Kenneth S. Merber

Partner

P:201-312-6295 ext. 106
F:201-343-1233
E:kmerber@gvlaw.com

Meet Kenneth

Kenneth S. Merber is an accomplished and battle tested trial attorney with significant first chair experience and numerous reported jury verdicts.  He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, arbitration proceedings and appeals in federal and state courts.

Mr. Merber represents individuals, corporations, limited liability companies and other businesses, insurance companies, managing general agents and third-party administrators in complex business disputes.  He litigates insurance defense and insurance coverage matters and defends professional liability and errors and omissions claims asserted against attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers and design professionals, real estate agents and brokers, insurance agents and brokers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers.

Mr. Merber routinely and adeptly analyzes and successfully litigates complex breach of contract, RICO, ERISA, corporate law and governance and fraud claims.  He defends and prosecutes EPL, D&O, labor law, contract, construction and construction defect, general liability, negligent security, product liability, commercial transportation and surety law suits.  He was one of the team leaders who served as national defense counsel in the defense of thousands of professional liability lawsuits filed in 26 states.  His aggressive and tenacious style coupled with his extensive preparation have contributed to his excellent reputation and outstanding results at pre-trial proceedings, mediations, arbitrations, trials, both jury and non-jury, and appeals.  Mr. Merber was elected by his peers as a Super Lawyer, an honor only bestowed upon the top 5% of trial attorneys. He is rated as a Distinguished Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Merber is the co-chair of the THEMIS Advocates Professional Liability Practice Group.

Mr. Merber has spoken publicly and given Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lectures for the New York State Bar Association and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) on subjects including employment practices and litigation, product liability claims, construction law and construction defect claims, insurance coverage and the complexities of Article 50-b of New York’s Civil Practice Laws and Rules (CPLR) as it relates to the reduction of substantial verdicts to present value and post-trial proceedings related to jury verdicts.  Mr. Merber’s has authored articles published by Law 360 and The New York Law Journal. He has been invited to participate in numerous mock trials and in 2016 was a finalist in Magna Legal’s CHOPPED for CHOP event after competing against some of the best trial attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Merber has won jury trials in many complex lawsuits including, but not limited to, professional liability, labor law, premises liability, motor vehicle accident and general liability cases.  He has also successfully prosecuted and defended insurance coverage lawsuits and declaratory judgment actions obtaining substantial recoveries of litigation costs and expenses including attorneys’ fees incurred by his clients from other insurers.

Mr. Merber received his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University, National Law Center in 1989. This was preceded by a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986.  While in law school, he served as a member of the Moot Court Board Honor Society and was elected President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Mr. Merber served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink at the United States Claims Court in Washington, D.C. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Merber has been a partner at prominent law firms in New York City and New Jersey.

Mr. Merber is admitted to practice before the courts of the states of New York, New Jersey and Florida, the District of Columbia, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Merber is admitted to and has argued appeals in the Second and Third Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals and the First and Second Departments of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

When not working, Ken is an avid competitive softball player.  He enjoys golf, skydiving, traveling and spending time with his wife, Sherry, and their two sons.  He and his wife donate their time to charitable events including fundraising for breast cancer, rare pediatric cancers and a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  Ken is an animal lover who has three rescue dogs.

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Honors
  • Member, GW Law School's Moot Court Board Honor Society
  • President, GW Law School's Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Prior Work Experience
  • Mr. Merber was previously associated with a major construction law firm in New York City, where he specialized in federal and state complex litigation and arbitrated construction claims and appeals.
  • Mr. Merber served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink at the U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Accident
  • Construction Defect
  • Environmental
  • Excess Insurance Monitoring / Substitution Counsel
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Restaurant and Innkeeper Liability
  • Trucking and Transportation
  • Directors & Officers Litigation

Admissions

Bar
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
Court
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, First and Second Departments

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1989
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1986