Joanna Hess Kunz

Tel 215.864.8319
Fax 215.864.8999

Joanna Hess Kunz focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, including experience in white collar defense, securities litigation, contract disputes, and appeals. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing a federal prisoner in a civil rights case, representing a homeowner in a civil forfeiture case, and working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Prior to entering law school, Joanna was a policy analyst for the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. During law school she interned for the Hon. Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for the Civil Frauds Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Hon. Paul C. Huck, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Co-author, "Civil Forfeiture Under Fire – Part II," Money Laundering Watch, April 12, 2017

Co-author, "Civil Forfeiture Under Fire – Part I," Money Laundering Watch, April 11, 2017

Co-author, "Friends and Family and Criminal Forfeiture," Money Laundering Watch, March 22, 2017

American University Washington College of Law (J.D. magna cum laude, 2011)
American University Law Review, Order of the Coif

Swarthmore College (B.A. 2005)


Spanish (proficient)

New Jersey

New York


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit