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Bruce P. Merenstein, Partner

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1998

University of Massachusetts, M.S., University Fellowship recipient, 1988

Brandeis University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1985

London School of Economics, Certificate in Sociology/Economics, 1984


  • Pennsylvania

  • United States District Court for the: Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • United States Court of Appeals for the:

    • Third Circuit

    • Fourth Circuit

  • United States Supreme Court


  • Edward R. Becker, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1998-1999

Mr. Merenstein has a comprehensive litigation practice, ranging from first and second-chairing jury trials to handling state and federal court appeals to serving as court-appointed special master in many complex federal cases. 


He has extensive experience mediating difficult disputes and has been responsible for hundreds of appeals covering a wide variety of subject matters.  Mr. Merenstein was an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at Drexel University School of Law from 2007 through 2015. 


Before attending law school, Mr. Merenstein worked for almost a decade in labor relations.  He also has completed two intensive, week-long mediation courses at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, including an advanced workshop on mediating complex disputes.

  • Completed Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes course at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, 2019

  • Best Lawyers' Philadelphia Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year," 2017 and 2021

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Law, 2008-2023 and Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2021-2023

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • Recognized among 'Pennsylvania Super Lawyers' in the area of Appellate Law, 2009-2022

  • Completed Mediating Disputes course at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, 2014

  • Two time recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Acheivement, 2007 and 2009

  • Honors from HIAS & Council, a public-interest immigration advocacy organization, in recognition of outstanding pro bono work on an asylum case, 2005

  • Recognized among 'Pennsylvania Rising Stars' by Super Lawyers in the area of appellate law, 2005-2007

  • Online columnist for appellate issues for The Legal Intelligencer Blog, 2008-2012

  • Winner of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's prestigious Keedy Cup moot court competition, 1998

  • Graduation awards from the University of Pennsylvania Law School for best constitutional law paper, best civil procedure paper, and most significant contribution to the Law Review, 1998

  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Executive Editor, 1997-98; Associate Editor, 1996-97

Mr. Merenstein's appellate practice has included the preparation and editing of hundreds of briefs, supervision of other lawyers' brief drafting, and presentation of dozens of oral arguments in a wide variety of appeals in federal and state court.  His appellate representations have run the full gamut of civil and criminal matters, as well as regulatory, procedural, and jurisdictional issues.  He also has joined trial teams as appellate counsel, handling all motion briefing and argument in the trial court, developing the legal arguments to complement the trial team's presentation of the facts, and taking responsibility for such matters as issue preservation and proposed jury instructions.

Mr. Merenstein has extensive experience mediating discovery and other protracted disputes, primarily in his frequent role as a court-appointed special master.  He has helped resolve hundreds of discovery disputes in high-stakes and complex cases involving anti-trust, RICO, securities fraud, toxic tort, personal injury, and other claims.  He also has been called upon to mediate contentious attorneys' fee disputes and to oversee non-jury trials.

Mr. Merenstein's trial practice has included roles as lead counsel and co-lead counsel in civil and criminal matters at both jury and bench trials; second-chair responsibility in many additional jury and bench trials; and briefing and arguing numerous pre-trial and post-trial dispositive motions.

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow

  • American Law Institute, Elected Member

  • Academy of Court-Appointed Neutrals, Fellow

  • Philadelphia Bar Association; Appellate Courts Committee, co-chair (2016-2017); Federal Courts Committee, chair (2015), vice chair (2014); Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, investigator (2006-present)

  • Bar Association for the Third Federal Circuit, founding member

  • American Bar Association, member

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