Honorable Emanuel A. Bertin - Senior Judge
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Judge Bertin assumed his judicial duties on the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County on January 1, 1996 and retired on December 31, 2014. Judge Bertin is now a Senior Judge. In addition to serving in the Civil and Family Divisions, he has served as Administrative Judge of Family Court. Judge Bertin has regularly served as a lecturer in Family Law at the Pennsylvania Judges School for newly elected judges and has lectured on Family Law to judges at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. He also lectures and authors articles for the legal profession on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Judge Bertin has received statewide appointments as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Domestic Relations Advisory Committee and to the Commission of Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania, Changing the Culture of Custody Committee. Before becoming a judge he was listed in all editions of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA; served as President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Pennsylvania Chapter; Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section; Chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Committee; Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer; author of the original law book titled PENNSYLVANIA CHILD CUSTODY LAW, PRACTICE, AND PROCEDURE (1983); was a three-time recipient of the Pennsylvania State Bar Special Achievement Award (most recently in 2011 for his contributions and work to enact new custody legislation); Legal Counsel, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, U.S.A. Chapter; and Diplomate, The American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Judge Bertin was the 2011 recipient of the Eric D. Turner Award given by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, for recognition of his service to the family law practitioners of Pennsylvania as mentor and friend. Judge Bertin received his B.A. from Moravian College in 1966 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond Law School in 1969.