Hon. Robert A. Graci (Ret.)
Hon. Robert A. Graci (Ret.) is Chair of the firm’s Attorney and Judicial Ethics and Discipline practice. As former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge and retired Chief Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania, Judge Graci brings more than 40 years of diverse judicial and legal experience to Saxton & Stump’s clients. He also serves in the firm’s Appellate and Post-trial Advocacy and Internal Investigations Groups, as well as Title IX services.
Judge Graci also serves as a Mediator and Arbitrator for the firm’s partner organization, Optimal Dispute Resolutions. Between his experience as an appellate judge, his service as Chief Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board and his work for the Attorney General’s Office, Judge Graci has seen some of the most complex issues. As a result, he is well-positioned to approach each mediation and arbitration in a fair and objective manner to bring even the most complicated cases to resolution.
As Chief Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania, Judge Graci was Chief Legal Adviser to the Board and was responsible for supervision of the Board’s staff, the conduct of its investigations, and the Board’s prosecutions before the Court of Judicial Discipline. During his time, he served in various capacities in leading and supporting investigations into allegations of misconduct and other Board activities.
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, general litigation, regulatory and administrative law and governmental relations. He was also engaged in the firm’s white collar defense practice representing individuals charged with fraud and corruption-related offenses, as well as those subpoenaed to appear before investigating grand juries. 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 (OAG). 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 and oversaw legal proceedings arising out of the investigating grand juries convened by the OAG.
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 several attorneys general he served.
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
West Chester State College, B.A.
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Lawyers Fund for Client Security, Former Member
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
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
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Central Pennsylvania, Past Board of Trustees Member
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training – Member, Top Local Fundraiser 2010
Conducted and supervised confidential grand jury investigations at state and local levels and represented persons before investigating grand juries
Conducted and supervised confidential investigations into alleged judicial misconduct
Personally briefed or argued or supervised the briefing and arguing of hundreds of appeals in state and federal appellate courts
Lectured on various topics including appellate advocacy and legal and judicial ethics
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