Judge Profile

Mark I. Bernstein

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, Appointed and Elected, 1987 to 2018

Other Professional Experience:

  • Associate, Martin Heller, P.C., 1976 to 1980
  • Assistant Public Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia, 1974 to 1976
  • Partner, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C., 1980-1987


  • JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • BA, St. John's College, 1969

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Temple American Inn of Court
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Conference of Business Court Judges
  • American Bar Association, Judicial Division
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges


  • Edward Butkovitz, Law Clerk
  • Charles Tasco, Tipstaff
  • Maryann Mascitelli, Judicial Secretary (215) 686-7336


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Bernstein requires that all questions be clearly phrased as questions, witnesses refrain from answering until the question has been finished, and counsel only approaches a witness with permission. Judge Bernstein requires that objections be stated on a legal basis only, and that counsel refrain from interrupting each other.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Bernstein follows local rules in regards to motions practice.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Bernstein enforces case management orders.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Bernstein allows sidebar conferences.

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? Court accpets filings in accordance with the Rules.