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Meet Ken Isaacson
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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 first 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
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
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.