Kenneth J. Cesta


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Kenneth J. Cesta
Kenneth J. Cesta

“Clients involved in litigation are facing increasingly complex challenges, both before and after formal judicial proceedings are initiated.  I pride myself in offering practical, cost effective solutions to these problems.  With a proven track record of success and over 25 years of experience in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, my goal in every case is to cut through the extraneous and litigate to a successful solution.”

Ken is an experienced litigator who has successfully handled a wide range of matters including contract disputes, business torts, shareholder and partnership litigation, insurance coverage, real estate litigation, directors and officers liability, commercial litigation and professional liability defense.  Ken also regularly represents employers and public entities in actions alleging all forms of employment discrimination and retaliation, violations of whistleblower statutes, hostile work environment and wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour law violations, and breach of restrictive covenant/misappropriation of trade secret cases.  His clients include public and private companies, closely-held businesses, non-profit institutions, municipal/governmental agencies, colleges, school boards, law firms and individuals.  A standout in his area of practice, Ken holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ken also has extensive experience in developing electronic document review protocols and document preservation programs for his clients, and has served on Electronic Discovery Committees at his prior and current firms.  In the legal ethics area, Ken has had the honor of being appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey on six separate occasions to serve as a Special Ethics Master in complex disciplinary actions brought by the N.J. Office of Attorney Ethics.  He served a four year term on the District VB Ethics Committee, where he was Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee in his final two years of service.

Prior to joining Bressler, Ken was a partner with a prominent New Jersey law firm where he served as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Group.  Previously, he was a litigation partner in the New Jersey office of an Am-Law 100 law firm, where he served on the firm’s national Professional Responsibility Committee.  From 2004 to 2012, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oratory Prep School, a private high school in Summit, NJ, where he also served on the Board’s Executive Committee and as Chair of the Legal Committee.

  • Successfully defended a regulatory agency of the U.S. Government in 11 consolidated federal securities fraud class actions arising out of the government takeover of one of the largest publicly traded banks in New Jersey
  • Worked as part of a national employment litigation team representing two major financial institutions in defending employment related claims in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and several other states
  • Successfully represented a New Jersey college in defending a complex wrongful termination and retaliation action brought by a former senior employee of the college
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 100 financial institution in a federal court action in Philadelphia dismissing all claims brought by a former employee alleging wrongful termination and discrimination
  • Successfully represented a public company in several shareholder derivative actions brought in state and federal court in New Jersey, obtaining dismissals of all cases in their early stages
  • Successful defense of a public company and its executive officers in securities fraud class actions in the Eastern District of New York, In re NBTY Inc. Securities Litigation, 2002
  • Represented a national not-for-profit agency in New Jersey, securing a dismissal with prejudice of race and age based discrimination claims brought by a former employee
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating