Joe Kernen has a diverse litigation practice with emphasis on commercial litigation, class action matters, construction litigation and employment disputes.

In his 25 years with the firm, Joe has successfully represented corporate clients in a wide variety of matters. He has served as lead counsel defending insurance companies, lenders, retailers, 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; large real estate developers in construction litigation; 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.

Joe 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. Joe 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.

Joe is Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office. He previously served as the Chair of the Philadelphia Litigation Department and Philadelphia Office Hiring Partner.