Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    JD, 1985
    Journal of Law and Politics, Member, Editorial Board, 1983-1984, and Senior Editorial Board, 1984-1985

  • University of Virginia
    BA, BS, summa cum laude, 1982
    Phi Beta Kappa; Echols Scholar
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
Kenneth Najder
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8386 tel
504.589.8386 fax

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Ken Najder is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He represents public and private companies regarding a variety of corporate and securities law matters.  

Ken concentrates his practice on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance.

Ken’s securities law practice includes counseling public companies regarding their disclosure obligations, private placements for venture-stage companies, and public debt offerings and tenders. Ken has acted as lead securities counsel to companies in offerings that have raised over $20 billion.

In recent years, Ken has represented a wide array of buyers and sellers of businesses—ranging from small, privately held ventures to large, publicly traded companies—in several industries, including the telecommunications, technology, chemicals, media, shipping, construction, food, oil and gas, energy, engineering, consulting, banking, financial services, and manufacturing sectors.

Ken advises clients on a broad range of corporate law and governance issues, and regularly acts as board counsel to public and private companies, including advising on executive compensation and corporate restructurings. He also has extensive experience designing anti-takeover defenses and with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Ken and Jones Walker were featured in The American Lawyer as architects of CenturyLink's anti-takeover measures, thwarting Alltel's 2001 hostile bid, and as co-counsel to CenturyLink in connection with its 2009 acquisition of Embarq and its 2011 acquisitions of Qwest and Savvis.


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation (listed annually since 2005)
  • Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year," New Orleans Corporate Law (2018)
  • Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year," New Orleans Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2016)
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (listed annually since 2010)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance (listed annually since 2013)
  • New Orleans Magazine, “Top Lawyer” (2013)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell





  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth – Louisiana Chapter (Director since 2008; Officer 2010 to date)
  • Lakeshore Crime Prevention District (Commissioner, 2005 to date)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Various other Community Associations (Director/Officer, 1997 to date)