Judge Profile

Michael M. Baylson

Judicial Experience:

  • District Judge, U.S.District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Appointed (2002)


  • LLB, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1964
  • BS, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, 1961


  • Joanne Bryson, Courtroom/Criminal Courtroom Deputy (267) 299-7571
  • Lynn Meyer, Secretary/Civil Deputy (267) 299-7521


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? No.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Baylson allows a party desiring to file a reply brief, limited to 15 pages, in support of any motion to do so within seven days of service of the brief responding to the motion. Surreply briefs, however, are not accepted without leave of the Court.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Judge Baylson requires counsel to discuss the following topics among themselves prior to the Preliminary Pretrial Conference and to submit (by fax to chambers) a Conference Information Report which covers: jurisdictional defects, if any; prospects of settlement; schedules for remaining pretrial proceedings including discovery, dispositive motions, exchange of expert reports, pretrial memoranda, etc.; conduct of discovery; a possible date for entry of the case into the trial pool.

  • Can the court be contacted by fax? Yes

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? Letters allowded only for scheduling.