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Judge John M. Morganelli
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John M. Morganelli was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County in November 2019, and was sworn into office January 2020. Judge Morganelli currently serves as the Administrative Judge for the Custody Division.

Judge Morganelli graduated from Moravian College in May 1977, and received a Juris Doctorate from the Villanova School of Law in May 1980.

From 1980 through 1996, Judge Morganelli was in private practice during which time he handled a variety of legal matters including, but not limited to family law, criminal defense, municipal law, wills and estates, and personal injury cases.

In 1992, Judge Morganelli was elected District Attorney for the County of Northampton, a position he held until the end of December 2019, making him the most senior elected district attorney. Preceding his election as District Attorney, he also served as a public defender and a municipal solicitor.

Throughout his legal career, Judge Morganelli has been a member of numerous associations. He was a member and served as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute from 2002-2002. He served as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association from 1999-2000 and as Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, and member of the Executive Board for during the years of 1995-2003. He has also been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association, and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Judge Morganelli authored the book "The D-Day Bank Massacre: The True Story Behind the Martin Appel Case," published by SterlingHouse Publisher Incorporated. He has also authored a handful of article and op-ed pieces, and has testified on a handful of occasions before state, house and senate committees.

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