not settle at mediation, there was no question that it was not the fault of the neutral as Ken went overboard to try to make it happen.

Dana Braun

Callaway, Braun, Riddle & Hughes, P.C


I had low expectations of reaching settlement. Ken overcame serious obstacles and brought the parties together.

J. Bertram Levy

Fine and Block


Ken did an excellent job with a complex case and challenging parties on the other side of the case.

Rod G. Meadows

Meadows & Macie


This was a complicated multi-party matter that Ken Kendrick helped the parties resolve without the expensive, contentious and potentially embarrassing lawsuits that would have ensued. Ongoing business relationships were preserved as well.

Ken Gorenberg

Barnes & Thornburg LLP