Joseph Kernen

Joseph Kernen has a diverse litigation practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with emphasis on commercial litigation, class action matters and employment disputes.

In his 20 years with the firm, Joseph has successfully represented corporate clients in a wide variety of matters. He has served as lead counsel defending insurance companies, lenders, motor vehicle and other consumer products manufacturers, and telecommunications companies in class action matters; a national accounting firm in fraud and breach of contract matters in courts and arbitration proceedings around the country; an online auction company in fraud and breach of contract litigation; a national retailer in contract and employment litigation; and both landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes. He has defended a national sports and entertainment company in commercial contract disputes, and companies of all sizes in construction-related controversies.

Joseph also has significant experience counseling and defending companies in a variety of employment-related matters, including counseling on wage and hour issues, and defending FLSA class actions; defending employment discrimination charges; obtaining and resisting temporary restraining orders, and preliminary injunctions in non-competition/trade secret litigation; and advising on employment contracts, handbooks, and policies and procedures. Joseph also advises employers in connection with investigations into harassment, fraud and other allegations of misconduct of employees at all levels. He also represents senior business executives in contract negotiations.

Joseph is the Hiring Partner for DLA Piper's Philadelphia office.

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Areas of Practice 1) Employment, 2) Litigation, 3) Arbitration and Investigations, 4) Product Liability and 5) Mass Torts and Product Stewardship
Law School J.D., New York University, 1989
Education B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1986
Bar Member / Association New Jersey State Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm DLA Piper
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