LINDA A. KERNS, ESQUIRE
 

Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago,

Masters of Law in Taxation from Temple University Beasley School of Law

Bachelor of Science from Drexel University

My Story (in reverse chronological order)

2010s

Linda's practice continues to grow and she expands her staff.  She also takes the first real vacation (longer than a few days) since she opened her office in 2003 and visits the Middle East for the first time, staying in Dubai and travelling to Abu Dhabi.  She hires an associate - a fellow Loyola University Chicago School of Law graduate (see below!).  This results in an office renovation (already!).  Linda also continues her involvement in various legal associations and community activities as outlined below.  Additionally, she is increasingly quoted in various media outlets.  In November 2011, Linda visited China with the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to learn about China and its economy.  Stormer, the faithful Shetland Sheepdog, rests in peace and his successor joins the office:  Thatcher, a rescue dog of indeterminate breed but a great disposition.  During Spring and Summer 2012, Linda continues her election law work and provides commentary for various media outlets: radio, television and print.  In Fall 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett nominated Linda to a six year term on the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.  The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination.  Linda continues as a member of the Advisory Council of Saint Rose of Lima School, as well as a speaker and writer for various outlets.  In 2014, she visited Russia, again with the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, exploring both Moscow and St. Petersburg.  She also began volunteering with Thatcher as a therapy team at Inglis House.

2000s

In 2008, purchases and renovates office space in the Academy House Professional Offices Building on Locust Street between 15th Street and Broad Street.  Works with architect to renovate office specifically for law firm's needs.  Relocates firm to newly designed space and was able to walk to work every day with Stormer (a fabulous, but tiny, Shetland Sheepdog, who sat faithfully in the office, napping, greeting clients and looking out the window).

As practice continues to grow, begins to scout out ideal locations for new office, looking to buy space and tailor it to the expanding law firm needs, and increasing client base.  Focuses approximately 90% of time on family law matters: divorce, support, equitable distribution, custody and alimony.

Participates in the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law Inn of Court, Doris Jonas Freed Family Law Inn of CourtPennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association.  Volunteers for the VIP/PLA Tax Clinic.  Volunteers through BLOCS as a member of the Advisory Council of Saint Rose of Lima School.  Drafts articles and lectures on various aspects of the law. 

In 2003, opens Law Offices of Linda A. Kerns at 1500 Market Street, across from City Hall.  Practice rapidly grows.  Clients include business owners, artists, entertainers, doctors, lawyers, financial experts, teachers, nurses, designers, accountants and people from all walks of life.

In addition to family law, litigation and business law, begins to represent clients in election law matters, representing clients in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, as well as Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg.

Obtains a Masters of Law in Taxation (L.L.M.) and a Graduate Certificate in Estate Planning from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.  Uses the extensive tax background to assist in the financial intricacies of the income and asset distribution issues of divorce cases.

Returns to Philadelphia, and practices Family Law and Civil Litigation for a Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Handles all types of cases, including marital estates worth tens of millions of dollars.  Purchases a home in Rittenhouse Square.

1990s

After clerkship, practices Tax Law and Family Law for a Law Firm in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

After graduating law school, serves as Law Clerk to the Honorable William C. Todd, III, Family Division and then Presiding Judge Civil Division, Atlantic County, NJ, learning the ins and outs of the court system, writing briefs, orders and opinions, mediating cases and assisting Judge Todd -- the brightest and most scholarly judge in the world (in Linda's humble opinion).

Passes the Bar Exam in Illiniois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  (Four bar exams in the course of less than a year - vows never to take another bar exam again!)  Admitted to practice law in all four jurisdictions as well as the United States Tax Court.

Attends and graduates from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, (Juris Doctorate) earns Dean’s List, the CALI Award for Appellate Advocacy and the William J. Kilbridge Award for Excellence in Federal Taxation and Clinical Studies. In addition to standard juris doctorate coursework, takes extra semesters in Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom in various aspects of international law.

1980s

Attends high school in Springfield, Pennsylvania and college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1970s

Elvis Presley dies and Linda begins a life long interest in his life and music - and eventually writes a detailed thesis paper in law school on the unique legal aspects of Presley's estate and the posthumous value of the rights to his name.

Attends grade school in Broomall, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

1960s

Born in Darby, Pennsylvania.

 

 

ELIZABETH BOKERMANN, ESQUIRE
 

Elizabeth has a background in philosophy and psychology and was a competitive rower in college.

2010s

In 2010, Elizabeth meets Linda and is thrilled to join the firm as an associate after impressing Linda with her writing ability, knowledge of the law and warm compassionate manner with clients. She expects great things to arise in her future, including completing her second sprint triathlon.  Elizabeth also becomes involved in leading the local alumni chapter of the University of Dayton and publishes an article in The Pennsylvania Young Lawyers' At Issue.  Elizabeth also contributes frequently to our blog.
 

2000s

In 2009, Elizabeth relocates to the Philadelphia area from Chicago and purchases a lovely row-home in the East Falls neighborhood with her husband who is now a doctor at a large Philadelphia hospital. She is happy to pass her free time gardening and exploring her new neighborhood, especially with the help of their new Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy, Buddy, who enjoys lots of walks and playing in his backyard.

Attends and receives her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While at Loyola, Elizabeth earns Dean’s List, CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing II, works as a Legal Writing tutor and is the Executive Articles Editor for the Children’s Legal Rights Journal. In anticipation of moving to Philadelphia, Elizabeth takes and passes the Pennsylvania bar exam and then works as a temporary associate for a mid-sized municipal law firm in suburban Chicago.

After college, Elizabeth marries her college rowing sweetheart, Matt, and they relocate to Chicago so that she can attend law school and he can complete medical school. Prior to moving to Chicago, Elizabeth attends and graduates from college in Dayton, Ohio with Bachelors of Arts in philosophy and psychology. The University of Dayton Flyers motto of Learn, Lead, Serve is one that Elizabeth firmly believes in and works daily to incorporate it into her life. While in college Elizabeth also rowed with the Flyers’ Division I Varsity Crew Team. Some of her proudest accomplishments include winning the Lightweight Women Varsity Eight at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia and being part of a lightweight crew ranked as high as sixth nationally. This experience left her with lifelong friends, a true understanding of teamwork and perseverance, and a great love of the sport of rowing.
 

1990s

Attends high school in Nashville and begins a life-long journey of active involvement in her community, while also taking full advantage of living in the Music City and enjoying all things music that the city has to offer.
 

1980s

Elizabeth is born on a warm Christmas evening in Nashville, Tennessee (located only a short distance from Graceland – Linda’s favorite place in the world). Her loving family engrains in her a great appreciation of Southern Hospitality. 
  

Photographs of Linda and Helen by Dominic Episcopo.  Hair and makeup by Dawn Troccoli.  We cannot promise that we will look as polished and pulled together in person -- but we try!
  
HELEN GRISPINO,
 
LEGAL ASSISTANT

 


Helen has over twenty years of experience as a legal assistant, and is known for her excellent organizational skills.

2010s

Helen continues to work with Linda but makes sure to be at the shore on the weekends in the summer, relaxing after long days in the office.  Helen continues to expand her skills, taking seminars and learning many different paralegal skills.

 

2000s

 

Joins the Law Offices of Linda A. Kerns as a legal assistant. Maintains her Pennsylvania notary and hones her skills over the years with various continuing legal educational courses. Resides in Delaware County, where she owns a home. Helen is known for being extremely organized and efficient.
 

1980s/90s

Attends Archbishop Prendergast High School. Obtains her first job as a legal secretary and begins a 20 year career supporting attorneys in family law, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and estate planning.

1970s

Attends grade school in Yeadon, Pennsylvania.

1960s

Born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 Ensuring Confidentiality and Protecting the Environment

  

            It is important to me that my clients feel safe at all times when sharing information about their personal lives. I take very seriously the high professional standards and ethical rules I am bound by as an attorney. In order to help ensure the confidentiality of information, all documents or papers with that are being disposed of are shredded on site. The documents are placed in a special locked console, and shredded by the company, Shred-It, with a mobile shredding truck.
 
            My shredding of documents not only provides my clients with security, it also conserves resources. Any paper that is shredded in the office is recycled and made into the many different types of recycled paper products. With every piece of paper that is placed in the Shred-It console, the Law Offices of Linda A. Kerns, LLC reduces waste and recycles what would otherwise simply be added to a landfill.          

       

 

 

1420 Locust Street  -  Suite 200  -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102  -  phone: (215) 731-1400  -  fax: (215) 701-4154 - linda@lindakernslaw.com