Justin Kerner is an associate in the Litigation Department. He handles all aspects of complex commercial cases (including class actions) in state and federal trial courts. He also regularly handles appellate matters.
Produce and Transportation Matters
Prior to attending law school, Justin worked for several years in the produce and transportation industries, serving a variety of clients in the food and beverage sector. He worked with, met with, and resolved logistics issues for retailers, foodservice distributors, and produce wholesalers. He also negotiated freight contracts and managed relationships with dozens of freight companies (including brokers).
As an attorney, Justin has continued to build on that practical industry experience. Justin regularly drafts standard terms and contracts, pursues and defends claims for non-payment, demurrage, and damages, and otherwise resolves disputes with vendors, customers, and subcontractors. He has experience with FDA Audits, product recalls, and other matters that are specific to the produce industry.
Justin is a member of the Eastern Produce Council, and he is proud to participate in the Council’s 2020 Leadership Class.
Pro Bono Experience
Pro bono work and volunteer work are a critical part of Justin’s practice. He is currently helping a Venezuelan man pursue asylum in the United States. In the past, he has handled a variety of pro bono matters, including civil rights matters, uninsured motorist lawsuits, motions for release of detained immigrants, and u-Visa applications.
Justin also has experience with civil rights matters. In 2018, as court-appointed counsel, Justin successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for reinstatement of an inmate’s claims, which arose from his prolonged assignment to the Secured Housing Unit and deprivation of appropriate medical treatment. In 2020, in a separate matter, Justin will present Eighth Amendment sexual assault and First Amendment retaliation claims in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Justin also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, and he is participating in the ADL’s Glass Institute and the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Leadership Institute.
Hon. Robert E. Cowen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, September 2013-September 2014
Hon. Mary L. Cooper, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, September 2011-September 2013
Hon. Michael J. Koury, Jr., Northampton County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas, August 2010-August 2011
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Pro Tem
ADL, Glass Leadership Institute
Eastern Produce Council, 2020 Leadership Class
Recognition & Accomplishments
Co-author, "Federal Crackdown on Hoarding and Gouging During COVID-19 Crisis," ALM Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2020
Co-author, "Local Thoughts on Global Class Actions," Law360, January 2, 2019
"Taking Control of Class Actions from the Beginning," The Labor Dish blog, February 18, 2015
"'It's Third and Eight!' – The Third Circuit Adopts an Eight-Factor Test for Likelihood of Confusion in False Enforcement Cases and Flags Related Defenses in Facenda v. NFL Films," 32 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT. L.J. 111, 2009
"Labor Pains: the Seventh Circuit Distorts the PDA to Bar Discrimination Based on In Vitro Fertilization," 24 WIS. J.L. GEN. & SOC. 117, 2009
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)
Order of the Coif
Managing Editor of Symposia, Villanova Law Review
Recipient, Hyman-Goodman Award, for outstanding service to the law school community
Recipient, Joseph R. Wenk Award, for outstanding commitment to the Civil Justice Clinic
Recipient, Dorothy Day Award, for pro bono service
The College of New Jersey (B.S. 2002)