Judge Profile

Edward J. Borkowski

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Appointed, 2005 to 2016

Other Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School/Duquesne University School of Law, 1999 to res.
  • Office of the District Attorney of Allegheny, 1990 to 2005
  • Magistrate, City of Pittsburgh Magistrates Court, 1987 to 1990
  • Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County - Family Division, 2003-present


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1985
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1976
  • BA, Magna Cum Laude, Duquesne University, 1974

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • American College of Trial Attorneys


  • William Miller, Tip Staff (412) 350-2711
  • Sandra A. Kozlowski, Law Clerk (412) 350-2711
  • Pamela Farrell, Secretary (412) 350-2711


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Borkowski has adopted The Rules of Civilty promulgated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Motions are heard either on a scheduled date in advance of the trial date or on the day of trial depending on the nature and complexity of the motion. Rulings on the motion are made from the bench and/or by written order within 7 days of the hearing.

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Postponements should be made a minimum of 7 days before trial and/or sentencing.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Borkowski expects lawyers to be on time and prepared.