Keya C. Denner devotes his practice to cannabis law, labor and employment law, executive compensation, and commercial litigation.
As Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group, Keya uses his broad knowledge base, experience, and industry connections to act as an invaluable asset to clients looking to gain a foothold in the emerging legal cannabis industry, and to understand the current tensions between federal and state laws regarding the sale and marketing of marijuana and industrial hemp. A frequent commenter and speaker in this area, Keya represents both established companies and entrepreneurs in applying for licenses to operate alternative treatment centers under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). He also counsels businesses as to marijuana-related employment matters, including accommodation issues for employees who use marijuana pursuant to CUMMA, and drafting and refining employer drug testing and enforcement policies. Keya also counsels firm clients looking to conduct medical and agricultural research in this area.
Keya is an experienced employment litigator. He represents management in matters ranging from breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants to discrimination, disability, and wage and hour violations under federal and state laws. He also regularly handles discrimination matters before state and federal administrative agencies in New York and New Jersey. Above all, Keya is a trusted counselor for clients and their HR professionals. He has expertise in guiding employers through difficult employee leave entitlement issues under both the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, mass layoffs under federal and state WARN statutes, and multi-state reductions in force. Much of Keya’s practice is devoted to counseling clients as to existing company policies with an eye towards avoiding litigation, and working with them to draft new policies as laws evolve. He is also a prolific trainer, having conducted scores of employment training sessions over the years for groups of employees, managers, and human resources professionals on topics ranging from harassment awareness and the impact of #metoo on modern businesses, to best practices for managers and supervisors.
As a member of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, Keya represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and associated agreements at both the commencement of the employment relationship and at termination. Keya has successfully negotiated employment and severance packages for clients, including employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and benefits packages.
Outside of the employment arena, Keya represents several businesses in the health care industry, providing a wide range of litigation and counseling services. For nursing facility clients and hospitals, he regularly initiates guardianship actions for residents and patients in need.
Keya was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a 2017 New Leader of the Bar for his impressive accomplishments and great promise in the legal profession. For the past three years, he was selected for inclusion on the Employment & Labor list of New Jersey Rising Stars. Keya serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Visiting Nurse Association where he is Chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee. He is also co-host of the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Human Resources Roundtable Group and has been recently named Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association. Keya is a former Emmy Award winning child actor and an avid musician.
Keya C. Denner was selected to the 2018 Rising Stars Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
New Jersey Law Journal 2017 Leader of the Bar