Justin E. Kerner

Senior Attorney He / Him / His
New Jersey

Justin Kerner is a senior attorney in the Litigation Department. He handles all aspects of complex commercial and consumer finance cases, including class actions, in state and federal trial courts. He also regularly handles appellate matters.

In the consumer finance space, Justin has experience with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Reporting Act (TCPA), and deposit fraud matters, including wire transfer and account opening disputes.


Banking and Consumer Finance Matters

Justin regularly defends banking clients in retail branch disputes involving deposit accounts and other payment methods, including disputes arising under Articles 3, 4, and 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Representative Matters

  • Zhejiang Matrix SCM Co. v. PNC Bank, N.A., No. 23-979, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44671 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 13, 2024) (granting motion to dismiss common law claims with prejudice, under UCC displacement theory, for lack of duty, and for failure to comply with Pennsylvania’s banking code)
  • Munn v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Index No. 63840/2022, 2023 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 773 (Sup. Ct. Westchester Cnty. Jan. 9, 2023) (granting motion to dismiss plaintiff wire originator’s claim under UCC § 4A-207 with prejudice because (1) plaintiff lacked privity with defendant bank, and (2) defendant bank had no knowledge of misdescribed beneficiary when processing the subject payment order)
  • Rideout v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 21-3326, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202872 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 21, 2021) (granting motion to dismiss claims arising from allegations of wrongful account opening)

Produce and Transportation Matters

Before attending law school, Justin worked in the produce and transportation industries, serving a variety of clients in the food and beverage sector. He continues to represent and advise trucking companies, freight forwarders, third-party logistics providers, and fresh produce vendors on legal matters impacting their day-to-day business. He has advised such companies on matters including form contracts, UCC liens, product recalls, and FDA audits.

Other Matters

Justin’s other litigation experience is varied, including litigation pertaining to real estate appraisals, environmental liability, insurance receiverships, intellectual property disputes, and other commercial disputes. He has drafted appellate briefs for private litigants, governmental entities, and amici curiae in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and state appellate courts in California, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has also drafted briefs and other filings for private litigants in each district court within the Third Circuit, and in various federal and state trial courts throughout the country.

Professional Highlights

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.

Judicial Clerkships

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

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Pro Tem

ADL, Glass Leadership Institute

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Federation Leadership Institute

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024; "Ones to Watch," - Appellate Practice (Mount Laurel)  2023, 2024


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)


New Jersey


New York