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Nancy Winkelman

T 215-751-2342
    Nancy has concentrated her practice in federal and state appellate litigation for over 25 years at Schnader, and has handled cases in a variety of substantive areas and before numerous appellate courts, including presenting argument before the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to briefing and arguing appeals, Nancy regularly is engaged to serve as appellate counsel at pre-trial or trial stages of litigation. She also has an extensive appellate consulting practice. Nancy is former co-chair of both Schnader's Litigation Services Department and of its Appellate Practice Group.

    Nancy is President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is the co-founder and first President of the Third Circuit Bar Association. She has lectured widely on appellate practice, and taught appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for ten years. Nancy has been recognized annually in The Best Lawyers in America in appellate law since 2006, Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in appellate law, and as one of Benchmark's nationwide "Top 250 Women in Litigation," one of only nine women in Pennsylvania selected for this honor. She has been a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" in appellate law since 2004 and one of the "Top 50 Female Super Lawyers" in Pennsylvania every year since 2005.


    • Western New England School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude,
      (graduated first in class)
      , 1987
    • Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

    Bar Admissions

    • New Jersey, 1991
    • Pennsylvania, 1987


    • Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1987-1988

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, President, 2016; Fellow, 2004-present (ninth lawyer and first woman to be selected from the Third Circuit); Elected Member of Board of Directors, 2008-present  
    • The American Law Institute, Elected Member, 2009-present
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy, 2003-2008; 2009-2012
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court, Master, 2013-present
    • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, Advisory Board, member, 2007-present
    • Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, Co-founder, President and Board Member, 2007-2010
    • Judicial Council of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, appointed by Chief Judge of Third Circuit to Lawyers Advisory Committee, Member, 1997-2000
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Co-Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee, 2007-2008; Co-Chair, Appellate Courts Committee, 1999-2002; Investigator, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, 1998-present
    • Defense Research Institute (DRI), member, 2007-present; Vice Chair of Appellate Advocacy Seminar, 2009

    Other Distinctions

    • Listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America for appellate law, 2006-2017
    • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" for Pennsylvania in Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2016 and Benchmark Appellate, 2012-2013
    • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation," 2012-2016 (nationwide, and one of nine attorneys in Pennsylvania to be selected)
    • Named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for appellate law from 2004-2016; one of the top 50 female attorneys in Pennsylvania for 2005-2016; Top 100 2014 
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Named to the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, 2011
    • Recipient of the Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 2006
    • Honors, including the first-ever Passionately Pro Bono Award from HIAS & Council, an immigration and asylum public-interest agency, in recognition of outstanding pro bono work on an asylum case, 2005
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award, recognizing excellence in providing pro bono legal services, 2005
    • The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, presented to the 20 best legal writers in the top 500 largest law firms in the United States, 2004
    • Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2001
    • John Minor Wisdom Public Interest and Professionalism Award, American Bar Association, 2000
    • Recipient of the Women of Distinction of Haddonfield Award, presented by Mayor, Haddonfield, NJ