Joseph T. Stapleton
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7226
F: 215-731-3618

Cherry Hill Office

457 Haddonfield Road
Suite 600
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

P: 856-488-7700
F: 856-488-7720


Joseph T. Stapleton’s practice includes general corporate and finance matters, as well as copyright and trademark matters, and other intellectual property law issues. He is regularly involved in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, software licenses, software development contracts, research and development agreements and consulting contracts. He co-chairs the firm’s Technology Practice Group and General Business Practice Group. He is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono, Professional Responsibility and Audit Committees.

Before joining the Firm in 1983, Joe served a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Donald W. Van Artsdalen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements


Community Involvement

  • Director and officer of Independence Mission Schools, a first of its kind network of Catholic schools serving the underserved of all faiths
  • Advisory Councilmember of St. Martin de Porres School
  • Member of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Corporate Council
  • Long-time volunteer at The¬†Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Director of St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children
  • Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Polar Plunger
  • Outreach Committee member at St. Thomas’ Whitemarsh
  • Former member of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission
  • Former director and officer of the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness

Honors & Awards

  • Received the Volunteer of the Year Award from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2018
  • Received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Independence Mission Schools, 2015
  • Received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice and Peace Memorial Award from the Wissahickon Faith Community Association, 2013

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Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Academic Achievements

Joe earned a B.A. degree in English from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. in 1977. He received a J.D. degree in 1981 from Villanova University School of Law, where he served as a Case and Comment Editor for the Villanova Law Review.