Hon. Joy Flowers Conti
US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Judge Conti is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 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 also authored several articles and chapters in treatises dealing with bankruptcy and corporate law and was a frequent lecturer at seminars on those 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 also was Governor-at-Large of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (“PBA”), was the Chair of the PBA’s Business Law Section, and received the PBA’s 1995 Anne X. Alpern Award which annually recognizes one outstanding woman lawyer. She was also 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. Judge Conti is the Chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. She is a member of the Bankruptcy Forms Modernization Project. 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 and is currently the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Judge Conti is Chair of the U.S. Probation’s Job Development & Educational Services Advisory Committee. She also received the American Inns of Court 2009 Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit.