Born in the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Breitman attended public schools through 8th grade and graduated from Friends’ Central High School. His father was a doctor – a general practitioner and a pharmacist – who had an office at Broad and Erie streets. As a boy, his dad would take him on house calls to see patients, giving him lasting impressions about caring for others.
- The University of Pennsylvania, where he earned two degrees– a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Oriental Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences – 1977
- Masters of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Oriental Studies in 1978.
- Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1981
Breitman is currently admitted to the Bars of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, The United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
“When I was younger, like others at the time in the late 1960s, I wanted to grow up and be James Bond,” Breitman said. “I wanted to be a spy.” He even applied to the CIA after he inquired and learned that the legal career he wanted to pursue could be a good track into the agency.
Breitman has been married to his wife, Carla, for 28 years. They have three children and one grandchild.
He’s an avid woodworker and has built many pieces of carefully crafted furniture. He’s also a devoted gardener and hiker.