Hon. Joy Flowers Conti

Chief U.S. District Judge, W.D. Pa., Pittsburgh, PA

Judge Conti is the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment, she was a shareholder with the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC, now known as Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney. Previously, 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 has 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 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 serving as a Judicial Advisor for The Sedona Conference’s Working Group 9 on Patent Damages and Remedies (WG9) and Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices (WG10) Steering Committee, and is a frequent lecturer on e-discovery and patent matters.