President Judge Emerita Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter




  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., Managing Editor Law Review, 1971
  • Rice University, B.A., 1968

Professional Experience

  • President Judge of Commonwealth Court, 2007-2012
  • Judge, Court of Judicial Discipline, 1999-2003
  • Appointed a judge of the Commonwealth Court, 1996; elected to a full term, 1997; retained 2007
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, 1991-96
  • Shareholder, Fineman & Bach, P.C., 1990-96
  • Counsel, Mutual Fire Marine & Inland Insurance Company, In Rehabilitation, 1989-90
  • Partner, Leadbetter & Becker, 1981-89
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976-81
  • Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia County, 1971-76

Memberships and Associations

  • Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Director
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Widener Law and Government Institute, Board of Visitors
  • J. Willard O'Brien American Inns of Court, Master