Joseph M. Kelleher



(215) 665-4123

(215) 372-2366

Joe represents clients in a variety of commercial matters with a focus on the software industry, stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI), and other complex business disputes.

In the insurance area, Joe represents insurers in declaratory judgment actions seeking to have STOLI policies declared void ab initio. He also represents insureds and/or their families in connection with the proceeds of such policies.

In the software area, Joe represents clients in civil actions arising from the licensure and/or implementation of integrated business software solutions (ERP). Working closely with top experts in the field, he litigates across a broad spectrum of issues, including those related to license compliance, project management, solution architecture, hardware sizing, defect remediation, performance testing, and software maintenance and support. Joe’s practice goes beyond merely litigating these issues by providing real-time counsel to clients during on-going projects.

Between his undergraduate studies and law school, Joe served as a scout platoon leader in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV.



Cozen O’Connor Promotes Seven Members to Shareholder

August 24, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the promotion of seven members to shareholders.

Cozen O'Connor’s Life Insurance & Annuities Group Named One of the Top Lateral Hires of 2018

March 23, 2019

The Cozen O'Connor Life Insurance and Annuities Group was named by The Legal Intelligencer one of the Top Lateral Hires of 2018 after joining the firm in April 2018.

Cozen O’Connor Expands Commercial Litigation Practice in Philadelphia with Group from Drinker Biddle

April 26, 2018

Cozen O’Connor announced today that three nationally recognized commercial litigators — Michael J. Miller, Gregory J. Star, and Stephen R. Harris — along with 11 others have left Drinker Biddle to join Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice


Hydraulic Fracturing, Induced Seismicity, and Insurance Coverage: Are Insurers Being Asked to Pay for Lack of Regulation? [FC&S Legal]

March 01, 2016

Joseph Kelleher co-authored an article in FC&S Legal about the issues at the intersection of insurance law, hydraulic fracturing, and induced seismicity.

Revised ICDR International Arb Rules: What Counsel Should Know [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 30, 2014

Joe Kelleher discussed The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and revisions to its International Arbitration Rules.

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  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude, 2004
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Honorable Robert B. Kugler, U.S. District Court -- New Jersey