Joseph Kelleher

Cozen O'Connor PC

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Philadelphia 19103 PA US

Joseph M. Kelleher 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.


  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for an ERP firm after a federal jury trial with more than $10 million at issue. Hodell-Natco Industries, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., No. 1:08-2755, 2015 WL 5321078 (N.D. Ohio July 9, 2015).
  • Obtained multiple favorable settlements for business software companies in cases with amounts at issue ranging from $3 million to $500 million and in jurisdictions ranging from Florida state court to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.
  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action against a credit card company in a civil RICO case arising out of alleged internet gambling activities of an online merchant. Hertzog v. QuiBids LLC, No. 5:12-786 (D. Okla. Sept. 9, 2013).
  • Obtained numerous orders striking proposed expert witness candidates, particularly involving proposed opinions relating to business valuation, lost profits, and lost opportunities.
  • Obtained a plaintiff’s verdict in a trespass action following a bench trial.


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

BAR ADMISSIONS : New Jersey; Pennsylvania


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


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