Joseph Schwerha

Visiting Fellow


Joseph J. Schwerha IV, M.S., J.D. was admitted to practice law in 1994. He clerked for the Honorable Gustave Diamond in the Western District of Pennsylvania and practiced with two different law firms before becoming a prosecutor. As a prosecutor for over eight years, he handled hundreds of cases successfully, concentrating in those involving cybercrime and/or digital evidence, as well as serving as a resource both domestically and abroad for a variety of government agencies and judicial authorities with regard to cybercrime and digital evidence. During this time he opened his law practice and operated digital forensics and e-discovery consultancy. In 2005, he was named as an Associate Professor within the Business & Economics Department as California University of Pennsylvania. There, he instructs on all aspects of business law, especially as they relate to the areas of privacy, cybercrime and information law. In 2014, he also began to serve as the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at California University of Pennsylvania, helping foster the entrepreneurial spirit on campus. Professor Schwerha also has direct experience as an entrepreneur himself, having started and operated several enterprises.

Professor Schwerha holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as both a B.S. and a M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has written books, book chapters, made several dozen professional presentations and published over fifty articles both domestically and internationally.