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About the Staff

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office
Joseph A. Torregrossa, Chief Circuit Mediator
Penny Conly Ellison, Circuit Mediator
Tricia Harris, Program Administrator
Sharon Yee, Mediation Legal Staff
Mailing Address:
Appellate Mediation Program
Room 20716
United States Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 299-4130 (Joe Torregrossa)
(267) 299-4138 (Penny Conly Ellison)
Fax Number:
(267) 299-5115
Chief Circuit Mediator
Joe Torregrossa is Chief Circuit Mediator of the Appellate Mediation Program for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before taking his current position in 1997, Mr. Torregrossa practiced commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation for over 26 years with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During his legal career, Mr. Torregrossa has been an active supporter of alternative dispute resolution procedures.  He is a frequent lecturer and speaker at CLE programs and law schools on alternative dispute resolution. Joe Torregrossa received an A. B. degree in 1966 from Villanova University and a  J. D. Degree in 1969 from Villanova University School of Law.
Circuit Mediator
Penny Conly Ellison joined the Program in May 2005. Ms. Ellison practiced commercial and general litigation at the Dilworth Paxson firm in Philadelphia for 16 years. She also participated extensively in firm governance and management, serving as chairwoman of the firm’s hiring and marketing committees and co-chairwoman of its strategic planning committee. Penny Ellison received a B. S. Degree in Mathematics in 1984 from Pennsylvania State University and a J. D. Degree, cum laude in 1989 from University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Mediation Legal Staff
Sharon Yee joined the program in 2000 as Mediation Legal Staff. Ms. Yee received an A.B. degree from Smith College in 1992 and a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law in 2000.
Program Administrator
Tricia Harris joined the Program in 2014 after working as a Case Manager for the Clerk's Office at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Harris is the Program Administrator for the Appellate Mediation Program. Ms. Harris received a BBA degree from Temple University.