Judge Dan Sulman standing in his robes next to an American flag and flanked by the Seal of the Commonwealth of PA

Meet Dan

Sulman

A Dedicated Public Servant

Dan Sulman was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he attended the J. Hampton Moore School and graduated from Northeast High School in 1993.  Dan continued his academic career at Temple University where he earned a B.A. in political science and history.  After earning a law degree from the Temple University Beasley Law School, Dan was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in the year 2000. Dan’s career in public service and family law commenced in 2002, when he served as the law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Summers.  

 

In late 2003, Dan was appointed as a Master in Support in the Domestic Relations Division, where he presided over approximately 10,000 record hearings in child and spousal support cases.  In June of 2016, in recognition of his dedicated public service and expertise in family law, Dan was appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.  After unanimous confirmation to the bench by the Pennsylvania State Senate, Dan was assigned to the Family Division, where he was tasked with presiding over a demanding caseload of highly-sensitive and challenging family law cases. 

"I have worked diligently, ethically, thoughtfully, and compassionately in rendering decisions that have real and lasting impacts on some of the most vulnerable people in society, while — at all times — ensuring that litigants and children are granted the opportunity to have their voices heard."

Judge Dan Sulman consulting a legal text while presiding on the bench.
Judge Dan Sulman smiling in front of an old bookcase in the Courthouse

Following the end of his first judicial commission, Dan elected to remain in public service and returned to the Court in the role of Master in Custody, where he developed, implemented and oversaw new internal procedures to promote prompt resolution of custody relocation cases. Under Dan’s direction, litigants were freed from the burden of excessive hearing dates, 35% of relocation matters were resolved via mutual agreement or other non-trial resolution and contested relocation cases were expeditiously scheduled for trials before a judge. 

 

In February of 2019, Dan moved into the private practice of law, where he focused on representing low and middle-income clients in family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support and protection from abuse.  As part of his private practice, Dan made certain to provide pro bono (no cost) legal service to people in need of quality representation. 

Judge Dan Sulman with his wife and children
A family photo of Judge Dan Sulman and his daughter and son.

Dan was elected to the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes in May of 2019, where he served as a member of the seven-member panel responsible for deciding property tax assessment appeals across the city.  In his time on the Board of Revision of Taxes, Dan worked to ensure that homeowners were treated fairly by local government in determining accurate property values. 

 

In November of 2019, Governor Wolf again nominated Dan to the Court of Common Pleas, and he was subsequently confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate.  When the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic struck and a statewide judicial emergency was declared, Dan volunteered and presided as an emergency child custody and protection from abuse judge.  When the statewide judicial emergency concluded, Dan immediately resumed a fully operational courtroom through the use of advanced communication technology, where he worked diligently to eliminate the court’s backlog of protection from abuse cases. Dan is proud to continue presiding over a full docket of important family law cases, ensuring that hearings are not delayed and that families seeking justice have their day in court.  

 

During his lengthy public service, Dan has demonstrated integrity, compassion and a sincere commitment to justice.  He has rightfully earned a reputation amongst his peers and the public for impartiality, efficiency, and judicial independence.  As a husband and father of two children, Dan shares a deep personal understanding of the sensitive issues that come before the court.  The public can rest assured that every person entering Dan’s courtroom will be treated with dignity and that Dan will render thoughtful decisions after patiently listening.