Joseph V. Del Raso

Partner | Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Joseph V. Del Raso is a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Mr. Del Raso leads the firm’s Investment Management Practice Group and is chair of the firm’s Italian Desk and a practice leader for mutual funds of the firm’s Funds Services Practice Group. He is a past member of Pepper’s Executive Committee and currently serves as a director of Freeh Group International Solutions.

Mr. Del Raso started his legal career as an attorney/adviser in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management. He lectures frequently about investment company regulation and has appeared several times in Europe as a lecturer or moderator of legal programs regarding the offshore development and marketing of investment company products. He is the founding co-editor-in-chief of the Villanova Journal of Law and Investment Management.

Mr. Del Raso is chair emeritus of the board of trustees for the American University of Rome.  He has been a member of the board of directors of The Justinian Foundation since 1996.  He is also chairman of the board of the National Italian American Foundation, and is formerly NIAF’s President, Executive Vice President and General Counsel.  He has served on NIAF’s board of directors since 1988.  Mr. Del Raso is chair emeritus of the board of consultors of the Villanova School of Law.  He is treasurer of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and has been active on its board of directors since 2003.

Mr. Del Raso has received numberous honors in his distinguished career.  He received the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for Service in May 2015 from the Villanova University School of Law.  He was honored by Il Circolo at its Palm Beach Gala in March 2014.  He received the Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica (July 2015) and was conferred the Order of Merit, honorary knighthood, by the Republic of Italy (June 2005).  And, Mr. Del Raso received the undergraduate Alumni Association Award for Service from Villanova University in 1984.