On-Demand Video

Civil Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2022

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  • Start Date:2022-04-06 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-04-06 20:00:00
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  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Litigation

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Whether you’re a junior or senior lawyer, local or out-of-state, join us and learn how to level the playing field in the Eastern District!

Knowing your judge and the judge’s preferences can give you—and your client—an advantage in the courtroom. This course will provide valuable insights to effectively navigating the Eastern District Court—from knowing what to expect and what is required of you (from pre-filing through trial), as well as the logistics of filing and today’s courtroom technology. 

You’ll receive practice pointers on the key pretrial and trial requirements, including pre-complaint investigations and initial pleadings; scheduling; traditional and electronic discovery; handling of witnesses and evidence; and how magistrate judges can assist you in securing favorable settlements.   

All attendees will receive a downloadable copy of The Eastern District Manual, 4th Edition.

Recorded in April 2022.


Meredith Auten Esq.

Ms. Auten is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Morgan Lewis’s Litigation Practice. She concentrates her practice on white collar litigation. She also handles related civil litigation, including False Claims Act actions. Ms. Auten has defended federal and state criminal and civil cases involving allegations of healthcare fraud, procurement fraud, theft of trade secrets/intellectual property violations, antitrust violations, environmental violations, tax fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, telemarketing fraud, and other various business frauds. Her practice also includes defending complex government investigations. Ms. Auten also has experience conducting internal investigations and regularly counsels clients on the development and oversight of compliance and ethics programs, with a particular focus in the healthcare field. Ms. Auten earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in history and French from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), AHLA, and HCCA. Ms. Auten is the Co-Chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Committee, Young Lawyers Division.

Cynthia Rufe

Judge 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.

John Younge

Judge Younge, a native Philadelphian, is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2019. Judge Younge received his Bachelor of Science in 1977 from Boston University, his Juris Doctor in 1981 from Howard University School of Law, and a Master of Judicial Studies in 2011 from the University of Nevada, Reno. He began his legal career as a solo practitioner in Philadelphia from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 to 1995, Judge Younge worked at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, serving as deputy executive director and subsequently as general counsel from 1991 to 1995. From 1996–2019, he was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial Circuit of Pennsylvania, where he presided over both criminal and civil cases.Judge Younge resides in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Joy May Brown-Younge.

John Gallagher

Judge Gallagher is a U.S. District Court Judge sitting in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for close to 20 years, primarily in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he was the Chief of the Allentown branch office. Judge Gallagher started his career as a police officer in the New York City Police Department, where he served in the 28th Precinct in Central Harlem. Judge Gallagher graduated from New York Law School and was later appointed to a White House Fellow Fellowship.

Edward Smith

Judge Smith is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was nominated on August 1, 2013, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 26, 2014, and received his commission on March 31, 2014. Judge Smith is designated to sit in the Federal Courthouse in Easton. He is a member of the court’s Civil Business Committee, Attorney Discipline Committee, and Information Technology Committee. Prior to his federal appointment, Judge Smith served for 12 years as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County. In addition to presiding over criminal and civil trials, Judge Smith was the presiding judge of the asbestos docket and supervising judge of the Grand Jury. Judge Smith is also a retired Navy Captain and a 30-year veteran of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Judge Smith served as a military trial judge assigned to the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary and as an appellate judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. He also served as Commanding Officer of two reserve units and as a reserve instructor in international and operational law at the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island. In 2007, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service.

Colin O’Boyle Esq.

Colin J. O’Boyle is a shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf, P.C.’s Blue Bell office. His practice includes trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations, focusing primarily on commercial litigation, health law, and employment discrimination.  He has been involved in litigation across the country, including claims involving healthcare provider disputes, ERISA claims, civil rights claims, employment discrimination claims, and contract and other complex commercial disputes.  He was named to the Pennsylvania’s “Rising Stars” List from 2010 through 2017 and to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List in 2021 and 2022. Colin is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. Colin is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  He served as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division from 2020-21 and on the Board of Governors from 2019-2022.  He is also a member of the PBA House of Delegates and is active in several committees. Colin is also an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Association and a member of its Board of Directors.  He also continues to serve as the co-chair of the MBA’s Rules of Civil Court Committee and has held, or still holds, other leadership positions within Association’s committees and sections. Colin is the Vice President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation and also a Fellow of the Foundation. Colin is a 2007 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law.  While at Villanova, he received the 2007 David E. Worby scholarship, which recognizes one third year law student for outstanding achievements in oral advocacy.  He was a two-year member of the Moot Court Board and served as the Judicial Liaison to its Executive Board.  He was a semi-finalist in the 46th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court competition.  Prior to law school, Colin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts honors program with a dual degree in History and Philosophy.

Riley Ross III, Esq.

Riley H. Ross III is a Partner at Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC. He has extensive experience in the areas of civil rights litigation, federal criminal law, white-collar criminal defense, Title IX litigation, employment discrimination and general civil litigation. Mr. Ross is an experienced trial lawyer having tried numerous cases in his previous positions as the owner of Ross Legal Practice, LLC; as an attorney with litigation powerhouses Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Drinker Biddle & Reath, and Tucker Law Group in Philadelphia; and as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Ross is the 2023 recipient of The Honorable William F. Hall Award, presented by The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. and the 2021 recipient of the Champion Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil and Equal Rights Committee to an individual who champions for civil rights for all Pennsylvanians. Mr. Ross has been named a “2009 Lawyer on The Fast Track,” a “2010 Pennsylvania Rising Star,” and a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® each year since 2014. Mr. Ross is an active member of the national, state and local legal communities. Mr. Ross is a member and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Ross was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ross is also an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Commission. Mr. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Defenders Association of Philadelphia (Secretary); American Civil Liberties Union – Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA, Vice President); No Longer Bound; and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Mr. Ross is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association by serving as a member of the House of Delegates; and as a member of Civil and Equal Rights Committee, the Minority Bar Committee and the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Mr. Ross is also a member of the Villanova Law Inn of Courts. Mr. Ross is also licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Ross received a B.S. in Psychology from Longwood College, a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. After law school, Mr. Ross clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Pamela Carlos

Judge Carlos was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in November 2021 where she conducts preliminary criminal proceedings, habeas corpus reports and recommendations and social security appeals. She also handles pretrial civil motions, settlement conferences and civil consent trials. Prior to her appointment she was lead trial and supervising counsel for civil litigation matters at Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg, LLC and former Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of their Executive Committee. Prior to joining Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg, LLC in January of 1993, Judge Carlos worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office in the Major Jury Trial Division, where she tried numerous criminal matters to verdict. She received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1989, where she was also a member of the school’s Moot Court Team and her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1986.

Thomas Wilkinson Jr., Esq.

Mr. Wilkinson is a member of Cozen O’Connor in its Philadelphia office, where he concentrates his practice in commercial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts and in lawyer professional responsibility and liability matters. He is also a leader of the firm’s Legal Profession Services practice group. He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) and Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). He is a former PBA Zone Governor, a member of the PBA House of Delegates, and is active in various other PBA and Philadelphia Bar Association committees and sections. Mr. Wilkinson is a past Chair of the PBA Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, and is a past Chair of the Civil Litigation Section. He is a Co-Chair of the PBA Civility in the Profession Committee. Mr. Wilkinson is the co-editor of the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook (5th ed. 2017-PBI Press) and has for many years edited ethics opinion summaries for publication in The Pennsylvania Lawyer. He was a Lecturer in Law on professional responsibility at Villanova Law School and has written and presented extensively on various civil litigation and professional responsibility topics. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA) and previously served as the Pennsylvania State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He is active in the ABA Section of Litigation and its Ethics and Professionalism Committee. He has served as a member and Board liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the Profession, Public Service and Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL). He also has served in various leadership capacities with the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court. He is frequently retained as counsel to lawyers and law firms on risk management and disciplinary matters and as an expert witness in lawyer professional liability actions. He is a contributing author for the book entitled The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Life and Law in the Commonwealth 1684-2017. Mr. Wilkinson is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and various other federal courts. He received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Law Review, and thereafter served as a law clerk in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen Wilkinson, Esq.

Philadelphia lawyer Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, was the 2021-22 president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Wilkinson was the 2020-21 president-elect. From April 27 to May 20, 2021, she served as president due to the resignation of the previous president. Her recent efforts to support the organized bar have focused on issues related to attorney wellness and wellbeing in the legal profession as well as issues dealing with the ongoing pandemic. She served on the PBA COVID-19 Task Force that provided timely information to assist lawyers in their practices during the pandemic. She was a member of the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services that issued a comprehensive report offering recommendations such as technology enhancements so that citizens have access to justice during the current pandemic and future emergencies. Ms. Wilkinson is the current co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession. She also is a PBA appointed delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and has served as an ABA delegate for many years. Ms. Wilkinson has represented Philadelphia lawyers on the PBA Board of Governors. She has served in the PBA House of Delegates and has been a member of numerous PBA committees and sections. She is the chair of educational programs for the Federal Practice Committee Executive Council, past co-vice chair of the PBA Planning Committee, a co-chair and past co-vice chair of the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee, past co-chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession Quality of Life Committee, past co-chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession and past chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section. Ms. Wilkinson is a member of other committees, including the Bylaws, Membership Development and Minority Bar committees. She was chair of the PBA Membership Engagement Blue Ribbon Panel on Millennials, Mothers and Minorities. In addition, Ms. Wilkinson served on the board of directors for PBI (Pennsylvania Bar Institute) and was a zone one director for the PABAR-PAC, the PBA’s political action committee, and co-chair of the 2007 PBA Midyear Meeting. She is a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the PBA, and previously served as the foundation’s zone one director. In 2013, Ms. Wilkinson served as the 86th chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, only the sixth woman to serve in that position in the association’s history. She has filled a variety of leadership roles in the Philadelphia Bar Association since 1998 when she co-chaired the association’s Women in the Profession Committee, and later when she chaired the State Civil Litigation Section in 2005, for which she was one of the founding members in 2004. She was the bar association’s secretary, vice chancellor, chancellor-elect and a member of the bar association’s cabinet. She served on the Board of Governors for a total of 16 years. Ms. Wilkinson was the 2019 chair of the Federal Courts Committee. Ms. Wilkinson received the 2023 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit. Ms. Wilkinson was named by named on the Power 100 2022 List of Pennsylvania attorneys by City & State PA, and as a “Power Woman,” and received an award from Main Line Magazine in 2021. Ms. Wilkinson is the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2019 Sandra Day O’Connor Award, which is presented to a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. In 2019, Ms. Wilkinson received the C. Dale McClain Quality of Life/Balance Award, an annual award presented by the PBA Quality of Life Balance Committee that recognizes the substantial contributions made by Pennsylvania attorneys in identifying issues relevant to balancing the professional and personal lives of their peers, as well as the progress made in assisting attorneys in maintaining and improving their overall quality of life. She received the Gilbert Nurick Award from the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders in 2014 for outstanding service to local bar associations. She was the recipient of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Anne X. Alpern Award in 2008 for her demonstrated leadership in the legal profession and professional impact on women in the law. The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly named her “Woman of the Year” in 2007-2008. Ms. Wilkinson has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for many years. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Kean University, which named her “Alumni of the Year” in 2010. She received her juris doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law. In 2013, the Villanova Law Alumni Association named her the recipient of the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for service to the law school. She is also a member of the Alumni Association Board of Advisors of the law school. Ms. Wilkinson was a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a division of the ABA, from 2013 to 2016, and remains an active member of the NCBP Program and Diversity Committees. Wilkinson served on the boards of directors for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) and Philadelphia Defender Association. She served on the board of the Forum of Executive Women from July 2014 until June 2016 and was the program chair. She has served on other boards in the community. Ms. Wilkinson is a member of the Chester County Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association (honorary) and the Montgomery Bar Association. She has been a board member, secretary, and most recently vice-president of programs for the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel in 2020-2021, which presented her with the William J. O’Brien Award for achievements in legal advocacy and improvements in the legal profession in 2016. She is a founding member of Villanova University’s School of Law J. Willard O’Brien Inn of Court, was its first woman president in 2004 and serves as an Honorary Member of the Inn. Ms. Wilkinson received the Inn’s J. Clayton Undercofler III Award for exemplary leadership, integrity and dedication to the rule of law in 2013. Ms. Wilkinson is also a member of the Villanova Law School Alumni Board. A civil litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Wilkinson is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, defends complex cases involving employment, professional liability, construction, products, toxic tort, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She also serves as a judge pro tem and special master in state and federal court. Ms. Wilkinson has been a member of Wilson Elser’s Women Attorneys Valued and Empowered (WAVE) initiative that focuses on advancement and well-being of women in the profession.

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