Kenneth M. Willis, Esq. A public speaker with passion to educate, empower and inspire. “Statistically as a young African American male in court, the pinstripes on my three piece suit were slated to be stripes of a different kind, perhaps black and white and the type of suit with no buttons.”
These are the reflections of Kenneth M. Willis, a passionate criminal defense and civil rights attorney representing the poor and disenfranchised; whether it was in the small town of Opelousas, Louisiana or New York City, Kenneth had a purpose to fulfill for those who were not as fortunate as the young boy from the Deep South.
Kenneth was born and raised on the Westbank of New Orleans in Marrero, Louisiana where he graduated from John Ehret High School. Kenneth attended HBCU, Southern University and A&M College of Baton Rouge, LA, home of the renowned “Human Jukebox”, where in only three years he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and later earned a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.
Kenneth experienced paradoxical highs and lows in his pursuit to success, from graduating as the number one ranked student in the College of Business to cleaning bathrooms for gas stations the very next year. As quoted in one of his speeches… “Sometimes you have to downgrade yourself to upgrade yourself.”
Kenneth confronted adversity head-on his first year in law school when he and his family were devastated by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. He recalls, “There were about 14 of us under one roof, all of a sudden the rigorous demands of law school were an afterthought and you’re just praying that everyone will make it out of New Orleans alive.”
Kenneth’s upbringing and personal experiences fueled his passion to represent those who have been afflicted and abused and often times discarded by society. 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 is a member of the Louisiana and New York State Bar and maintains a multi-state law firm with offices in Louisiana and New York, known as “#Bourbon2Broadway.”
As a highly touted keynote speaker, Kenneth uses his unique and dynamic abilities as a litigator and public speaker to address diverse audiences regarding a wide array of inspirational, entrepreneurial, social and legal topics. He especially enjoys sharing his personal experiences to inspire youth and young adults to achieve astounding success despite periods of overwhelming despair.
As a young litigator on the rise, Kenneth has been featured in Rolling Stone, Essence Magazine, Los Angeles Times, ESPN, Law & Crime Network, a Dan Abrams Production, KATC ABC News, and The Advocate. Scroll to Read
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"The signs of an effective orator, is the ability to not only be heard but to be felt, while delivering a message that is concise and can be acted upon. Mr. Willis is the epitome of just such a definition, capped off with the charisma to motivate you to commit oneself to action--as was the case with me in him making me desire and work to have a better understanding of the legal system."
-Yusuf, Clinical Research Coordinator, Brooklyn, NY
“Mr. Willis is a phenomenal young man I met a few years back and he impressed me immensely. He spoke at a youth rally at our church and again at a mentoring program for Project Excel sponsored by 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge. Mr. Willis had the young people standing on their feet with his personal story of never quit even through adversity. Team Harmon recommends Mr. Willis for all of your legal and motivational speaker needs.”
-Andre, Senior Analyst Federal Government, Member 100 Black of Metro BR, Baton Rouge, LA
"Kenneth is a gem. With a breadth of knowledge on various topics and an engaging, conversational delivery, he leaves audiences with life-changing principles built to help them succeed. From the very moment Kenneth walks on the stage, his presence and personality ignites the room!"
-Cassondra, Author, New York, NY
“Kenneth possesses something that is truly rare and frankly, very hard to teach-he is unafraid of the moment. Let me explain…. I’ve watched Kenneth argue in front of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. I’ve watched Kenneth race across town to meet with PI’s and witnesses with crucial information on a case. I’ve watched Kenneth conduct voir dire (jury selection) and connect with jurors in a way most attorneys cannot. In all of these instances, there is one common thread. Kenneth relishes the moment. He literally runs towards the action. As a solo practitioner I have carried the lessons Kenneth has taught me into my own practice, he’s a fighter for the underdog, unafraid of the moment, and someone I’m proud to call a brother and mentor.”
-Zack, Attorney, New Orleans, LA
“I had the pleasure of hearing Kenneth speak at the State of Young Black New York Conference. His remarks provided very deep and well researched insights wrapped in such simplicity that everyone followed along.”
-Aaron, Venture Capitalist, New York, NY
“Mr. Willis was exciting and vigorous in his delivery. He obviously has a passion for his work and inspired me”
-Amber, Student, University of Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
“Mr. Kenneth M. Willis, Esq. has been a heaven sent gift. He has helped me when it counted the most. Whether it be giving me insight on job interviews to helping direct my path in my career. Mr. Willis has been a wonderful mentor.
-Jaylen, Engineering Major, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
“I have had the privilege of having Kenneth Willis as my mentor for the last three years. One thing that has impressed me about Kenneth is his willingness to share his skills, knowledge and expertise as an attorney. As a speaker, Kenneth is very entertaining, passionate, engaging and thought provoking. Kenneth is the kind of speaker that will have people talking about his message for years to come.”
-Willie, Attorney, Baton Rouge, LA
“Mr. Willis’ awesome storytelling approach really allowed us to connect visually and feel the emotions and experiences of those everyday African Americans who felt it necessary to migrate during the Black Migration. His presence was notable and stories were enlightening.”
Monique, EEO Program Coordinator, Philadelphia, PA Scroll to Read