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Hon. Joy Flowers Conti

United States District Court Judge Western District of Pennsylvania

Current Position

U.S. District Court
5250 U.S. Post Office & Courthouse
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Tel: 412-208-7330
Fax: 412-208-7337

Class: VI (1995)Circuit: Third


Duquesne University, B.A. (1970); J.D., summa cum laude (1973)
Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of the U.S. (1993); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1976); U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (1973); Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (1973)

Professional Career

Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll (1996-02)
Associate (1974-76; 82); Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (1983-96)
Professor of Law, Duquesne School of Law (1976-82)
Law Clerk, Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1973-74)


National Association of Women Judges (2004-)
Federal Judges Association (2003-)
American Bar Association, Judicial Section; Member, House of Delegates (1991-97)
American Bar Foundation, Past Chair, Pennsylvania Fellows
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Governor; Former Chair, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
Federal Bar Association
American Law Institute
International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Tri-State Network, Past Chair
Historical Society of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Past President


"Fraudulent Transfers - Defenses," Fraudulent Transfers in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 1995 (course outline)
"Automatic Stay & Section 105 Injunctions," Chapter 11 Theory and Practice: A Guide to Reorganization, LRP Publications 1994; Supp. 1998
"Representing Secured Creditors: Consequences of an Ailing Business Filing for Bankruptcy Protection," Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcy: Preserving your Clients Interests, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (course outline) (1994)
"Claims Trafficking in Chapter 11," 9 Bankr. Dev. Journal 281 1992
"Statutory Close Corporations," Pa. Bus. Corp. Prac., Pennsylvania Bar Institute 1991


Listed in Best Lawyers in America (prior to appointment to federal bench)
Listed in Who's Who in American Law
Listed in Who's Who in America
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Anne X. Alpern Award, Outstanding Woman Lawyer (1985)
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Tribute to Women Award
Duquesne University School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award (2002)
Pennsylvania Legal Services, Outstanding Leadership Award in Support of Legal Services (2002)
American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit (2009)