The Honorable Joseph A Del Sole
The Honorable Joseph A. Del Sole served on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from 1984 until his retirement in 2006 and served as the Court's President Judge from 2001 to 2006. Prior to being elected to the Superior Court, he served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas from 1978 until 1984 and was its Calendar Control Judge. From 1965 until assuming the bench, he was in private practice specializing in civil litigation and has extensive experience in civil cases, personal injury, professional negligence, commercial, employment and insurance disputes. He has completed the National Judicial College's course on Civil Mediation and was an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law lecturing on Pennsylvania Civil Procedure. Judge Del Sole is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. During his tenure on the bench, he was the first Chair of the Judicial Conduct Board and served on the Appellate Court Rules Committee. He was appointed Chair of the Supreme Court's Ad Hoc Committee reviewing post-trial practice in civil and criminal litigation and the Court's Ad Hoc Committee establishing special procedures to resolve litigation resulting from silicone gel breast implants. He has lectured at the Pennsylvania School for New Judges and served as vice chair of the Supreme Court's Committee on Judicial Education.