Honorable A. Michael Snyder (ret.) joined the Board in 2015. He previously chaired the Grants Committee and also serves on the Equal Justice Center Committee. Judge Snyder now serves on the Board through his role as Chancellor-Elect of the Philaelphia Bar Association.
Judge Snyder’s creative approach to problem-solving makes him exceptionally qualified to serve as an arbitrator, fact finder, mediator or special master with The Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI). Judge Snyder joined DRI in January, 2012. Prior to joining DRI, Judge Snyder served for over 14 years as a Workers’ Compensation Judge.
During his years on the bench, Judge Snyder was respected for his knowledge of the law, his clear writing style, and his calm demeanor. He became a sought-after mediator, able to forge agreement in the most complex of matters through a unique blend of mediation styles. He strives to create a feeling of comfort for the litigants and counsel, recognizing that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) allows for true closure of a dispute, addressing the non-economic needs and desires of the parties, as well as the financial aspects of any resolution.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Judge Snyder has twice served as Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, he has served as Assistant Secretary of the Bar Association, was the Worker’s Compensation Section’s representative member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, has served as the Chair and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Bar Academy, has served as Co-Chair of the Law School Outreach Initiative, and currently serves as Chair of the PNC Award Committee. He has served as Treasurer of the Campaign for Qualified Judges and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Campaign for Qualified Judges of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Judge Snyder also serves as an investigative team member of the Bar Association’s Judicial Commission. Judge Snyder is an active member of the Temple American Inn of Court and is President of the Judge Alexander F. Barbieri Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court. Judge Snyder is also Chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and is Vice-President of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation. In addition, Judge Snyder is a member of the Elder Justice Task Force of the First Judicial District and is a member of the Ombuds Project Committee of the First Judicial District.