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Bruce P. Merenstein

T 215-751-2249
    Mr. Merenstein, vice chair of the Firm's Litigation Department, has a comprehensive litigation practice ranging from first and second-chairing jury trials to handling state and federal court appeals to serving as court-appointed special master in complex, multidistrict federal litigation. He has extensive experience mediating difficult disputes and has been responsible for dozens of appeals covering a wide variety of subject matters. Mr. Merenstein has been an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at Drexel University School of Law since 2007 and served as the chair of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee from 2010 to 2015. Before attending law school, Mr. Merenstein obtained a Master's Degree and worked for almost a decade in the labor relations field.


    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1998
    • University of Massachusetts, M.S., University Fellowship recipient, 1988
    • Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1985
    • London School of Economics, Certificate in Sociology/Economics, 1984

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1998


    • Edward R. Becker, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1998-1999

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, member; Gavel Awards Screening Committee, member
    • American Law Institute, member
    • Bar Association for the Third Federal Circuit, member
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, member; Appellate Advocacy Committee, member
    • Philadelphia Bar Association; Appellate Courts Committee, co-chair (2016); Federal Courts Committee, chair (2015), vice chair (2014); Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, investigator

    Other Distinctions

    • Best Lawyers’ 2017 Philadelphia Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for appellate law, 2008-2017
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Recognized as a 'Pennsylvania Super Lawyer' in the area of appellate law, 2009-2016
    • Completed Mediating Disputes course at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, 2014
    • Two time recipient of a Burton Award for Legal Achievement, in 2007 for co-authoring "Interim Issues Requiring Appellate Review — Pennsylvania's Collateral Order Doctrine," and again in 2009 for co-authoring "Charities and the Orphans' Court"
    • Recipient, Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 2008
    • Honors from HIAS & Council, a public-interest immigration advocacy organization, in recognition of outstanding pro bono work on an asylum case, 2005
    • Recognized among 'Pennsylvania Rising Stars' by Super Lawyers in the area of appellate law, 2005-2007 
    • Winner of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's prestigious Keedy Cup moot court competition, 1998
    • Graduation awards from the University of Pennsylvania Law School for best constitutional law paper, best civil procedure paper, and most significant contribution to the Law Review, 1998
    • Online columnist for appellate issues for The Legal Intelligencer Blog, 2008-2012