'76 B.S., Criminal Justice
Director, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Member, University Board of Governors
For Ken Biermacher, life has been a series of carefully chosen steps that have moved him upward, one stride at a time, to success. But his life wasn’t always that way. He was out of high school before he realized he was gifted academically, and with the help of a mentor who was an adjunct at the University of New Haven, he chose a path toward forensics, then law, that suited his intense and inquisitive mind.
He won an academic scholarship to the University, worked in a summer student employment program and interned summers at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven. This left him time to become active in student groups on campus, and one of his proudest achievements was the hiring of Dr. Henry C. Lee to the University.
“The University of New Haven allowed me to identify with a group of peers who helped me attain important goals that also were constructive in advancing my career and finding success in important ways,” he says. “The University gave me an education, and it also gave me a strong sense of competence.”
That competence flowed forth mightily into everything he attempted. He graduated law school with honors and worked for prestigious law firms in Des Moines and Dallas until he found one where he could truly thrive. And he did, to the point where he has consistently achieved the title of Texas Super Lawyer from Texas Lawyer magazine. In the meantime, he has mastered sailing, scuba diving, skiing, hunting, woodworking and a host of other pursuits while carving out time with his wife, Joan, and two children, Matt and Michelle.
There are more hills to climb, no doubt. Says friend and law colleague Rick Stark, “He’ll only do something if he can do it excellently.”