Judge Ellen Ceisler


January 2018 to December 2027


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.,1986
  • Temple University, B.A., 1979
  • Montgomery County Community College, A.A., 1977

Professional Experience

  • Elected a Judge of the Commonwealth Court, 2017
  • Elected a Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2007 (Major Civil Trial Division, 2014-2017; Civil Motions Court, 2013-2014; Criminal Trial Division, 2008-2012)
  • Director, Philadelphia City Controller’s Special Investigations and Fraud Unit, 2006
  • Consultant, Philadelphia School District, 2005-2006
  • Director, Philadelphia Police Department Office of Integrity and Accountability, 2000-2005
  • Deputy Director, Philadelphia Police Department Office of Integrity and Accountability, 1997
  • Special Advisor to the Sheriff, Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff, 1992-94
  • Associate, Zarwin & Baum, P.C., 1990-92
  • Investigative Producer, WCAU-News (CBS), 1988-90
  • Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 1986-88
  • Administrator, University City Housing Company, 1979-83

Memberships and Associations

  • Anti Defamation League, Former Executive Board Member
  • Support Center for Child Advocates, Former Board Member and pro-bono attorney
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member
  • Leadership, Inc.
  • New Leash On Life USA, Former Board Member and active participant
  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Member
  • First Judicial District Committee on the Board of Revision of Taxes and Board of View, Former Co-Chair