Hon. Joy Flowers Conti

Judge Conti is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Judge Conti currently is a judicial advisor and a member of the steering committee for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices. Judge Conti was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and is the former Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. She served as the Chair of the Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2003 to September 2010. She received the American Inns of Court 2009 Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit. Prior to her appointment, she was a shareholder with the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll, Professional Corporation, now Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney ("Buchanan"), and prior to joining Buchanan she was a partner with Kirkpatrick, Lockhart, Johnson & Hutchison, now known as K&L Gates LLP. Judge Conti was a Professor of Law at Duquesne University and taught courses on civil procedure, corporations, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy. She is a frequent lecturer on electronic discovery matters. Judge Conti is a former President of the Allegheny County Bar Association (1993), is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law, and while practicing law was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. She is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. She was the President of the Third Circuit Historical Society. Judge Conti is a summa cum laude graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Duquesne Law Review.