Hon. Robert A. Graci (Ret.)
A retired Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge, Judge Graci recently served as Chief Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. Within this role as Chief Counsel, Judge Graci served as Chief Legal Adviser to the Board. His responsibilities included the supervision of the Board’s staff, the conduct of its investigations and the Board’s prosecutions before the Court of Judicial Discipline.
Judge Graci served on the Superior Court from 2002 to 2004 before becoming a Member in the Harrisburg office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, focusing his practice on appeals, white collar criminal defense, general litigation, regulatory and administrative law and governmental relations. Drawing on his many years as an appellate litigator and judge, he chaired the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, further refining his brief-writing and appellate advocacy skills while successfully navigating a number of appeals.
Prior to his appointment to the bench in 2002, Judge Graci was the Assistant Executive Deputy Attorney General for Law and Appeals of the Criminal Law Division of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General for almost 18 years, he briefed and argued cases in each of the state and federal appellate courts in Pennsylvania, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.
Judge Graci has lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Minor Judiciary Education Board, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, Delaware State Bar Association and other forums. He has authored several articles and CLE course materials and has been recognized for his accomplishments by the PBA and the several attorneys general he served.
Chief Counsel, Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania, 2012-2018
Attorney (Member), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, 2004-2012
Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge, 2002-2004
Assistant Executive Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, 1984-2002
West Chester State College, B.A.
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Certificates of Achievement – 1989, 1989, 1996 and 2002
Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation Regional Vice President’s Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy – 1991-1992
Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for Service as Chair of the Criminal Law Section – 2002
Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for Service as Co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee -2004
Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for Service as Chair of the CLE Program Development Subcommittee of the Task Force on the lnterbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice Report – 2011
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – 2007 (Appellate), 2008 (Appellate), 2009 (Gaming Law), 2010 (Gaming Law), 2011 (Appellate), and 2012 (Appellate)
Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Award for Excellence, 2008
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
Florida Bar Association, Member
The Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, Former Member
Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Member
Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, Founding Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Past Chair of the Criminal Law Section and Co-chair of the Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, Former Member
Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Member
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Death Penalty Litigation Task Force, Former Member
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Criminal Law Symposium Planning Committee, Member