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Josh Kershenbaum, Founding Member

 

A determined advocate for children and their families, Josh Kershenbaum brings a unique combination of passion, intellect and experience to his comprehensive education- and family-focused practice. Josh’s clients benefit not only from his extensive litigation experience, but from the valuable perspective and knowledge he gained in his previous career as a teacher in a public elementary school. Today, Josh represents children and families in matters ranging from special education law, school discipline and truancy, bullying and discrimination, child-centered personal injuryspecial needs estate planning, and the Constitutional rights of students.  He also represents college and graduate students in disputes with institutions of higher education.  

Josh’s work on behalf of children with special needs and their families includes counseling and representation with respect to all forms of disputes over the provision of educational services, such as those arising under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 and other federal and state statutes. Accordingly, Josh represents clients at IEP meetings and administrative due process hearings, in settlement negotiations with school districts and in state and federal litigation. 

In addition to maintaining his busy practice, Josh is a frequent author and lecturer. He is a contributing writer to MetroKids magazine; developed and taught a Special Education Law Seminar as an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009 and 2010; and trains parents, attorneys and other advocates in all aspects of special education law. Josh has also appeared on WHYY’s “Voices in the Family” with Dr. Dan Gottleib and WOGL’s “Philadelphia Agenda” with Brad Segall. An active member of the community, he is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and the Cheltenham Area Residents for Equality Planning Committee.

Prior to co-founding Frankel & Kershenbaum, Josh was a litigator at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. He has also served as an advocate with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, where he represented children with disabilities in disputes with Pennsylvania’s Medicaid HMOs.

Josh is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he was recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. He resides in Montgomery County with his wife and son.

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2006
  • Amherst College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1996

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Supreme Court New Jersey, 2006
  • United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • United States District Court of New Jersey, 2006
  • United States District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2011

Experience

  • Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC, Founding Member, 2009-Present
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2009-2010
  • Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, Litigator, 2006-2009
  • Temple University Office of University Counsel, Law Clerk, 2004-2006
  • The Pennsylvania Health Law Project, Advocate / Paralegal, 2002-2005
  • Newton Public Schools, Teacher, 1998-2001

Professional Affiliations

  • Cheltenham Area Residents for Equality, 2011-Present
    • Planning Committee, 2011
  • Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, 2009-Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2006-2011
    • Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, 2009-2011

Honors

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Thomson Reuters published annually in Philadelphia magazine, 2010-2012  
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2002-2006
    • Amherst College John Woodruff Simpson Law Fellowship
    • Amherst College Charles Rugg Law Fellowship
    • Best Research Paper, Public Interest Lawyering
    • Harriet Robinson Gillock Memorial Award
    • The Barrister Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy
    • Rubin Public Interest Honor Society Fellow
    • Temple University Presser / Rubin Public Interest Scholarship Recipient

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Phone: 610-922-4200
Email: Josh@MyKidsLawyer.com
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