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Kenneth M. Wentz

Principal and Office Litigation Manager
Omaha

P 402-391-1991
F 402-391-7363
Kenneth.Wentz@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Kenneth M. Wentz, III, is a Principal and Litigation Manager in the Omaha, Nebraska, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Litigation Manager for the Rapid City, South Dakota, office. 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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Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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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August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

November 30, 2017
Omaha World-Herald

Kenneth Wentz Discusses Sexual Harassment and Title VII Protections in the Workplace

November 30, 2017

Kenneth Wentz discusses workplace sexual harassment as a form of employment discrimination in "Laws hold employers responsible for conduct in the workplace," published by Omaha World-Herald. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

May 26, 2017
The Daily Record

Kenneth M. Wentz Spotlighted in Omaha CLE Series

May 26, 2017

Kenneth M. Wentz is spotlighted in Omaha's "Just the Basics" CLE series in "Employment Law and a Breath of Fresh Air," published by The Daily Record. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions For Lowering the Risk of Employment Litigation
January 2, 2018

When Jackson Lewis litigation attorneys looked back at cases, trials, and verdicts from the past year, we observed how companies can make themselves less of a target for claims.  Below are some New Year’s resolutions that can help lower the risk of employment litigation: Train managers. Train employees. Keep a record of the training Read More

Nebraska Court Enforces Forum Selection Clause
May 30, 2017

Nebraska’s legal history on the enforceability of non-compete agreements is usually a surprise for employers who view Nebraska as pro-business.  Nebraska courts routinely invalidate employee non-compete agreements that venture beyond restricting the employee from doing business with and soliciting customers with whom that employee did Read More

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