Judge Profile

Thomas C. Branca

Judicial Experience:

  • Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Elected, 2001 to December 01, 2011

Other Professional Experience:

  • Partner, Stewart Wood & Branca, 1992 to 2001
  • Private Practice, 1986 to 1991
  • Associate/Partner, Hunn, Branca & Ghen, 1977 to 1986
  • Staff Attorney, Defense Association of Philadelphia, 1973 to 1976
  • Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County, 2000-2001

Education:

  • JD, University of Pittsburgh, 1973
  • BA, Ursinus College, 1970

Professional Civic Activities/Honors/Awards:

  • PA Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

Staff:

  • Christy A. Kramer, Judicial Secretary (610) 278-1067
  • Guisseppe Messina, Court Crier (610) 278-1067
  • Christa Miller, Judicial Law Clerk (610) 278-2647

Rules/Procedures:

  • Do you have any special rules governing courtroom decorum (e.g., addressing the court, dealing with opposing counsel and witnesses, proper attire, etc.)? Counsel is expected to honor the time-honored traditions governing their attire and courtroom demeanor.

  • Describe motions practice in your court. Are there any local practices that attorneys should be aware of? Counsel should follow the PA and Montgomery County rules of procedure.

  • Any suggestions, admonitions or recommendations you would make to lawyers appearing before you? Counsel should be thoroughly prepared. 5. E-mail is permitted upon the court's specific directive on a case-by-case basis.

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