Judge Profile

David F. Bortner

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Chester County Court of Common Pleas, Elected, 2007 to 2017


  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1977
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1974

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • Suzanne Nelson, Judicial Secretary (610) 344-4441
  • Angela M. Weaver, Law Clerk (610) 344-6603


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Bortner shares a common standard operating procedure with Judges MacElree, Sarcione, Hall, Nagle, Gavin, Riley and Mahon.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? See Standard Operating Procedure.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? See Standard Operating Procedure.