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Joseph J. Kenneff

Criminal defense Attorney at Millersville, PA

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

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Attorney Kenneff is a partner at Goodman & Kenneff. Prior to his partnership at Goodman & Kenneff, he served as an Assistant Public Defender in Lancaster County. He also spent 2 years as judicial clerk to various Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Judges, where he drafted numerous judicial opinions regarding Lancaster County DUI’s and other criminal matters. Joe specializes in DUIs, Criminal Defense and Family Law. In addition, he currently serves as the solicitor for several local zoning hearing boards, including Manheim, Mount Joy, and Strasburg Boroughs.


Attorney Kenneff has received specialized training in the area of DUI defense and has accumulated countless hours of instruction over the past few years. Receiving specific guidance on certain tactics such as field sobriety testing, breath testing, and blood testing, he uses that training to give his clients a specialized, detailed analysis of their Lancaster PA DUI case. Much of this training focuses on the use of the same police training manuals used by police to successfully defend against DUI charges. In addition, Attorney Kenneff remains continuously updated on the most recent DUI case law and precedent involving many Constitutional aspects of DUI law, including illegal stops, searches and seizures.


Joe is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lancaster County Bar Association and The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Goodman & Kenneff, L.L.P.
246 Manor Avenue, Suite B
Millersville, PA, 17551


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Dan | August 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I got into some legal trouble in January and needed a lawyer right away. My dad saw an ad for Joe's law practice in the paper. From the very start of things, Joe and his staff were very kind and understanding. If I had any questions, they did not hesitate to answer them. I felt that I was well represented by Joe and treated with kindness and respect. I would definitely recommend him to anyone else in need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Jamie | April 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I had hired Joe Kenneff months ago for a custody battle. Joe had done an EXCELLENT job on my case and I will definitely use Joe again (if needed). Joe and his staff are great people and I wouldn't ask for a better lawyer. Hugs :)
Posted by Linda | February 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
I found myself needing a lawyer and had no idea where to go. I asked the District Justice and they gave me a list of local lawyers. I selected Mr. Knneff, called his office and set up an appointment. He was very understanding and patient as we discussed my situation. I had many, many questions and concerns and Mr. Kenneff was able to answer all of them. I hired him and am very happy I did. He worked with me through every step of my case and through his expertise I received a favorable outcome in court. I will definitely use him in the future if the need ever arises and I have already told all my family and friends what a good person and exceptional lawyer he is.
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Posted by Rosemarie | January 8, 2016
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I had several parking tickets issued in my name that due to circumstances, I knew nothing about until they turned into bench warrants, and had escalated to several hundred dollars in costs. Because I pleaded not guilty to the tickets, I had to appear at a hearing to plead my case. I had no idea what to expect at the hearing. I knew Attorney Joe Kenneff, so I called him and discussed this with him. He told me I could probably handle it myself, but if I felt better having representation, he could be there for me. I decided to have Attorney Kenneff represent me. He asked me to meet him about 20 minutes before the hearing. We went over all the information he had about the tickets, and asked me what I wanted the outcome to be. I told him I would like to get rid of some of the exuberant costs. Joe was very honest with me and told me that he was pretty sure he could get some kind of reduction in costs, but he wasn't sure how much. I asked him if I needed to talk at all during the hearing, because the thought of that made me nervous . Joe told me not to worry, he would take the lead and I would most likely not have to say much at all. He seemed so sincere when talking with me, which helped to put me at ease. When we walked in with the officer to plead our case, Attorney Kenneff introduced me and himself to the officer. He talked with the officer in a friendly, but respectful manner about our case. Joe has a really engaging way about him, the made the whole atmosphere in the room comfortable. At that moment, I thought, "He's got this.....It's gong to be okay!" I know representing someone for parking tickets is not a big case, but to me it was important. And as I listened to Joe speak with the officer about my parking tickets; I knew, at that moment, my parking tickets were the most important thing to him too! He got all the parking tickets dismissed except for one of which I had to pay only the cost of the original parking ticket. I was so impressed with the way he handled things. I definitely believe, it was not only his knowledge of the law that brought us to this outcome, but his kind, sincere, and respectful way he was with both me and the officer. I definitely made the right decision in having Attorney Joe Kenneff represent me. I couldn't have been in better hands! He is definitely in a league of his own!
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Posted by Megan | January 15, 2015
A Gem of an Attorney!
Joe has represented me for the past 3 years in two complicated and intertwining cases. Joe took the time needed to listen to me not only to understand each case and pull apart the available information to make sense of it all but he also listened to what I really wanted to get out of each case...and delivered. He brought peace back into my previously chaotic life. Joe is knowledgeable, personable, prompt, persistent, and obviously driven to provide excellent service to his clients. I wouldn't hesitate to give his name to any one of my friends or family in need.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
Joseph Kenneff Review
I recently turned to Joseph Kenneff when faced with my legal situation. As a client your biggest fear when faced with legal troubles revolves around not knowing what you are up against. When I contacted Joseph, he immediately made time to answer my questions and give me the details of my case. In addition to providing me with the information to put my mind at ease; Mr. Kenneff truly fought for me to ensure I received the best possible outcome in my case. I strongly believe that if I would have chosen a different attorney I wouldn't have received the result that I did. I also would like to add that the fees that Joseph offers for his service are very generous, so you will receive a top quality lawyer for an extremely fair price. The legal matter which Joseph assisted me with was a DUI in Lancaster, PA. This was my first DUI offense and I had no previous convictions on my criminal record. Mr. Kenneff is very knowledgable regarding the penalties and consequences of a DUI, which is what you as a client want to know immediately. It amazes me how Joe has formed so many strong relationships with police officers and Judges in the city in regards to DUI arrests. When your attorney has those relationships, it goes a long way in benefiting your case outcome, and ensuring things go smoothly. I would strongly recommend Joseph Kenneff to anyone facing legal problems. He is extremely professional and will do everything in his power to help his clients.
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Posted by Erika | August 20, 2014
Mr. Kenneff is a truly caring attorney!
In the past few years, I've had to go through the painful process of divorce, custody, and a domestic relations dispute. When I was faced with the reality that I had to start the grueling process of a divorce, it was terrifying; however, having a caring and competent attorney, Joe Kenneff, made all the difference in the world. There is so much emotion and uncertainty involved when going thru a divorce especially when children are involved. He is not like any other attorney I've ever dealt with in the past. He actually cares and that is hard to come by in a lawyer. He walked me thru all the steps and kept me updated so I wasn't at home worrying; and if I called with any questions, he always got back to me in a timely manner. I felt that he really had my best interests at heart and he worked very diligently to make sure that was accomplished. There were times during the process that were time sensitive; and even though I have a tendency to worry, I had confidence that it would get done, and he always came through. I highly recommend Joe Kenneff as an attorney and know first hand that he is a caring, competent, and dedicated attorney. I have to revise my Will and I will definitely be retaining him for those services and any other legal matters that may come up in my life.
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Posted by Eric | June 22, 2014
Joseph Kenneff hepled in saving my life from a crooked cop and a group of violent assailants.
I have to thank Mr. Kenneff for helping me to overcome tremendous odds in my jury trial. He was able to show the jury that the officer and those who attacked me were lying and falsely accusing me to protect themselves. Mr. Kenneff caught them in their lies and exposed them as well as uncovering the truth. He was kind and willing to take the extra time with me to win my jury trial.
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Posted by Bill | September 13, 2013
Thank You
I would like to thank Joe Kenneff and his staff. They have done an outstanding job of all my legal issues, quickly and professionally. Mr. Kenneff personally makes sure all your legal issues are taken care of by giving you sound mind and results with his friendly attorney/client counseling. I will be using Goodman & Kenneff for all my future legal needs.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Goodman & Kenneff, Attorneys-at-Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Lancaster County Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Judicial Clerk
  • The Honorable Margaret C. Miller
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Clerk
  • The Honorable Joseph C. Madenspacher
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Juniata College
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. G
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. Postles
  • Not Guilty


  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Memeber
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lancaster County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Top 10 Attorney
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Presidents Scholarship
  • Juniata College
  • 1999
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  • Lancaster Law Review
  • Lawrence v. Heisey
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (15)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a knowledgeable, aggressive advocate who works hard to get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Kenneff. Joe is a diligent, hard working attorney with an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe has a great reputation in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While I was clerking for a Judge in Lancaster Pennsylvania, I had the pleasure of working in the same community as Mr. Kenneff. He is a diligent attorney who always works for the best result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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