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Gene E.K. Pratter

Nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • Judge Gene Pratter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is a highly respected jurist who is widely praised by lawyers and fellow judges alike for her intellect, integrity and judicial temperament.
    • Judge Pratter has been nominated to the Third Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands.
  • Judge Pratter has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in private practice and as a district court judge.
    • In 2004, Judge Pratter was unanimously confirmed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she sits today.
      • Judge Pratter has earned praise for her handling of a number of complex civil and criminal cases.
      • She is widely respected by her colleagues and those who practice before her as a thoughtful and fair judge.
    • Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Pratter was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, one of the premiere law firms in Pennsylvania.
      • As the firm’s general counsel, Judge Pratter was responsible for professional responsibility and liability matters for over 500 lawyers in 22 offices worldwide.
      • Considered an expert in professional responsibility, Judge Pratter represented lawyers and other professionals in litigation, alternate dispute resolution and transactional negotiations.
      • Judge Pratter successfully argued cases in state and federal court, including the court to which she is nominated - the Third Circuit.
  • Judge Pratter has impeccable academic credentials and professional training.
    • She attended Stanford University and graduated with honors in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
    • In 1975, Judge Pratter received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Judge Pratter has been an active member of the community in both legal and non-legal capacities.
    • She has written extensively on professional responsibility and legal ethics and is a frequent speaker at bar and other professional association gatherings.
    • She served as the co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and is currently on the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
    • Judge Pratter has performed pro bono work for several Philadelphia charter schools and represented children in connection with custody disputes, child abuse cases, and other legal proceedings.