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 injury, 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; 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).
Prior to co-founding Kershenbaum & Raffaele, 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. From 2010 to 2016 he has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia Magazine, as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. He resides in Bucks County with his wife and son.