Philadelphia, PA 215-843-6000    Marlton, NJ 856-817-6030

Benjamin L. Jerner

Benjamin L. Jerner

Managing Partner

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(215) 843-6023

Benjamin L. Jerner is the managing partner and a founder of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. He has practiced law in Philadelphia for 20 years, concentrating his practice on estate planning, probate and estate administration, adoption and legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Transgender Legal Issues, Adoption.

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court Third Circuit Court of Appeals Eastern District of Pennsylvania District Court of New Jersey Pennsylvania New Jersey


Juris Doctor cum laude, Temple University School of Law.


Jerner, Benjamin. “Culturally Competent Representation.” Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. Eds. Jennifer L. Levi & Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder. Bloomington: Authorhouse, 2012. 1-15. Print. Jerner, Benjamin. “Transgender Clients.” Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients in Pennsylvania.Ed. Kirby G. Upright. Mechanicsburg: PBI Press 2008; rev. ed. 2013. Print. Jerner, Benjamin. Legal Name & Gender Changes in Pennsylvania. Jerner & Palmer, P.C. 2012; rev. ed. 2015. Web. Stan A. Pelli & Benjamin L. Jerner. “Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples in Pennsylvania Following Windsor.” Estate Planning Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vol. XIV, No. 6, Fall 2013, at 1, 3-5. Stan A. Pelli & Benjamin L. Jerner. “The Changing Planning Landscape Post-Windsor.” Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, Winter 2013 – 2014, at 16-19.

Honors and Affiliations

Ben is a member of the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the National LGBT Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute. Ben has served on the boards of directors of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia and the National LGBT Bar Association. Ben served as lead counsel in the Pennsylvania same-sex marriage case In re: Burgi-Rios, for which the firm was recognized with the 2015 Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Leadership Award. Ben has presented for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Equality Forum, the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law, the Mazzoni Center’s Transhealth Conference, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson Medical College, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Advisory Council, the Pride Center of New Jersey and Philadelphia Family Pride.


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