Hon. Joy Flowers Conti

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Judge Conti is a Senior District Judge.  She served as the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2013 until December 2018.  She has authored articles on e-discovery and is a frequent lecturer at seminars on patent law, e-discovery and cybersecurity.  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 a former Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System.  She received the American Inns of Court 2009 Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit and the 2016 W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Business Law Section.  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 an equity partner with Kirkpatrick, Lockhart, Johnson & Hutchison, now known as K&L Gates LLP.  Judge Conti was a tenured Professor of Law at Duquesne University and taught courses on civil procedure, corporations, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy.