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Kathleen D. Wilkinson

2013 Speaker

Kathleen D. Wilkinson is 86th chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association, and only the sixth woman to serve in this capacity in the association’s 211-year history. Wilkinson joined the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in 1984, where she steadily excelled to become one of the early women equity partners in a law firm that employs 800 lawyers around the country. A litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Wilkinson built her practice and earned her reputation defending complex cases involving construction, insurance, professional liability, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and a variety of other products. Wilkinson serves on numerous pro bono and civic boards, and is a founding member of Villanova Law’s J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and served as the Inn’s first woman president. In 2008, she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Anne X. Alpern award, the highest award given to a Pennsylvania woman attorney. She also ranks as one of the “Top 50 Women” on the 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Wilkinson completed her undergraduate studies in political science and education at Kean College in two-and-a-half years. She attended Villanova University School of Law. @2013Chancellor