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Kenneth was born and raised on the Westbank of New Orleans in Marrero, LA where he graduated from John Ehret High School in 2001. Kenneth attended Southern University and A&M College of Baton Rouge, LA where in only in three years, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, ranking number one in his class in the College of Business.
Kenneth was then accepted into Southern University Law Center in the fall of 2005 and upon graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Alonzo Harris at the 27th Judicial District Court of St. Landry Parish in Opelousas, LA. As a sounding board to Judge Harris in civil and criminal law matters, Kenneth gained insightful knowledge and instant exposure to the inner workings of the judicial system.
Kenneth’s upbringing and personal experiences fueled his passion to represent the poor, disenfranchised, afflicted and abused. In 2008, at the tender age of 25, Kenneth established the Willis Law Firm, LLC and currently serves as the firm’s owner and managing attorney. Kenneth also served as a Felony Indigent Defender for the St. Landry Parish Judicial District Court in Opelousas, Louisiana. Kenneth cut his teeth as an Indigent Defender and built a reputation as a tenacious trial attorney while swiftly moving up the ranks and exclusively handling serious felony offenses.
Kenneth is licensed in Louisiana and New York State and maintains offices in Baton Rouge and New York City with a primary focus in Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. As a litigator, Kenneth has been featured in Rolling Stone, Essence Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Law & Crime Network, KATC ABC News, The Advocate, and The Times Picayune. Kenneth is also highly touted as a keynote speaker in areas regarding Criminal Justice Reform, Civil Rights, and Trial Advocacy.