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Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno

United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Senior United States District Judge
Philadelphia, PA, USA


Judge Robreno received a B.A. in History from Westfield State University, an M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts, and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School at Camden, New Jersey, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review.   He was in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1981-1992.  At the time of his induction to the bench he was a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm.  From 1978-1981, he served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney from.

Throughout his nearly twenty five years judicial career, Judge Robreno has carried a full docket of civil and criminal cases.  He is the author of over 1800 judicial opinions.   Since 2008, Judge Robreno has presided over MDL-875 personal injury asbestos litigation, the largest multi-district litigation in the federal courts where he has been praised for resolving over 180,000 cases consisting of some 10 million claims.  During his judicial career, in addition to his assignment as a District Judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he has sat by designation with the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit and the District Courts in New Jersey, Delaware and Western District of Pennsylvania.  He is currently sitting by designation in the District of Delaware. In 1993, he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to serve a six year term on the Judicial Conference Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.  In 2013, he was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve a six year term as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Bankruptcy Administration. 

For the past 25 years, Judge Robreno has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School at Camden, New Jersey where he has taught courses in the Law of Democracy, Pre-Trial Advocacy, and Legal Ethics.  Since 2005, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova Law School where he teaches a course in Pretrial Civil Procedure.    He is also a regular presenter at continuing education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Philadelphia Bar Association and at national conferences on mass tort litigation.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a recipient of numerous awards.  He is the author of “Learning to do Justice: An Essay on the Development of the Lower Federal Courts in the Early Years of the Republic”, 29 Rutgers L.J. 3 (1998) and “The Federal Asbestos  Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation (MDL-875): Black Hole or New Paradigm? 23 Widener L.J. 97 (2013)

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