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Francis A. Kenny

Francis A. Kenny

Associate Newark, NJ973.877.3817 fkenny@litedepalma.comLegal Assistant: Carla DaSilva973.877.3831 cdasilva@litedepalma.com

Francis A. Kenny is a member of Lite DePalma Greenberg’s Newark-based litigation team, where he focuses on public entity representation, employment litigation, class actions and complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Lite DePalma Greenberg, Francis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carmen Messano in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

FOR THE PROFESSION

While in law school, Francis served as a legal fellow for the Jersey City Department of Law, as a law clerk for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was highly involved as a student advocate in the Seton Hall Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Clinic, where he represented clients in a federal class action lawsuit against the State of New Jersey.

Also in law school, Francis studied International Business Transactions and International Intellectual Property at the College of Law in London, England, while participating in New York Law School’s International Law Study Abroad Program.

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November 8, 2018
No Pain? No Gain. New Jersey Workers Are Entitled to Paid Sick Leave.
Americans overwhelmingly sympathize with workers who need to be able to take time off of work without penalty. States across the nation, including New Jersey, have started to implement comprehensive legislation aiming at providing paid sick leave to employees.

May 10, 2018
Thinking of filing an NJLAD claim against a bi-state agency? Think again.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet addressed the question of whether a bi-state agency is subject to suit under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. However, despite some befuddlement by hopeful litigants, the lower federal courts and the New Jersey state courts have consistently held that the answer is a resounding "no".

January 18, 2018
Gov. Murphy to Continue Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
Over the last two decades, New Jersey has become a trailblazer in criminal justice reform. New Jersey's prison population has been reduced by a staggering 26 percent since 2000, and crime has fallen by 30 percent. Not only has the state reduced its prison population, its recidivism rate is also lower than the national average – 31 percent in the state, compared with 40 percent nationally. For some time, criminal justice reform has been considered a noble bi-partisan cause in New Jersey political circles, and many governors and legislators, both Democrat and Republican alike, can take credit for the change.

September 21, 2017
The Unfortunate Truth in Establishing a Hostile Work Environment Claim
Have you "heard through the grapevine" that a co-worker has been making racist remarks about you? If your answer to this question is a resounding "yes," then you likely believe you have a valid racial discrimination lawsuit against your co-worker and employer. Not so fast.

February 16, 2017
Offer of Judgment: "An offer you CAN refuse"
Virtually everybody agrees that litigation costs have skyrocketed over the years. Often the fees at issue dwarf the underlying damages alleged in the case. As a result of this trend, New Jersey's Offer of Judgment Rule was developed with the primary goal of encouraging, promoting and stimulating the early settlement of disputes by imposing drastic consequences on parties that fail to accept reasonable offers to settle. R. 4:58.

November 3, 2016
A Millennial's Voting Nightmare: No Selfies in the Voting Booth
With only a few days left in the 2016 presidential race, the bitter war between candidates is coming to an abrupt end. Behind the scenes, however, there is another battle brewing in federal courtrooms and state legislative chambers across the United States regarding the constitutionality of state laws banning the taking of selfies in voting booths. In the last decade, social media has become an integral part of our lives, and the so called "ballot selfie" question has become an increasingly popular topic in the law.