Kent Anker (YL 1994)
Partner, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
What do you like most about Switzerland?
I love the global nature of the Swiss business and diplomatic culture. Whenever you meet someone from Switzerland they have worked in three countries and speak four languages. The security and stability of the home country gives the Swiss the freedom to travel and innovate.
What do you like most about the U.S.?
It is the great experiment in diversity and democracy. Every generation can remake the U.S. by building on its ideals of equality, opportunity, generosity, and freedom. As a first-generation American with roots in Germany and Estonia married to a first-generation American with roots in China and with children adopted from China, we live that experiment every day.
What defines your leadership style?
I like to lead through example and as a teacher sharing experience and insight, while giving enough space for others to achieve and grow.
Who inspires you?
Our Little Sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters, who is now twenty five and a big sister to our girls. My daughters. And Jackie Robinson.
What is your greatest achievement?
Raising our daughters.
Do you have any weaknesses?
Where do you live?
What is your favorite place in the world?
A close race between New York City, Weston, Vermont, Paris, and Hong Kong.
What is the best book you ever read?
Hopefully the next one! In the last few months, I loved Bringing Out The Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, and Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson. But, my all time favorite is Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave by Patty Chang Anker, to be published by Riverhead Books in October 2013.
About Kent Anker
Kent is currently a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP in New York City, specializing in complex commercial litigation involving a wide variety of industries, representing clients in New York state courts, federal courts across the country, arbitration tribunals, and in government investigations. His matters have included insurance, contract and tort litigations arising from the destruction of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; multiple actions in federal and state trial, bankruptcy, and appellate courts involving allegations of statutory violations, breaches of fiduciary duty, and fraud arising out of the merger of a closely-held corporation; representations of individuals in a FCPA investigation and an international criminal antitrust investigation; defense of a national law firm against fraud allegations; civil antitrust actions; representation of private equity funds in a litigation arising from a multi-billion dollar leveraged buy-out; and representation of institutional investors against a Big Four accounting firm. Kent also practiced at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP (2000-2002) and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (1998-1999) in New York City. Kent is active in education reform efforts locally and nationally, serving on the board of Harlem Success Academy 1 (a high achieving charter school), Education Reform Now Advocacy, and as Chair of the Committee on Education and the Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has published an article on school finance in New York State, “Differences and Dialogue: School Finance in New York State”, 24 NYU Review of Law and Social Change 345 (1998). Kent and his wife Patty live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with their daughters Grace and Rose.