Linda Kenney Baden, Esq.
Linda Kenney Baden, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers School of Law and Rutgers University. 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 in Newark. Ms. Kenney Baden was later appointed 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. During her tenure with the Prosecutor’s Office, she prepared and tried numerous criminal cases including those involving murder and the death penalty. Ms. Kenney Baden was awarded an “AV” rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating that one can attain. This rating signifies “that her legal abilities are of the very highest standard and that her professional ethics and conduct are above question.” Ms. Kenney Baden has been involved in numerous cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and federal courts, making new law with regard to civil rights and employment cases. In fact, 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, in June 2010, a New Jersey Court in granting a seven figure fee aware 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” in a ten year fight on behalf of the Spring Lake First Aid Squad. ** The late Johnnie Cochran, in his book “A Lawyer’s Life,” wrote that Ms. Kenney Baden was a “brilliant New Jersey attorney.”
Ms. Kenney Baden has been very active with professional and service activities. She has served on the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and the Brookdale Community College Foundation, has served on the District Fee Arbitration Committee and was appointed chairperson of that Committee by the Honorable Chief Justice Robert N. Wilentz 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 and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Ms. Kenney Baden was 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. Additionally, Ms. Kenney Baden has appeared as a legal guest commentator on numerous networks. 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 and since 2014, Ms. Kenney Baden has been Co-Chair of the Wrongful Conviction Committee of the New York State Bar Association. She also has assisted the Innocence Project with non-DNA forensic issues in a number of cases including the 2016 not guilty verdict for Anthony Wright in Pennsylvania.
When Ms. Kenney Baden re-entered private practice, she concentrated on litigation especially related to complex employment discrimination/sexual harassment, civil rights, and criminal defense matters and has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including:
- the representation of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as forensic counsel in a trial where he was charged with a double homicide. Mr. Hernandez was acquitted and she continues to be involved with legal issues regarding his CTE.
- the representation of Gilberto Nunez as legal forensic consultant to the trial team where Dr. Nunez was acquitted in the State of New York of a murder charge.
- the representation of Gigi Jordan as legal forensic consultant to the trial team where she was acquitted in the State of New York of a murder charge but was convicted for the crime of manslaughter in the death of her minor child.
- the representation of Casey Anthony on a pro bono basis as the forensic advisor/attorney for the defense team from December 2008 until October 2010, when she resigned only because of the absence of funds to cover the costs of travel and reimbursement for expenses associated with Ms. Anthony’s defense.
- the representation of Phillip Spector in his first trial, which resulted in a hung jury. Dame Helen Mirren portrayed Ms. Kenney Baden in an HBO movie written by David Mamet about “Phillip Spector” and went on to win the SAG Award (Screen Actors Guild) for Outstanding Performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries for her role as Ms. Kenney Baden.
- the representation of 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). The case settled in six months, without filing suit, for a record $1.2 million.
- the representation of former basketball player Jayson Williams in various aspects of criminal and civil cases arising out of a murder charge and other matters.
- the representation of 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.
- the racial profiling case against New Jersey State Police, which settled for nearly $13 million and resulted in author/ fellow attorney, Johnnie Cochran, describing her as “brilliant.”
- the pretrial hearings involving Michael Skakel, which resulted in an upper court ruling finding that certain statements of witnesses were protected under the privileged communication doctrine.
- 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 Boston Strangler and the alleged Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, which found that DNA from the victim did not match that of the Boston Strangler.
- membership on three 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, for Wayne Newton, the body of his ancestor Pocahontas in order to return her to the United States for the four-hundredth anniversary of her saving the life of Captain John Smith, which will occur in 2007.
- representing the Spring Lake First Aid Squad in a headline will dispute case involving a widow, $7 million, and a podiatrist.
Ms. Kenney Baden is currently admitted in the following Courts: 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 Supreme Court, 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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** These are excerpts of judicial opinions from specific legal disputes. They are not an endorsement of my abilities.