Kenneth N. Winkler

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
 | 3475 Piedmont Road Northeast, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-261-3988
Fax: 404-233-1943
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004, 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kenneth N. Winkler, a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, has practiced employment law since 1994. His practice concentrates on counseling employers and business owners on the numerous laws and regulations that govern the workplace.

    Ken performs legal audits of client operations to ensure compliance. He also drafts company policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and severance agreements. Ken conducts #MeToo compliance training and other types of training for management and employees to proactively reduce the risk of litigation.   

    Ken has represented employers in employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board, as well as handling discrimination and harassment claims brought under the spectrum of employment laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and other federal, state and local statutes and regulations.

    Ken’s practice also includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving restrictive covenants including non-compete, non-solicitation of customers, non-recruitment of employees, non-disclosure/confidential information and trade secrets provisions, as well as disputes involving tortious interference with business and contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty and/or duty of loyalty.

    Ken leads the firm’s hospitality team and serves as the General Counsel to the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. He is a member of the Industry Board of the Cecil B. Day’s School of Hospitality at Georgia State University.

    Ken was named Georgia “Super Lawyer” based on research and surveys by Law and Politics Media (2010 – present, 2004); Super Lawyer Business Edition – Employment & Labor (2013-2012); and Best Lawyers in America: Litigation – Labor & Employment (2014-present). Based on peer reviews, he received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for his legal ability and ethical standards. Ken has also been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as a “Legal Elite.”

    Ken is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and serves as a member of the Atlanta Students of the Year Leadership Committee of the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    Ken graduated from The Ohio State University and obtained his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Ken is married to Lauri Winkler and has two children.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 20%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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    Super Lawyers: 2004, 2010 - 2021

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    About Kenneth Winkler

    Admitted: 1994, Georgia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Georgia Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Media, 2004, 2014-2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America,, Best Lawyers, 2013-Present, 2013
    • Esther Leah Ritz Next Generation of JCC Leadership Award, Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, 2006
    • Georgia "Super Lawyer" Business Edition – Employment & Labor, 2012-2013
    • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
    • One of Georgia’s Legal Elite , Georgia Trend magazine, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Courts of Appeals: Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits
    • United States District Court: Central District of Illinois
    • American Bar Association
    • Ohio Bar Association
    • Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association
    • United States District Courts: Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
    • Ohio, 1993
    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Georgia State University: Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Industry Board
    • United States District Courts: Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
    • Georgia, 1994
    • Georgia Bar Association
    • Society For Human Resource Management

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, 2018
    • Chair Board of Directors- Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 2018
    • Judge, 2013 NBLSA International Negotiation Competition, National Black Law Students Association
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 2016
    • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Educational Background:

    • The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1990
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    Office Location for Kenneth N. Winkler

    3475 Piedmont Road Northeast
    Suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    Phone: 404-261-3988

    Fax: 404-233-1943

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    Last Updated: 9/9/2020

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