Associate, Blackwell Burke
In just over a year at Blackwell Burke, Brendan Kenny has established himself as a rising star in the areas of toxic torts, product liability and other complex litigation. But even as his reputation as an attorney continues to grow, he’s making his biggest splash by being an active voice for e-discovery efforts locally and nationally.
Kenny is the founder of the Twin Cities E-Discovery Forum and is a member of the 7th Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program’s National Outreach Committee, a level of involvement that shows his commitment to the importance of electronic discovery for legal professionals now and in the future.
“I’m finding lots of varied interest in e-discovery among Twin Cities professionals,” Kenny said in describing the E-Discovery Forum’s makeup, which has totaled up to 70 members. “We have plaintiff’s lawyers, in-house IT folks — a whole coalition.”
A native of California, Kenny, 34, grew up around the law: his father is a lawyer, still in private practice there. “He didn’t encourage me to be a lawyer, but I wanted to be,” Kenny said.
He moved to the Twin Cities in April 2012, having done some medical malpractice work in a smaller firm — an experience that put him on Blackwell Burke’s radar.
“It wasn’t so much having a lot of experience in toxic torts and product liability and class action,” he said. “It was having experience in trial work and civil litigation that attracted me and the firm to each other.”
His interest in e-discovery grew out of working on a case in the civil division of the California attorney general’s office that was compromised by improperly preserved emails.
“It offended me that a technical glitch could sink a case,” Kenny said. “I want to bring a trial lawyer’s perspective to e-discovery.”