Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe
The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe has been a Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2002. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Rufe served as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Judge Rufe has been appointed to lead several Multi-District Litigations: Avandia; Zoloft; and Effexor product liability/sales and marketing, and most recently, In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation. Judge Rufe was a member of the State-Federal Multi-Jurisdiction Task Force, which published a manual, “Coordinating Multi-Jurisdiction Litigation, A Survival Guide for Judges,” which is posted on the JPMDL website. Judge Rufe also devotes many hours to civics education as co-chair of the Third Circuit Courts, Community and Rule of Law Committee. She has served as a visiting judge with the Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Rufe has recently completed her two-year term as President of the Federal Judges Association, a national voluntary organization of United States Judges appointed pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution. Judge Rufe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Education from Adelphi University, New York and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.