Judge James J. Eisenhower

Judge Eisenhower is an attorney with more than thirty years’ experience in government and the private practice of law. He was appointed to the Court by Governor Thomas Wolf on Jan. 16, 2019.

He received a BA from Temple University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Antioch University School of Law and a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University where he was a Marshall Scholar. His Oxford Masters’ thesis was on emergency powers in Northern Ireland.

Judge Eisenhower served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Sydney Hoffman, Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

He began his legal career as an Honor’s Program recruit at the United States Department of Justice, where he served as a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, enforcing our nation’s laws against police brutality and hate crimes. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he prosecuted cases of police and political corruption, narcotics and weapons offenses and insurance fraud. He was awarded the Attorney General’s commendation for “Sustained Superior Performance of Duty.”

Judge Eisenhower was a White House Fellow in the Administration of President Bill Clinton where he served on the staff of the National Security Council. He drafted Presidential Decision Directive 42, on international organized crime, and the Executive Order that seized the assets of the Cali cartel, then the world’s largest cocaine distribution network. He was a primary administration liaison to the International War Crimes Tribunal, The Hague, the Netherlands for Bosnia and Rwanda. 

Judge Eisenhower was the 2000 and 2004 Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. 

He served the Commonwealth during the administration of Governor Edward G. Rendell as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the Commonwealth’s criminal justice agency and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the state body that oversees the budget of the city of Philadelphia. 

Judge Eisenhower is currently of Counsel to Dilworth Paxson, LLP, where his practice centers upon white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and compliance advice. He is also an adjunct professor at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University, specializing in election law. 

Judge Eisenhower is married to Nora Dowd Eisenhower, the former Secretary of Aging for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They are the proud parents of Anne Eisenhower Turnbull and Christopher Eisenhower, parents-in-law of David Turnbull and grandparents of Asher and Dylan Turnbull. They reside in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.