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  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1970
  • B.A., Yale University, 1967

    Editor of University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1968-1970

    Law Clerk, Hon. Samuel J. Roberts, Associate (later Chief) Justice of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1970-1971

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, First and Third Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

The Foundation of Free Library of Philadelphia, Board of Directors, Emeritus Member

Alexander Kerr

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Of Counsel
  • T: 215.979.3868
    F: 215.979.3899

Alec Kerr is Of Counsel with the law firm of McCarter & English. He concentrates his practice in securities, insurance coverage, antitrust, telecommunications and complex commercial litigation.

Before joining McCarter & English, Mr. Kerr was a founding partner at Philadelphia's Hoyle, Morris & Kerr LLP, where he was a lead attorney in a wide variety of cases, especially in the securities area. His career has included service as Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice.

Active in the field of legal education, Mr. Kerr regularly teaches courses in trial advocacy for the Academy of Advocacy and the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer in continuing legal education seminars for practicing lawyers.

Mr. Kerr has successfully defended numerous securities, RICO and ERISA matters for some of the nation's largest health care carriers; individuals and corporations in SEC insider-trading investigations; and several class action securities actions. He is experienced in handling litigation concerning insurance coverage and private equity matters, and has defended clients in complex commercial disputes.

Mr. Kerr is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Securities/Capital Markets Litigation, and has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014-2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Philadelphia. He has also been named the Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Securities in Philadelphia. He has also been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2005, and as one of Chambers USA's "Leaders in their Field" since 2007. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyersis published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World ReportMartindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

L-3 Communications Corporation v. Clevenger, et al.
E.D. Pa. Partner in charge of defense of securities action.  Issue of retroactivity of Sarbanes-Oxley currently on appeal to Third Circuit, having prevailed before District Court on Motion to Dimiss.
The Madison Bank, Inc., et al. v. Joseph W. Major, et al.
E.D. Pa. Partner in charge of defense of officers of Patriot Bank in connection with lost investment in internet banking concern.
LaManna, et al. v. Steinberg, et al.
E.D. Pa. Partner in charge of defense of ERISA class action claiming breach of fiduciary duty for investing in company stock.
In Re Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. Securities Litigation
S.D. N.Y. Partner in charge of defense of securities class action claiming breach of Section 10(b) and Rule 10(b)(5) of the Exchange Act.