About JUDGE DAN MAISANO
As you think about supporting someone for a position as important as Common Pleas Judge, you should start by knowing something about them. At any time this Judge may impact part of your or your family’s life.
A person’s life says a lot about their overall experiences, and how much they may understand not just your life challenges but the challenges of others.
Dan was raised through until his teen years by his mother, a single parent. His mother worked hard as a waitress and taught Dan the concepts of honor and hard work. When his mother remarried Dan was 13 and he began to follow the path of his step father in a military life. Until the completion of High School, he moved from school to school and continued to help his mother as his father did tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He has worked since he was 16 and went to college having received a partial ROTC scholarship.
He worked his way through law school and after taking and passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam he started his legal career as a sole practitioner. The focus of his law practice has been and continues to be the general practice of the law.
Dan was elected as a Magisterial District Judge for the first time in 1993. He was selected by the Common Pleas Court to serve side by side with one of their own in implementing the first “Mental Health Court”. He also worked with the first Court of Common Pleas Hispanic Judge to engage and educate Chester County citizens in conducting the “Meet Your Judges Program”.
During his 22 year tenure as a Magisterial District Judge Dan’s court disposed of over 100,000 cases, with the least overturned verdicts of any other MDJ. Dan earned the respect of the police and attorneys who regularly appeared before him. He ran and was elected as MDJ a total of 4 times, winning both the Republican and Democratic ballots each time. That, ladies and gentlemen, is clearly bipartisan support. Support which he continues to have to this day.
Judge Maisano took his knowledge and experience and used it to become an adjunct professional teaching at 2 local Universities. He taught Business Law, Real Estate Law, Survey of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. He has judged “Mock Trials” for high school competitions. When not serving on the Bench, Dan has served the public on boards and in leadership roles in non-profit agencies.
Personally, Dan is a husband, married to his high school sweetheart Patricia for more than 28 years. He is also a father to three sons and a grandfather.
- Twenty-two years’ judicial experience
- Thirty-nine Plus years’ legal experience
- Three + years’ university level law related teaching experience
Licensed Pennsylvania Attorney
AUGUST 1979 TO PRESENT
FORMER SOLO PRACTITIONER & CURRENT PARTNER WITH LYONS DOUGHERTY, LLC
- Emphasis on Personal Injury, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Civil, Transactional & Criminal Law.
- Personally administered & managed Sole-Practitioner Law Firm for over 32 years.
- Partner at Lyons Dougherty, LLC since January 2017.
- Tried civil and criminal cases, jury and non-jury.
- Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1986 – Present), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1985 – Present), U.S. Supreme Court (1984 – Present) & Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1979 – Present).
Magisterial District Judge
JANUARY 1994 TO JANUARY 2016
DISTRICT COURT 15-3-04, KENNETT SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA
- Responsible for disposing of more than 100,000 cases as sitting judge, including civil, traffic, non-traffic and criminal matters.
- Responsible for the District Court’s administration, including the supervision of four to five employees and the collection and disposition of all fines and costs totaling approximately $600,000 annually.
- Responsible for setting bail and conducting preliminary hearings on all criminal matters, including but not limited to; aggravated assault, rape, robbery, sexual assault, drug trafficking & homicide.
JULY 2016 TO JANUARY 2018
- Taught CRJ 101 – Survey of Criminal Justice.
- Taught CRJ 304 – Constitutional Law
- Taught CRJ 316 – Criminal Law
AUGUST 1988 – MAY 1990
- Taught Real Estate Law – Paralegal Program
- Taught Business Law – School of Management
Bachelors of Arts - Political Science
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware; May 1973
Juris Doctorate Degree
Delaware Law School of Widener University, Wilmington, Delaware; May 1978
- Member of the American Judges Association (1999 – 2013)
- Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1995 – 2000)
- Member of the American Bar Association (1985 – 2018)
- Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (1984 – Present)
- Member of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (1993 – 2000)
- Member of the Chester County Bar Association (1989 – Present)
- Member of the Delaware County Bar Association (1984 – 1990)
- Member of The Justinian Society of Philadelphia (2007 – 2018)
- Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Truancy Project Subcommittee
- Member of the “Meet Your Judges” Committee (2002 & 2004)
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute Instructor – Civil Practice Before District Justices
- Served on the Chester County Drug Court Advisory Board (1997 – 1998)
- Served as the Pennsylvania Special Court Judges Association Liaison to the Pennsylvania Bar Association (1997 – 1998)
- President of District 11 Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania (2012 – 2014)
- Member of the Court Administration Committee for the Special Court Judges Association of PA (2012 – 2014)
- District 11 Director of the Special Court Judges Association of PA (2010 – 2012)
- President of the Special Court Judges Association of Chester County (2009 – 2010)
- Vice President of the Chester County Special Court Judges Association (1997 – 1998)
- Secretary of the Chester County Special Court Judges Association (1996 – 1997)
- Treasurer of the Chester County Special Court Judges Association (2005 – 2009)
- Liaison of the Chester County Special Court Judges Association with the Chester County Bar Association (1996 – 1998)
- Judge – Chester County High School Mock Trial Competition (2004)
- Judge – Regional Semi-Finals of the High School Mock Trial Competition (2004)
- Member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chester County (2001 – 2004)
- Member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southern Chester County (1998 – 2005)
- Vice President of Allocations of the United Way of Southern Chester County (2000 – 2005)
- Vice President and Board Member of ChesPenn Health Services, a non-profit community health facility – Chester, Pennsylvania (1987 – 1991)
- Volunteer at KAU Little League (1996 – 1999)
- PTA Member at Mary D. Lang Elementary School (1990 – 1992)
- Vice President University & Whist Club, Wilmington, Delaware
- Board of Governors University & Whist Club – Wilmington, DE (2013 – Present)
- Member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (1989 – Present)
- Licensed Private Pilot (2005 – Present)
- NAUI Certified Scuba Diver (1992 – Present)
- Kennett Area Senior Center (2004 – Present)
- Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (1987 – 2011)
- Kennett Fire Company No. 1 Member (1993 – Present)