52nd Commissioned Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
The Honorable ARTHUR J. SCHWAB was born in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1946. Judge Schwab was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 24, 2002; confirmed by the United States Senate on September 13, 2002; and sworn-in to office on January 1, 2003.
He graduated from North Hills High School in 1964 and Grove City College in 1968 (A.B. cum laude), and was awarded a J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1972. He was on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and Order of the Coif. Thereafter, he clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1972-1973 term).
He worked at Reed Smith LLP from 1973 to 1990 serving as the Deputy Head of the Litigation Group and the founding Chair of its TECHLEX (technology law) Group. He joined Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation in the Fall of 1990 as Chair of Litigation (1990-1999) and then as Chief Counsel - Complex Litigation (2000 to 2002).
During his thirty (30) years in private practice, he established a nation-wide litigation practice. He worked in the areas of trade secrets, confidential information, employment agreements (covenants-not-to-compete and confidentiality agreements), software copyright infringement, trademark, unfair competition and diversion of corporate opportunities.
As part of his national litigation practice, Mr. Schwab was a frequent speaker at numerous seminars and conferences relating to trial strategies, damages, litigation ethics, evidence, transfer of technology, law and technology, trade secrets and employment agreements. He was quoted in numerous national and regional printed media and published several articles.
He is past Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; past President of the American Inns of Court Pittsburgh Chapter; past member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County; and past Chair of the Council of the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
He is listed in the 2003-2004, 10th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for both business litigation and intellectual property law. He serves on the faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College of the University of Virginia School of Law and taught an Intellectual Property course at Grove City College from 2002-2014.
He co-authored Chapter 1, "Introduction to Federal Practice," Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial -- 3rd Circuit, American Inns of Court Series, Federal Practice Guide, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company (1996).
He is the Chair of the Joint Information Technology Committee, and past Chair of the Court's Case Management/Electronic Case Files Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He also serves on the Security and Safety Committee, Court Reporters’ Committee, and Patent Pilot Task Force.
Judge Schwab received the Conflict Resolution Day Award from the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania on October 18, 2012, due to his leadership and support of the Court’s ADR Program. He also received an Honorary Membership from the Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, on November 6, 2013, in recognition of his judicial accomplishments.
Practices and Procedures 1/11/2017Case Management Order