Joseph Kernen

Joseph Kernen
Vice President, Advisory Board
Retired Partner, DLA Piper

Joe Kernen recently retired after practicing law for 35 years, the last 32 at DLA Piper, a global business law firm with more than 4,000 lawyers across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Joe represented corporate clients in complex commercial and class action litigation and counseled and defended companies in employment matters. He served as Managing Partner of the Philadelphia Office for 6 years, was Chair of Philadelphia Litigation and was the Hiring Partner for 15 years. Joe served three terms on the firm’s US Policy Committee.

Joe earned is BA from Penn State, summa cum laude, where he was a member of the University Scholars Program, now known as the Schreyer Honors College, and received his law degree from New York University School of Law. 

Joe and his wife, Lee, live in Wallingford. In addition to his work for Penn State, Joe serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, where he is a member of the HR Committee.