Judge Profile

Harvey Bartle III

Judicial Experience:

  • U.S. Chief District Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Appointed to Lifetime

Other Professional Experience:

  • Associate, Partner, Dechert, Price & Rhoads, 1967 to 1979
  • Partner, Dechert, Price & Rhoads, 1981-1991


  • LLB, University of Pennsylvania, 1965
  • BA, Princeton University, 1962

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association


  • Shelby Schwartz, Law Clerk
  • Catherine Hamilton, Law Clerk
  • Ian Long, Law Clerk
  • Katherine Gallagher, Courtroom Deputy (267) 299-7389
  • Frances Porreca, Secretary


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Bartle expects counsel to be punctual for all conferences, hearings, and trials. He also expects counsel at all times to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel. In all courtroom proceedings, Judge Bartle expects counsel to stand when addressing the Court. Counsel may remain seated, However, however, when examining witnesses, and approach the witnesses with permission of the Court.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? The originals of all motions and briefs shall be filed with the Clerk, with a courtesy copy delivered to Judge Bartle’s chambers. A reply brief, addressing arguments raised in the brief in opposition to the motion, may be filed and served by the moving party within seven days after service of the brief in opposition to the motion unless the Court sets a different schedule. The Court will not necessarily delay its decision while awaiting a reply brief. No brief in opposition shall exceed 25 pages and no reply brief shall exceed 15 pages. Every factual assertion in a brief shall be supported by a citation to the record where that fact may be found. Both legal citations and citations to the record shall include pinpoint cites.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Bartle expects counsel to bring matters to his attention only after they have been discussed opposing counsel.

  • Can the court be contacted by fax? Yes

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? In emergency situations only