Who was responsible for the many lives lost when the Titanic sank?
Was it the Titanic’s captain who ignored iceberg warnings? The captain of the nearby Californian who ignored the dozens of distress flares? Or the Californian’s radio operator who turned the radio off during SOS calls?
These were important questions to Kenneth Bryan during a middle school mock legal trial. As he eagerly prepared his case, Kenneth realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer.
“I really enjoyed the challenge of researching the facts, and then creating arguments to convince my classmates as to who was at fault,” Kenneth said.
He knew he had his work cut out for him. But work is nothing new to Kenneth.
“My father is a great role model. He instilled a solid work ethic that I carry with me at my core: take pride in whatever you do, work hard at it, and be the best you can be no matter what.”
Kenneth did indeed take these values to heart, double majoring in History and Geography at the University of South Carolina Honors College, where he excelled, graduating with honors while playing water polo and working several jobs on and off campus.
Subsequently, Kenneth enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, where he received his J.D.
Before joining the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm in 2013, Kenneth was selected to extern for Judge Linda Stephens at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
While his academic accomplishments and extraordinary work ethic are no small feat, Kenneth is most known for his dedication and compassion for our firm’s clients.
He’s also recognized among firm colleagues as the “go to” source for information. On any given day, you might see Kenneth navigating multiple computer monitors in his well-known diligence to uncover, analyze, and dissect that hidden gem of evidence (and it’s almost always there) that could potentially make the biggest impact on a client’s case and their lives.
“I love to solve problems, dig to the root of issues, and help other people. I believe that, as an attorney, I have an ability and responsibility to make a lasting impact. When I go home every night, I want to be able to say I worked hard to make a difference in someone’s life and that I did my very best to make sure they were treated fairly.”
But don’t think Kenneth is all work and no play. With two youngsters at home, he finally has an audience for all his punny, dad-like humor. When he’s not busy chasing after them, he enjoys hiking along NC’s scenic trails.
“Hiking gives me time to reflect and think in solitude. It’s where I sometimes come up with my best ideas and arguments,” Kenneth said.
Which brings us back to who Kenneth argued was at fault for so many lives lost during the Titanic tragedy? Kenneth teases, “I really can’t remember — that was over 20 years ago!”
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