Kelvin (Kelly) Berens is the Office Managing Shareholder in the Omaha, Nebraska office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Berens focuses primarily on the most complex labor relations issues, such as alternative dispute resolutions, class actions, and workplace safety. His extensive work with clients on such issues as purchases, relocations, sales and shutdowns helps businesses avert problems and develop long-term labor-related strategies and goals. Additionally, Mr. Berens spends a significant portion of every year negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions across the country. These years of experience have given Mr. Berens two unique skill sets. The first is his ability to negotiate innovative collective bargaining agreements that provide his clients with years of stability and low costs. The second is his understanding of and ability to address the complex issues of pension plans, unfunded liability and the options available to employers that are parties to these plans. Mr. Berens' experience includes working with a wide array of employers, from Fortune 500 companies to single-location enterprises, and in locations ranging from small rural communities to the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Mr. Berens works with a wide array of employers, from Fortune 500 companies to single-location enterprises, and in locations ranging from small rural communities, to the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Mr. Berens has represented employers in a wide range of industries from health care and telecommunications to traditional blue collar industries such as trucking and meat packing.
Mr. Berens' record advising employers in union election cases speaks for itself, employers prevail in over 95 percent of the union organizing drives where he provided advice.
Mr. Berens also has one of the more extensive collective bargaining resumes in the nation. He has personally negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements. Some have been simple, most have been complex and multi-faceted. Clients who “want the impossible” call Kelly Berens.
Among his many awards and honors, Mr. Berens has received an AV top rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and is listed in the Top Band of the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is also a Member of the American, Nebraska, and Omaha Bar Associations and was the inaugural Chairman of the Labor Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Mr. Berens is admitted to courts in the state of Nebraska, as well as to the U.S. District Courts for the District of Nebraska, and the Northern District of California. He is also admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Berens received his J.D. in 1975 from the Duke University School of Law, and earned his B.A. with distinction in 1972 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•AV top rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
•Chambers USA Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1)