Hon. Edward (Pete) G. Biester, Jr., (Ret)

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Hon. Edward G. (Pete) Biester, Jr., (Ret) has spent a lifetime in public service, having worked in all three branches of government during his 40-year career. For the past 26 years, he has served as a distinguished member of the judiciary as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; as Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1979-1980); and as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1967-1977). His broad based experiences and history afford him a unique perspective for mediations and arbitrations in a wide variety of practice areas.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • As a judge for twenty-six years, presided over numerous civil and criminal cases, many of which either resolved or achieved settlement prior to trial
  • As Senior Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, presided over a number of complex cases in various courts in Eastern Pennsylvania, including many in Philadelphia
  • As a member of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives, was ranking minority member of the sub-committee on Patents and Copyrights
  • As member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, he was ranking minority member of the African Sub-committee, and the sub committee addressing International Economics
  • As Attorney General, among other things, resolved disputes between and among various agencies of the Commonwealth

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial: disputes involved valuation of closely held corporations, dissolutions, and non-compete covenants
  • Defamation/Libel: settled libel matters between various significant public officials against national and local news publications
  • Motor Vehicle: tried and/or settled a substantial number of personal injury claims involving motor vehicles, including quadriplegic and paraplegic cases
  • Personal Injury: experience handling a variety of wrongful death and catastrophic bodily injury matters, as well as other less serious matters
  • Products Liability: tried to verdict matters involving prescription medication used to avoid spontaneous abortions; crash worthiness of motor vehicles; settled a wrongful death action arising from a private pool accident; and other products liability cases
  • Professional Malpractice/Medical: handled a variety of medical malpractice matters involving but not limited to dental, eye, and OB/GYN
  • Real Estate: disputes between private owners, architects, builders, and contractors; sales agreements; landlord tenant disputes
  • Trade Secrets: tried and/or settled cases alleging trade secret violations including manufacturing processing

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • President, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2001-2006
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Overseas Development Council, 1977-1978
  • Member, National Governing Board of Common Cause, 1977-1978
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award–George School
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws from Delaware Valley College, 1977
  • Member, Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, 1977-1978
  • Member, Board of Directors, Welcome House International Adoption Agency, 1977-1978
  • Delegate to a Special Assembly of the United Nations General Assembly, 1975

Background and Education

  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1980-2006 (Senior Judge, 2001-2006)
  • Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1979–1980
  • Private Practice, 1977–1978
  • Legislator, U.S. House of Representatives, 1967–1977
  • Assistant District Attorney, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1958-1964
  • Private Practice, 1956-1966
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1955 (Note Editor Law Review; Moot Court)
  • B.A., with honors, Wesleyan University, 1952

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