Linda Kenney Baden, ESQ
Linda Kenney Baden is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University, she then went on to graduate from Rutgers School of Law. Following graduation from law school, she served a judicial clerkship with the Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division, Judge John F. Lynch and then entered private practice with the law firm of Meyner and Landis. Ms. Kenney Baden was later Assistant Prosecutor for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office where she served as a trial team leader and the lead attorney assigned to the Sex Crimes Investigative Unit, advisor to the Evidence Unit what would now be called CSU. During her tenure with the Prosecutor’s Office, she prepared and tried numerous criminal cases including those involving murder and the death penalty. She now concentrates on criminal defense matters especially those that involve forensic issues and litigation, including 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights cases, plaintiff employment discrimination, and gender harassment. But her practice also envelopes cutting edge social issues. She litigated the first case in New Jersey concerning LGBTQ rights of a decorated police officer harassed because of gender reassignment, and has numerous reported opinions involving civil rights, discrimination, sexual harassment and whistleblowers before the federal courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court. She has been involved in a number of high-profile cases including the hung jury of Phillip Spector and was portrayed by Screen Actors Guild winner Helen Mirren in an HBO movie written by David Mamet. She has appeared as a legal guest commentator in numerous other media/television outlets. She is currently an anchor Host for the Law and Crime Network, LawandCrime.com. Some of her high-profile clients have included Jayson Williams, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, John Paul House, Aaron Hernandez, Casey Anthony, socialite Gigi Jordan, and actress Linda Evans. She is most proud of her pro bono work in cases like John Paul House in Tennessee who had spent 22 years on death row before she obtained a dismissal prior to his retrial after a SCOTUS reversal.
Ms. Kenney has an “AV” rating through Martindale-Hubbell in New Jersey, has numerous opinions in the New Jersey Supreme Court and federal courts, and has made new law with regard to civil rights and employment cases. In an opinion issued by the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Kenney Baden’s work was characterized as “exceptional, fine and outstanding.”* Additionally, a New Jersey Court in in a high-profile civil case, praised Ms. Kenney Baden and her co-counsel as “extremely capable” for their “persistent, extraordinary efforts and the results which they obtained”.* The late Johnnie Cochran, in his book “A Lawyer’s Life,” wrote that Ms. Kenney Baden was a “brilliant New Jersey attorney.” *These are excerpts of judicial opinions from specific legal disputes. They are not an endorsement of my abilities.
Ms. Kenney Baden has been very active with professional, service activities and political activities. As a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa political science graduate with her thesis on the Middle East, she has an interest in current events and politics. She has co-run local political campaigns in New Jersey, run for delegate for national presidential candidates, and has been elected a delegate and whip in a national political convention. She was appointed to New Jersey Governor-elect Jim McGreevy’s transition team. She served on the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and then the Brookdale Community College Foundation as its Chairperson. She was appointed Chairperson by the late Honorable Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz of a District Fee Arbitration Committee and has also been appointed a mediator for the Federal District Court of New Jersey. She has served as a Master for the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court sponsored by Rutgers University. She is now a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and former program chair for the Jurisprudence section. Ms. Kenney Baden is a Faculty Participant for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and has lectured in China to the Public Security University (Beijing), Croatia, Singapore, and Kuwait. She is Co-Founder of the sports law website www.SportsCourtMedia.com and has been a blogger for the Huffington Post. She is also the author of two thriller novels with her husband Dr. Michael Baden – “Remains Silent” and “Skeleton Justice.”
She is active in wrongful conviction work. In 2014, Ms. Kenney Baden was appointed to her first of two terms as Co-Chair of the Wrongful Convictions Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of New York State Bar Association. She remains a member of that committee. She also has assisted the Innocence Project with non-DNA forensic issues in a number of cases. She was admitted pro hac vice in Tennessee to represent Paul Gregory House on a pro bono basis regarding forensic issues after his conviction was reversed by the United States Supreme Court. The charges against Mr. House were dropped after he spent twenty-two years on death row.
Cases in the News:
Aaron Hernandez double murder trial Not Guilty verdict as forensic trial counsel
Not Guilty murder verdict as forensic trial consultant in New York v Gilberto Nunez
Not Guilty verdict as to murder as forensic trial consultant in New York v Gigi Jordan
Casey Anthony as the forensic advisor/attorney for the defense – Not Guilty murder
California v Phillip Spector lead counsel in his first trial, which resulted in a hung jury
Tennessee co-counsel for wrongfully convicted Paul Gregory House, 22 years on death row, obtained dismissal of charges before retrial after reversal by SCOTUS
Kevin Broadus, an African-American NCAA Division I Head Men’s Basketball Coach, in allegations of discrimination against the State University of New York (SUNY)
Former basketball player Jayson Williams’ criminal and civil cases arising out of a murder charge and Not Guilty verdict
The Turnpike 4 racial profiling case against New Jersey State Police, which settled for nearly $13 million and was the case that resulted in police cameras being place in squad cars nationally
Michael Skakel pre-trial hearings in Connecticut, which resulted in an upper court ruling finding that certain statements of witnesses were protected under the privileged communication doctrine. She continues to advise about forensic issues which was featured in the Robert Kennedy, Jr. book “Framed” about his cousin’s wrongful conviction
Legal action by the first female captain of a wide-body jet for Continental Airlines for pornography in the cockpit, which resulted in changes in airline procedures and monetary compensation for her client
The exhumations of the last victim of the alleged Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo
National and international forensic investigative committees, which included serving as the forensic legal specialist for the Mashantucket Pequot Indians to investigate the hanging of aboriginal inmates in Australia
Participation in the team of forensic scientists attempting to locate the body of Pocahontas
Representing the Spring Lake First Aid Squad in a headline will dispute case involving a widow, $7 million
Ms. Kenney Baden is currently admitted in the following Courts: the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District, United States District Court for the Western District of New York, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York Bar, District of Columbia Bar, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and New Jersey Bar.
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