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Ken Willner

Partner at Paul Hastings in Washington, DC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Meeting of April 17, 2007 - on Employment Testing and Screening

Kenneth Willner, the firm's Professional Personnel Partner, represents employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including wrongful discharge; discrimination; sexual harassment; disability discrimination; class actions and individual cases in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; affirmative action; compliance reviews; traditional labor law; labor relations; executive contract negotiations; wage and hour advice; non-competition covenants; drug and alcohol testing; unfair labor practice charges; employment law torts and protection of employer intellectual property.

His clients include airlines, government contractors, high-tech firms, industry associations, local government associations, retail chains, accounting firms, law firms, financial institutions, real estate companies, environmental companies, and individuals.

Mr. Willner is a member of the Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He has spoken on a variety of employment law topics. Mr. Willner is admitted to the Bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Eighth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Western District of Pennsylvania.

His publications include: Kenneth M. Willner, "Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace," 29 ALI-ABA Business Law Course Materials Journal 5 (2005); Kenneth M. Willner, et al., "The Fair Labor Standards Act: Top Ten Traps for Employers and Tips to Avoid Them," 48 The Practical Lawyer 17 (2002); K. Willner, P. Berry, K. Pletcher, "Multi-Plaintiff Litigation and Class Actions, A Defense Perspective," in Litigating the Sexual Harassment Case (Am. Bar Ass'n, BNA 2000); K. Willner, "The Physician as a Witness," in Disability Evaluation (Am. Med. Ass'n, Mosby 1996) (G. Anderson, S. Demeter, G. Smith, eds.); B. Brown, K. Willner, "Document Retention and Destruction in Employment Law," in Destruction of Evidence (Wiley 1992 Supp.) (J. Gorelick, S. Marzen and L. Solum, eds.); K. Willner, "Failures to Warn and the Sophisticated User Defense," 74 Va. L. Rev. 579 (1988); B. Brown, K. Willner, "Summary Judgment in EEO Cases: Theoretical and Practical Considerations" (D.C. Bar L. Rel. Section Mtg. Feb. 22, 1994); B. Brown, N. Abell, W. Besson, K. Willner, "Tactical and Ethical Considerations in Internal Corporate Investigations of Employment-Related Matters" (American Corporate Counsel Assn. Spring 1996, No. 004, p. 2-15).

Mr. Willner received his B.A. degree, With Distinction, in 1984 from the University of Virginia. He received his J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

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