Judge Profile

Alan M. Black

Judicial Experience:

  • Senior Judge, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, Elected (1997)

Other Professional Experience:

  • Private Practice, 1964 to 1997
  • Solicitor, City of Allentown, 1974 to 1977
  • Solicitor, Allentown Commerical and Industrial Development Authority, 1983-1997


  • JD, Harvard University, 1963
  • BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1960

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Donald E. Wieand, Sr. American Inn of Court
  • American Judicature Society
  • Fellows of American Bar Foundation


  • Catherine Dinbokowitz, Administrative Assistant (610) 782-3014
  • Elisabeth Hopkins, Law Clerk (610) 782-3428


  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Judge Black requires civility at all times during the trial. He also requires counsel to stand when addressing the court or examining a witness, and that all parties be addressed by their last names. Judge Black also expects proper attire.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Judge Black follows local rules regarding motions practice. See Lehigh County Rules of Civil Procedure 208.2 (c), (d), and (e) and 208.3 (a) and (b).

  • Are there any special practices or procedures lawyers appearing before you should know about? Counsel must get permission to use exhibits during opening statements.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Judge Black requires all witnesses to be treated with fairness and consideration. 5. Judge Black can be contacted by email of fax. However, the Court does not accept filings in this manner.

  • Can the court be contacted by e-mail? Yes

  • Can the court be contacted by fax? Yes

  • Does the court accept filings by e-mail? Judge Black can be contacted by email or fax. However, the Court does not accept filings in this manner. Email: alanblack@lehighcounty.org