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  • 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

  • Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit, member (appointed by Chief Judge, 2017-present)

  • American Bar Association, 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-present); 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, 2008-2018
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recognized as a 'Pennsylvania Super Lawyer' in the area of Appellate Law, 2009-2017
  • 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 
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Executive Editor, 1997-98; Associate Editor, 1996-97
  • 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