Kenneth Walton

Managing Partner

Kenneth B. Walton is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois and vice-chair of the Labor & Employment and Architects & Engineers Practices, and a member of the Professional Liability and General Liability/Excess Practices. Ken focuses his trial practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York on the defense of professional liability, employment, and general liability matters, including the defense of architects, engineers, surveyors, trucking companies, stockbrokers, lawyers, financial broker/dealers, healthcare providers and professionals, directors and officers, insurance agents and real estate brokers. Ken also handles complex commercial civil litigation matters for private clients. Ken is admitted to the bar and represents clients in Federal and State courts, in both jury and non-jury cases, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York. Ken has handled hundreds of trials, mediations, arbitrations and administrative hearings throughout the country including dozens of wrongful death cases. Ken is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and also serves as a panel member on medical malpractice tribunals and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Ken has been recognized for his expertise in civil litigation defense work in national and local Super Lawyers publications for ten (10) consecutive years. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank H. Freedman in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Professional Liability
  • Labor & Employment
  • General Liability
  • Directors & Officers and Securities Litigation
  • Architects & Engineers
  • Healthcare
  • COVID-19: Labor & Employment
  • COVID-19: Construction/Contractors/Architects & Engineers

Additional Experience




New Hampshire

New York

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit

United States Supreme Court


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Honors

  • As an indication of an exemplary reputation and well-established practice, Ken has received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell; the highest rating given by that publication
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2009-2019

Professional Presentations

  • Arbitration vs. Litigation: You be the Judge, 2019
  • How Ten Key Provisions in a Strong Design Professional Agreement Can Prevent or Terminate a Lawsuit After it is Filed, Numerous venues, including New York, Boston and Chicago, 2018
  • Design Professional Cybersecurity & Digital Design Practices, Insurance Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, 2017
  • Employment Practices Basics Seminar, Numerous venues, including New York and Boston, 2016
  • Electronic Discovery, An Overview of Federal and Massachusetts Rules, ACEC Conference, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Discovery in Arbitration Proceedings, American Bar Association 14th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Washington, D.C., 2012
  • Zealous and Cost Efficient Legal Defense in Insurance Defense Matters, Massachusetts Insurance Division Continuing Education Program, 2011
  • The Evolution of Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Claims in Construction Litigation, 50th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, 2011
  • Understanding Ethics for the Design Professional, Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Design Professionals, 2010


New England School of Law (now known as New England Law Boston)

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1992

  • President of the Student Bar Association
  • Recipient of the New England Scholar Award
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Award
  • Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award
  • Current Member of Alumni Board

St. Lawrence University

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1989

  • Captain, Varsity Basketball Team


  • Chapter 4: Architect-Engineer Contracting, co-authored with David Hatem and David Corkum, partners with Donovan Hatem LLP. Federal Government Construction Contracts, Editors: Adrian L. Bastianelli III, Andrew D. Ness, Joseph D. West, published by American Bar Association, 2010.
  • Electronic Discovery: Following the Paperless Trail, ACEC Annual Meeting, 2009 (also published in the Massachusetts Law Review)
  • The Relevancy Rules, American Jurisprudence, 1997
  • A Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, American Jurisprudence, 1995

Additional Experience

  • Served as Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG) for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • Served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Massachusetts Essex County District Attorney's Office