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Carolyn is a member of the Complex Litigation Group and is co-leader of the Business & Corporate Disputes team. She is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial and employment disputes. Carolyn was declared by American Lawyer Media to be one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in Pennsylvania and was described in that article as "one of the most feared civil defense lawyers, especially in employment law." She was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the most sought-after civil defense lawyers in Philadelphia.


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, 1980, J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame, 1977, B.A., English

  • Pennsylvania
  • Minnesota

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit

  • Served on the Merit Selection Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at the request of the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to serve on a seven-member committee to study police disciplinary practices
  • Appointed by Third Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Scirica to a three-year term as one of 15 members of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Circuit
  • 2008 Nominated by the President of the United States to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Serves as a judicial training expert for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Chief Judge Miles W. Lord, U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota

Awards & Recognition

  • Named Best of the Bar, The Top Legal Minds in Philadelphia, 2017, Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of Pennsylvania’s leading commercial litigation lawyers (2017-2016)
  • Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2005, 2008-2018
  • Elected a Member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Elected member of the American Law Institute, 2016
  • Named Business Woman of Distinction, 2016, Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2015
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2009
  • Received of the Lynette Norton Award – the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s most prestigious award to a woman lawyer who excels in litigation and has demonstrated leadership in mentoring female attorneys - 2006
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2003
  • Enjoys an AV rating, the highest rating given by the national legal publication, Martindale-Hubbell