Sauder Schelkopf is pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Kenney to partner at the firm. Mr. Kenney devotes his practice to litigation and has experience litigating class actions involving automotive and consumer product defects, false and misleading advertising, sexual abuse, employee rights, and other consumer protection matters. Since 2017, Mr. Kenney has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (an honor reserved for 2.5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania), as chosen by his peers based on his professional achievements. Mr. Kenney has briefed and argued dispositive motions in federal courts across the country. Mr. Kenney has also been appointed class counsel in a variety of class action settlements, creating hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits available to consumers.
“I started my legal career with the attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf during my third year of law school almost ten years ago. I am grateful to be promoted to partner by those same attorneys and excited to continue my professional development at the firm.,” said Joe Kenney.
Mr. Kenney received his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2013. While at Villanova, he was elected as a Managing Editor of Student Works for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Journal of Sports Law by his peers. As a staff writer, his comment, Showing On-Field Racism the Red Card: How the Use of Tort Law and Vicarious Liability Can Save the MLS from Joining the English Premier League on Racism Row, was selected for publication in the Spring 2012 Volume of the Journal. Prior to law school, he attended Ursinus College where he majored in politics and minored in international studies. Mr. Kenny was also a member of the men’s varsity soccer team at Ursinus.
“Joe has been an integral part of our team for ten years. He is well-respected by co-counsel, defense counsel, and the judges he has appeared before. He’s worked on many of our largest cases from inception through successful conclusion. We look forward to this next chapter in our firm’s progression,” said Joe Sauder and Matt Schelkopf.
About Sauder Schelkopf
Sauder Schelkopf has a nationally recognized litigation practice. The firm currently serves as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Our firm was recognized by the Legal Intelligencer’s 2022 Professional Excellence Awards. The Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards honor Pennsylvania law firms and attorneys who have made a significant, positive impact on the legal profession. Our firm was named in the Litigation Departments of the Year (Specialty Area category; runner-up), an award that honors the best litigation practice in a small or mid-sized firm in Pennsylvania. This recognition was based on the firm’s 2021 litigation work and its important ongoing cases. LawDragon has recognized our attorneys in its list of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” for 2022. This list notes: “From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.” Mr. Schelkopf was named to Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers® 2022 for Class Actions/Mass Tort Litigation. The American Lawyer named Mr. Sauder to its 2021 Northeast Trailblazers. The honor recognizes 60 lawyers who are “truly agents of change.” It “recognizes professionals in the Northeast who have moved the needle in the legal industry.” The Legal Intelligencer named Mr. Sauder and Mr. Schelkopf in its 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers list recognizing 31 lawyers who “have taken extra measures to contribute to positive outcomes . . . and who are truly agents of change.” The Legal highlighted the firm’s innovative work on advocacy as class counsel in large institutional sex abuse cover-ups, women’s, and children’s rights. Our attorneys have also consistently been recognized by their peers being named to Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, a distinction held by the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have also been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania.