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Kenneth M. Wentz

Shareholder
Omaha

P   402-391-1991
F   402-391-7363
WentzK@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Kenneth M. Wentz III is a Shareholder and Litigation Manager in the Omaha, Nebraska, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He concentrates exclusively on the representation of management in litigation and the resolution of employment disputes.

Mr. Wentz serves as an advocate for employers in federal and state courts throughout the Midwest and California, prevailing on numerous motions to dismiss and obtaining summary judgments to gain victory and avoid the expense of trial where possible. Mr. Wentz also represents employers in alternative dispute resolution and on appeal. In addition, Mr. Wentz aggressively defends companies against class action lawsuits, which has led to favorable settlements in California and Iowa, and the defeat of class certification in a complex ERISA action. Mr. Wentz defends OSHA claims and charges of discrimination before state and federal administrative agencies.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Wentz counsels and advocates for employers on a range of employment issues, such as drafting and enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, compliance with state and federal employment laws, OFCCP compliance, and responding to civil subpoenas and investigative demands.

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • California Young Lawyer's Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • San Joaquin County Barrister's Association

Published Works

  • "Facts, Laws, & Videotape," Across the Bar XXI.5 (2004) [Co-Author]

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November 5, 2014

Voters Pass Minimum Wage Initiatives in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota

November 5, 2014

Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota voters have passed minimum wage ballot measures. In all of these states, except for Illinois, the state minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2015. Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $8.75 effective January 1, 2015, and to $9.75 effective January 1, 2016. After that, the... Read More

January 24, 2013

Nebraska Legislature Considers Sexual Orientation Protection and Social Media Access Bills

January 24, 2013

Two recent bills introduced in the current session of Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature would affect employers in Nebraska by imposing additional obligations on them to employees and applicants. The first, LB 58, the Workplace Privacy Act, would bar employers from requiring employees and job applicants to provide access to their... Read More

Blog Posts by Kenneth M. Wentz

Nebraska Court Addresses Meaning of “Solicitation” in Non-Compete Agreement
April 12, 2013

A Federal Court in Nebraska issued a preliminary injunction enforcing an employee non-compete agreement in a case that explains, for the first time, what a Nebraska court may consider “solicitation.”  The case, Farm Credit Services of America v. Opp, No. 8:12-cv-382 (D. Neb. Read More