PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION JUDICIAL EVALUATION COMMISSION 2015 SUPERIOR COURT CANDIDATE RATINGS

Judge Robert J. Colville
Rating: Highly Recommended

The Candidate has served as a trial court judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas since 2000. Initially assigned to the family division, he was transferred to the general civil trial court, where he has served for approximately 12 years. During his tenure as judge, the Candidate has presided over 32,000 matters and 500 jury and bench trials. The Candidate also served as supervising judge for toxic substance cases in Allegheny County and resolved over 4,000 asbestos matters. Before his tenure on the bench, the Candidate was a general litigator with a Pittsburgh law firm. He previously had served as a law clerk to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. The Candidate demonstrates his commitment to the continued development of the legal profession through his active involvement in various bar association programs and as a college professor. His commitment to judicial ethics is exhibited by his membership on the Court of Judicial Discipline. The Candidate has been praised for his work ethic and judicial temperament. Because of his proven record of judicial excellence, administrative efficiency and dedication to the legal profession and judicial ethics, the Commission believes the Candidate would serve with distinction on the Superior Court and highly recommends his candidacy.

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Judge Alice B. Dubow
Rating: Recommended

The Candidate began a 10-year term on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2008. She has practiced law since 1984, serving as a law clerk, associate attorney in private practice, a lawyer in the Philadelphia city solicitor's office, deputy general counsel for Drexel University and in her own practice until her election to the bench. The Candidate possesses a broad array of experience in insurance defense work, commercial litigation, tax work for the city and in private practice and in the diverse matters she handled for Drexel. While on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, she has served extensively in the family court, and to a more limited degree, in the criminal and civil divisions. She is recognized as a team player, very professional, thorough and hard working. Her writing is well organized and scholarly. The Commission believes the Candidate's experience as a lawyer and as a judge render her competent to fulfill the responsibilities of a Superior Court judge and therefore recommends her candidacy.

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Judge Emil A. Giordano
Rating: Recommended

The Candidate is a common pleas court judge who is generally well regarded as a jurist of integrity and good temperament by attorneys and litigants that come before him. The Candidate's background and experience, both as a trial lawyer and as a sitting judge, indicate he has a clear understanding of the Rules of Procedure and the Rules of Evidence. His experience as an administrative judge demonstrates his ability to address the office, personnel and fiscal needs of running a court. The Candidate volunteers in his community and teaches at local educational institutions on legal topics. The Candidate is engaging, sincere, intelligent and affable. Because of the Candidate's experience with domestic law, criminal law and civil matters, the Commission recommends his candidacy for Superior Court.

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Judge Paul P. Panepinto
Rating: Recommended

The Candidate is an experienced jurist with more than two decades of service on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. During his tenure on the bench, the Candidate worked to develop specialty courts and managed complex litigation matters. The Candidate is knowledgeable about the law and procedure. The Candidate's reputation among litigants and counsel is generally positive. The Candidate engages in community service by teaching at local institutions of higher education. Because of the Candidate's extensive experience as a trial judge in family court, juvenile court and civil matters, the Commission recommends his candidacy for the Superior Court.

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Judge Douglas G. Reichley
Rating: Recommended

Since 2012, the Candidate has served on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. Previously, he was in private practice, joined the Lehigh County district attorney's office, then joined the Philadelphia County district attorney's office, and later returned to private practice in Lehigh County, while serving as conflicts counsel for the Lehigh County public defender's office. The Candidate was then elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving from 2003 through 2011. He enjoys an excellent reputation and has been actively engaged for many years in public service and community involvement. His writing is thorough and well reasoned. The Commission believes the Candidate's temperament and intellect render him capable of serving on the Superior Court and recommends his candidacy.

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David E. Robbins
Rating: Recommended

Throughout his career, the Candidate has been a judicial clerk while maintaining a solo practice. The Candidate has appeared as an advocate before the Superior Court. He has been an active member of various bar associations and their committees. He has limited trial experience, but he has had an opportunity to work closely with members of the trial bench in Delaware County. The Candidate has lectured on a variety of matters, including recent case law and regulations, civil cases and criminal matters. He possesses an excellent temperament and is devoted to the improvement of the quality of justice. The Commission believes that the Candidate would perform satisfactorily as a member of the Superior Court and recommends his candidacy.

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