Ken Sutak, formerly of Schlesinger & Sussman in New York City, is a litigator who joined our firm as counsel in 2005 when our two law firms jointly represented the defendant company and its chief executive in two related employment discrimination lawsuits which culminated in the dismissal of all seventeen combined causes of action against them over a five-year period. Since these twin victories were achieved, Ken has concentrated on representing litigants in several other high-profile employment related lawsuits in New York, as well as continuing to represent general litigation clients in the fields of magazine and book publishing, theater and motion pictures, art law, and general entertainment media.
At the trial court level, Ken has won a string of out-of-state courtroom victories in several obscenity prosecutions against various men’s magazine publishers, obtained numerous dismissals or voluntary discontinuances of defamation lawsuits asserted against magazine and newspaper publications in New York, and secured many favorable pre-trial settlements in plaintiffs’ employment discrimination lawsuits. At the appellate court level, he has briefed and argued appeals for appellants or respondents in the First and Second Departments, as well as in the Second Circuit, in approximately twenty cases.
In his role as a transactional attorney and litigator in the arts and entertainment field, Ken has represented the literary and theatrical properties of Bella Spewack (Kiss Me, Kate), Davis Grubb (TheNight of the Hunter), Sharon Green (Terrilian), and the recurrently best-selling Monks of New Skete (based outside Albany), as well as regularly representing estates and litigants in the Surrogate’s courts.
In his own right, Ken has authored or contributed to two law books (in the copyright and criminal law areas), plus two environmental reports for the City of New York, and he is the author of three non-fiction books on non-legal subjects. Within the art world he has also been a frequent traveling lecturer for the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York City, and is the organizer and principal donor of the Cinema Judaica Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of both the NYU School of Law and the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration in 1974, Ken has been admitted to practice in the State of New York since 1975 and is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association in the borough where he resides.