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Louis C. Bechtle

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Since joining Conrad O'Brien in 2001, Judge Bechtle has focused his practice on arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Judge Bechtle also provides counsel and strategic insight to his colleagues, honing their writing. and presiding over mock trials, hearings, and oral arguments.  His areas of deep expertise include multidistrict litigation, mass tort actions, complex commercial litigation, and class actions.

Since joining Conrad O'Brien in 2001, Judge Bechtle has focused his practice on arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Judge Bechtle also provides counsel and strategic insight to his colleagues, honing their writing. and presiding over mock trials, hearings, and oral arguments.  His areas of deep expertise include multidistrict litigation, mass tort actions, complex commercial litigation, and class actions.

Judge Bechtle is Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to the Bench on March 7, 1972. In 1994, then Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed him to a seven-year term as one of the seven members of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. He was designated transferee judge for numerous multidistrict cases including orthopedic bone screw, Fen-Phen, and MGM Grand Hotel fire litigations. During his nearly 30-year tenure as a federal jurist, Judge Bechtle gained national recognition for his service on a series of complex, nationwide cases.  Before his appointment to the Bench, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1969-1972) and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1956-1959), and was in private law practice in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (1959-1969). 

"... decades of experience on the federal Bench make him an invaluable resource to Conrad O’Brien’s clients and attorneys."

Judge Bechtle is a presenter and panel member at national conferences concerning products liability, multidistrict, and class action litigation. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Temple University Law School where he taught Federal Trial Practice and Trial Advocacy for 17 years. 

representative matters 

  • Judge Bechtle serves as Equity Receiver for a collapsed $70 million Ponzi scheme involving a former hedge fund manager and his group of investment companies.  Assisted by other Conrad O’Brien attorneys, he has tracked down assets, liquidated property and recovered fraudulently transferred funds.  To date, Judge Bechtle and Conrad O’Brien attorneys have distributed $11 million to victims of the fraudulent scheme.  The case is not completed and additional asset recoveries and distributions to investors and creditors are contemplated.
  • Judge Bechtle has served as a Special Master on a five-person panel available to assist the Court in complex intellectual property cases in the United States District Court of Delaware, supervising discovery and resolving disputes.