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Kevin M. McKenna

Kevin M. McKenna

Managing Partner
Exton, Pennsylvania

Kevin M. McKenna has been practicing law for more than 30 years with an emphasis on Charter School Law for the last 20 years.  He is the Managing Shareholder of the Exton, Pennsylvania office of Latsha Davis & McKenna P.C. and is Chairman of the firm’s statewide education practice.

Kevin represents numerous schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and understands the unique needs of Charter Schools.  Kevin has experience in all phases of Charter School development and assists his clients in managing school operations, legal compliance, personnel issues and legislative and legal issues.  Kevin regularly counsels school administration and personnel advising them on day-to-day issues while monitoring legislative issues that can potentially impact the schools and their resources.

Under his guidance, Charter School clients have had continuing success in cases handled at the administrative level as well as hearings, trial, post-trial and appellate aspects of a wide variety of civil matter in both state and federal courts.  He has also provided legal representation to the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools for the last 15 years.  Mr. McKenna regularly speaks at educational forums across the country on topics such as ethics in law and the responsibilities of public school boards and has also served as an adjunct college professor.


Areas of Practice

  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance defense
  • Sports Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1987


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • Villanova University
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • Wetzel, D., McKenna, K. M. and Perskie J. " Friends in High Places: Is the System of Justice Fair? To Avoid the NCAA's Wrath, Colleges Have Learned a Little Secret"
  • Brock, S. F., McKenna, K. M. and Traban, R. "Drug Testing College Athletes: NCAA: Does Thy Cup Runneth Over?" West Virginia Law Review, Volume 97, Issue 1, Fall 1994.
  • McKenna, K. M. "Courts Leave Legislatures to Decide the Fate of the NCAA in Providing Due Process" Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law, Volume 2, Number 1, 1992.
  • McKenna, K. M., DiGiuseppe, J. "Policing Sports Agents: The First Four Years"
  • McKenna, K. M. "The Tarkanian Decision: The State of College Athletics is Everything But State Action" DePaul University of Law Review, Volume 40, Number 2, Winter 1991
  • Brock, S. F., McKenna, K. M. "Drug Testing in Sports" Dickenson Law Review, Volume 92, Number 3, Spring 1988.
  • McKenna, K. M. "A Proposition with a Powerful Punch: The Legality and Constitutionality of NCAA Proposition 48" Duquesne Law Review, Volume 26, Issue 1, Fall 1987.
  • McKenna, K. M. "Age Limitations and the NCAA: Discrimination of Equating Competition?" St. Louis University Law Journal, Volume 31, Number 2, Spring 1987.


  • Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. is hosting a seminar titled “How to Start a Charter School” –PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools - February 27, 2014
  • AERA 2014 Annual Meeting Submission Notification-Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. and Nicole D. Snyder, Esq. - "Chartering New Territory: Cyber Schools, Charters Schools and Virtual Special Education: Pitfalls, Obstacles, Dilemmas and Solutions," April 3 – April 6 Philadelphia, PA
  • Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools 8th Annual State Conference – Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. and Nicole D. Snyder, Esq. – October 16–17, 2014
  • iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium – Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. and
  • ELA Annual Conference – Kevin M. McKenna, Esq. and Nicole D. Snyder, Esq. – November 12-15, 2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Penn State University, 2008 - 2009
  • Various Educational Topics, Education Law Association, 2009 - Present
  • Foundations, Inc. Beyond School Hours Annual Conference – 2004, 2005, 2008, "Avoiding Liability in After School Care" and "Municipal Bonds Financing"
  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools – 2002-2012 – Legal Update
  • PBI Non-Profit Institute, 2008
  • Penn State Law & Education Summit – 2007, 2008
  • Education Law Association – National Conference – 2009-2011 - "Search & Seizure in Cyber Charter Schools – Can You Discipline If You Can't Search"; "Remote Access of Student Laptop Computers" ;"Are School Administrators Aware of Their State's Ethics Act, and Other Applicable Statutes Governing Them, and, if so, Does It Make a Difference?"
  • New Jersey Charter Schools Association Annual Conference – 2012 – "Maintaining Compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act"
  • Board Training, Various Charter Schools –Boards of Trustees, Administration, Professional Staff (Topics include: Charter School Law, Board Member Responsibilities, Ethics Act, NCLB, Employment, etc.)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • Education Law Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Educational Research Association, Member
  • iNACOL, Member, October 1, 2012 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • City Solicitor's Office, City of Philadelphia, Chief Deputy Asst. City Solicitor, 1987 - 1989

Ancillary Businesses

  • Registered Lobbyist - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Expert witness in sports law

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