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Ken Isaacson has been a practicing attorney for more than thirty years. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went on to earn his law degree at Columbia Law School. He began his legal career at a major Wall Street firm, and continues to practice law today as in-house general counsel to an international transportation company.

Ken's Ken Isaacsonfirst novel, Silent Counsel, won exceptional praise. The idea for Silent Counsel came to Ken upon reading a true account of a hit-and-run incident along a highway in Florida some time ago. In that case, the driver hired an attorney and charged him with the task of negotiating a plea agreement while at the same time keeping his (the client’s) name secret under a claim of the attorney-client privilege. A court battle ensued, testing the bounds of the time-honored doctrine of attorney-client confidentiality: Could the simple name of a client be “privileged information”?

That case resolved itself before the novel legal question was answered by the courts—the driver ultimately came forward on his own. But the magazine article got Ken thinking. What if the court were to hold that a lawyer attempting to negotiate a plea agreement for a hit-and-run driver didn’t have to reveal his client’s identity? The prosecutor, no doubt, would refuse to bargain. But what if the mother of the small victim found out that the lawyer knew who had killed her child but maintained his silence, relying on the privilege?

How far would the mother go to find out who killed her child? And how dedicated to the principle of attorney-client confidentiality would the attorney be when the going got tough? It is these questions that gave rise to Silent Counsel.

Ken is an actively involved member of the Mystery Writers of America, and has served on the Board of Directors of MWA’s New York chapter since 2002. He received that organization’s Silver Noose Award upon completing his second term. Ken continues to serve on the chapter’s Mentor Committee, Membership Committee, and Communications Committee. He is also the moderator of the chapter’s online discussion forum. Ken is working on his second novel.

He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Sylvia, their dogs, Toby and Lily, and their cats, Nipper and Cleopatra. He has three terrific sons, Brandon, Devon, and Jared, three wonderful stepdaughters, Dail, Dawn, and Daryl, and three amazing grandchildren, Kyle, Daniel, and Danielle.