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William D. Kennedy Partner

Berwyn, PA | Direct 215.864.6816Fax 215.789.7583
Philadelphia, PA
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Bill Kennedy offers clients an uncommon combination of backgrounds in both the courtroom and the boardroom.

As a trial and appellate litigator, Bill defends against profound and complex claims of personal injury and damage arising in both the professional and general liability contexts. Bill has defended countless health care professionals against claims of malpractice, from initial investigations through settlements, trials and appeals. He has also defended hundreds of insureds and self-insureds against general liability claims arising from products, pharmaceuticals, premises conditions, highway and trucking accidents, and alcohol, to list just a few. Bill manages the fact-development, issue analysis, strategic planning, and interpersonal relationships that lead to successful litigation outcomes.

For clients with large, complex litigation portfolios, Bill provides day-to-day, national litigation management services, overseeing the defense of hundreds of cases. Bill retains local counsel, coordinates consistent pleadings and discovery responses, and manages complex insurance coverage issues.

For insurers, Bill analyzes insurance coverage and defends insurers against inappropriate claims by policyholders. He defends first-party actions and provides reliable coverage opinions with respect to the scope and priority of coverage.

Beyond litigation, however, Bill has extensive business experience. Bill was a chairman, officer, and director on the boards of a national organization that provides a full range of residential and health care services to 18,000 seniors in retirement communities around the country. Bill has served on the Executive, Risk Management, Operations, Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, and Nominating committees. From this, Bill has high-level experience working with both for-profit and not-for-profit executives, officers, and directors. Bill is involved in creating, measuring, and evaluating long-term financial and operational expectations.

Bill is an engaging and entertaining speaker. He has presented seminars for clients about such diverse topics as:

  • how to manage the extensive settlement and trial complications posed by the
    federal, Medicare Secondary Payer Act,
  • how to minimize the risk of disadvantageous litigation,
  • creation and preservation of positive evidence,
  • development of effective contractual indemnity, defense, and additional insured provisions,
  • successful use of common law indemnity and contribution actions, and
  • effective corporate governance.

Bill has also served as counsel for the investigation of abuse allegations against churches and clergy. He has provided abuse-prevention and allegation-response training to churches and youth organizations.


Bar and Court Admissions



The Dickinson School of Law, JD

Bucknell University, BA 


Academy of Advocacy, Fellow

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