Justin Kerner '10

Justin Kerner '10  

Justin Kerner '10
Associate, DLA Piper LLP

Area of Practice: Complex Civil Litigation

Undergraduate School: The College of New Jersey
Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ


Describe some of your experiences at Villanova Law.

My professors were excellent. To this day, I remain in touch with several of them -- and I even had the opportunity to retain one as an expert witness!

During law school, I dedicated 10 credit hours during my 3L year to the Civil Justice Clinic. That was far and away the best experience I had, and it was the best preparation I was offered for the practice of law after graduation. I represented indigent clients in social security, custody, and other civil matters.

What advice do you have for students starting law school?
Treat law school like a job. Prepare each day and keep up with your work throughout the semester.

Why did you decide to apply to Villanova Law?
My wife graduated from VLS, as I was preparing my law school applications. I applied to Villanova based on local job placement opportunities, clinical programs, and local reputation.



Justin has a broad practice involving complex individual and class action disputes, including products liability, commercial fraud, and employment discrimination matters. The matters that he handles come from varied industries, including manufacturing, finance, insurance, and real estate. Justin considers pro bono work to be an important part of his practice, and he is a member of his firm’s Philadelphia Pro Bono Committee.

Before joining DLA Piper, Justin served as a judicial law clerk for four years. He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Koury, Jr. of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas, and he thereafter served the federal judiciary: first, the Honorable Mary L. Cooper of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and later, the Honorable Robert E. Cowen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He is a member of the bars of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.

While attending Villanova Law, Justin was a staff writer and managing editor for the Villanova Law Review, and also a managing editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. He earned several honors and awards at graduation, including the Dorothy Day Award, which acknowledges students who have volunteered at the inception of their careers to take on the added responsibility of pro bono service, and the Joseph R. Wenk Award for his contributions to the Civil Justice Clinic. Justin was also awarded the Hyman-Goodman Award, which is awarded to graduating students who, in the opinion of the faculty, have done the most for the class and the Law School through both academic and extracurricular achievements.

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