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Like those of many lawyers, the walls in Ken Stern’s office are decorated with diplomas from college and law school, displayed alongside certificates of admission from many courts and state bar associations. In Ken’s office, however, equal space is dedicated to countless photographs and thank you notes from the parents of special children whose lives have been touched by this dedicated, caring professional.
Ken Stern has represented families of special needs children for more than 28 years. With an ongoing commitment to making a difference in the lives of the families he represents, and inspired to fight for those who need assistance, Ken has successfully represented thousands of children and their families. Over the span of nearly three decades, he has fought against local school boards, the United States government, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies that failed to provide his clients with needed care and deserved benefits. His advocacy on behalf of special needs children has taken Ken to numerous state legislative hearings and to the United States Congress. He has made numerous presentations before advocacy groups, hospitals, insurance companies, lawyer organizations and has provided legislative hearing testimony in support of the rights of all special needs children.
Despite an extraordinary career as a practicing attorney, Ken was disturbed to see more children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and other neurological conditions over the years. In spite of advances in medicine, he found significant differences existed in the quality of care provided, and also noticed these shortcomings more often affected those lacking the best insurance or unable to afford the best physicians. Further, changes in the health care system along with increasing popularity of managed care had resulted not only in an increase of complicated pregnancies, but also an increase in the number of deliveries handled by less experienced physicians, interns, residents or even midwives. Ken also noticed children were sometimes harmed by the increase in deficient care, which more often than not left families to confront increased financial stress. Compounding the problem, many parents were misinformed – or had actually been deceived – about the true cause of the child’s condition. Their hopes and dreams for a healthy child had been replaced with uncertainty, and even guilt. The medical system had failed them, and Ken vowed to make a continuing difference through the legal process.
Ken is responsible for winning numerous verdicts, and for securing many multi-million dollar settlements for parents whose children may have been wronged in some way by the medical profession. Many of Ken’s victories for his clients are noted in widely distributed legal journals and the national press. Please note, though, that past case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in future cases, and the outcome is always dependent upon the facts of each case.
As a leading authority on medical malpractice, Ken has lectured and written on legal topics at top universities, law schools, and legal association seminars. He has also testified at numerous state and legislative hearings. Ken has served as the co-chair for the medical malpractice committee for a state trials lawyers association. Most of all, though, he is a vocal advocate for the rights of children with cerebral palsy.
With his unfailing commitment to protecting the rights of families and the children he represents, people across America are benefiting financially and emotionally from his services.
Though he lives in the suburban Detroit, Michigan area with his family, Ken willingly helps families, when permitted, throughout the United States.
Throughout his career, Ken has achieved a proud history of multiple trial verdicts and multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of many injured children and their families. A tireless advocate for his clients, he sought justice and secured their future.
However, not every case of cerebral palsy can be explained by an avoidable medical mistake, leaving many special needs children without recourse through the legal system. “What about the rest of these children,” Ken asked. “Every family of a child with cerebral palsy deserves the same quality of care, treatment and access to needed information and resources.”
To achieve this goal, centralized access to information, resources, experts and inspiration for all would be required. For example, a parent grasping for information after first learning of his or her child’s diagnosis could research and explore information all at a single website portal. There, families could share experiences and offer support. Experts would report new developments in treatment and therapy. Vendors could display products and services. Information, resources, expert referrals and inspiration should be made available to all, Ken felt, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Ken’s dream became a reality when he founded MyChild™ in 1997 and launched the original MyChild™ flagship website. Since then, numerous families have benefited in important, life-altering ways, from receiving adaptive equipment, medical treatment and revolutionary therapy, to needed guidance, support and financial security for their child. Today, MyChild™‘s dedicated researchers constantly scan the world for medical breakthroughs, news or developments affecting every child with cerebral palsy, and new information is quickly posted on the MyChild™ website, www.cerebralpalsy.org. And, because of the popularity and important, groundbreaking work already achieved, the original MyChild™ website has been replaced with this website.
MyChild™ also encourages anyone seeking information to call the toll-free phone number, 1-800-MyChild (1-800-692-4453). There, the MyChild™ call center is staffed by knowledgeable and compassionate call center specialists, available to assist parents with needed information, or more information about the resources available at our websites. Convenient access is now readily available to all those searching for answers, looking for information, and in need of help, hope and inspiration.
Suggestions to improve this site are always welcome. Ken and his dedicated team of MyChild™ Call Center Specialists are available at 1-800-MyChild (1-800-692-4453), and look forward to hearing from you.
Finally, Ken and his team have established the MyChild CP Foundation to advance cerebral palsy research and to financially assist qualified families with needed treatment or therapy. To learn more about the MyChild CP Foundation, how you can contribute, or to determine your child’s eligibility for assistance, contact MyChild™ Call Center Specialists or Ken Stern.
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I wholeheartedly endorse Kenneth Stern. Ken is extremely intelligent, tenacious and fair as a lawyer and person. Once he sets his sights on a task, usually helping others, he is extremely formidable. I have had the honor of working with Ken in the past for several years and can say without hesitation that his legal acumen, judgment, integrity and work ethic are unimpeachable and second to none. Ken has had a very successful career representing people facing the worst crises imaginable and has done so with grace under pressure and with great results for his clients.
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Ken Stern is a brilliant strategic and tactical lawyer. He cares, in earnest, about the victims he represents and pursues their interests with unflappable dedication. He is extremely well-connected and respected within the medical malpractice community, which is a huge advantage that clients don't often appreciate. In 7 years of practice together, I never once saw him pursue a non-meritorious case and I never once saw him settle a case for a penny less than maximum value. That's the real test of a lawyer's ethics.By way of fair disclosure, I am Ken's brother; but I also worked with him for 7 years and would repeat the above under oath. I am not a current practitioner in Michigan. I retired from law practice nearly twenty years ago and am no longer licensed in Michigan.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1979||01/08/2016|
|Partner/Member||Law Office of Kenneth A. Stern, PLLC, a/k/a Stern Law Group, PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Partner/Member||Childrens Legal Services, PLLC||2004 - Present|
|Managing Parner||Stern and Associates||1982 - 2004|
|Associate Attorney||Meklir, Schreier, Nolish and Friedman, P.C.||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Wisconsin||member||2000 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||member||1997 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group||member||1995 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||member||1995 - Present|
|Michigan Association for Justice||Sustaining Member||1981 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||member||1980 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section||member||1980 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||member||1980 - Present|
|Cerebral Palsy Resource Guide||Kit No. 131 – The Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis Guide||2013|
|Cerebral Palsy Resource Guide||Kit No. 121 – Signs of Developmental Delay||2012|
|MTLA Quarterly||Medical Liability Insurers Again Seek Special Privileges From Legislature: An Analysis||1991|
|The Detroit News||Patients Lose in Malpractice Reforms||1991|
|Michigan State University College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|