Lecturer in Law
Joe Khan was appointed County Solicitor upon a unanimous and bipartisan vote of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners on January 6, 2020.
As County Solicitor, Mr. Khan is chief legal officer for the fourth largest county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Leading the Legal Services Division, he supervises, manages and provides oversight for county attorneys, outside counsel and other staff in the Law Department, Office of the Public Defender, Office of the Guardian Ad Litem, Department of Consumer Protection & Weights and Measures, and Open Records Office. As head of the recently revamped Law Department, he initiates all lawsuits brought by, and defends all lawsuits brought against, Bucks County and its subdivisions and employees. He and his team of new attorneys have successfully drafted innovative legislation, including Bucks County's False Claims and Responsible Contractor Ordinances, and policy reforms on issues such as Fair Chance and Equal Pay hiring, voter protection, and prison oversight.
Prior to his appointment as County Solicitor, Mr. Khan built an award-winning public interest law practice. He previously served for a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he resolved high stakes matters across southeastern Pennsylvania and led the historic City Hall corruption probes in Allentown and Reading. Since beginning his career prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, his work and commentary have been featured often in national and local media.
Mr. Khan has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2015. He has advised dozens of public officials and political candidates and now serves on Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He has led several nonprofit boards and is currently Board President of Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. Mr. Khan is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Swarthmore College and a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America.
Bucks County Solicitor
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America