Joseph T. Kelleher

Joseph Kelleher


Joe Kelleher represents public companies, privately-owned businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and religious and nonprofit organizations. He has served as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, arbitration proceedings and appeals. Joe’s practice focuses on securities and investment management litigation, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

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Representative Matters

  • representing more than 100 mutual funds and institutional investors with more than $2 billion in trading losses as plaintiffs in securities fraud opt-out actions against Petrobras arising from the Brazilian oil industry giant’s long-running bribery and kickback scheme and overstatement of assets
  • successfully represented a global aerospace manufacturer in a multimillion dollar international arbitration, defeating all disputed claims and prevailing on counterclaims for substantial monetary damages
  • obtained a unanimous award in favor of a marine terminal operator in an $80 million dispute with its public port authority landlord before a panel of three arbitrators
  • represented the litigation trustee for 20 mutual funds and institutional investors asserting claims in the multidistrict litigation arising from the $1 billion Satyam Computer Services fraud
  • defending mutual funds and other investors in the multibillion dollar Tribune Company and Lyondell Chemical Company fraudulent transfer lawsuits arising from the companies’ respective leveraged buyouts and subsequent Chapter 11 reorganizations
  • defended a global manufacturer of military, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions in a patent infringement lawsuit related to night vision technology
  • defended a mutual fund client in a multimillion dollar FINRA customer dispute arbitration
  • secured summary judgment in favor of a publicly traded industrial manufacturer in a half-billion dollar breach of contract claim involving the licensing of patent rights
  • defended a global electrical supplies distributor in a multimillion dollar lawsuit for trademark infringement and counterfeiting
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Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Saint Joseph's University

  • Board of Directors, The Arc of Chester County
  • Board of Directors, Haddon Savings Bank 
  • Joint Development & Community Relations Committee, The Arc of Chester County
  • Friends of City Year Committee
  • Stradley Ronon Hiring Committee
  • Stradley Ronon Technology Committee


  • Chambers USA, listed as an "up and coming" lawyer for general commercial litigation in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star
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In The Community

Joe serves on the Board of Directors and the Joint Development & Community Relations Committee of The Arc of Chester County, a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is also a member of the Friends of City Year Committee, which supports and promotes the mission of City Year Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization focused on closing the education gap in the Greater Philadelphia region.
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