ABOUT TODD

Personal Background

As a candidate for district judge, Todd presents an intriguing combination of the highest professional legal training and experience and the real-world relatability that comes from his blue-collar background. He is the son of a hard-working mother who, in 30-plus years as a cashier for SEPTA’s Broad Street subway, never complained about leaving for work before dawn, day in and day out. She was born and raised in South Carolina where she attended segregated schools even after they became illegal. She moved to Philadelphia and met Todd’s father while they both worked for SEPTA. A South Philly Vietnam veteran, Todd’s dad began his civilian career as a janitor and worked hard to become a master-electrician. An on-the-job injury, unfortunately, ended his career, but despite his disability, Todd’s dad kept his promise of paying for his son to go to college. The family’s hard work and dedication paid off. After graduating from a Philadelphia public high school, Todd earned awards for leadership and excellent academics as a Kutztown University student-athlete who served the university community in various capacities. Todd earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, then attended Temple University’s School of Law, where he frequently made the Dean’s List and served on the university’s Political and Civil Rights Law Review. He earned his law degree and passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam in 2002. He was immediately hired by a prestigious law firm in Blue Bell, and purchased his home in Norristown shortly thereafter.

As an attorney in private practice, Todd soon hit a crossroads. He decided to stand for what he felt was right and refused a certain caseload, embracing the mantra to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Ultimately earning his boss’s respect, he was highly recommended for a position with the state Supreme Court. That was 2007. Todd served in the judicial system every year until late 2015, when he left the Chief Justice’s Office and launched a write-in campaign for district judge. Since that time, he has served our community as a prosecutor, but he wants to be our next district judge.

Vote Todd Barnes for District Judge on May 18, 2021.

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Experience Timeline

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Candidate for Magisterial District Judge

    • Public Servant, Seasonal
    • February 2021 – Present
    • Norristown, PA

    Seeking election to serve the people of Norristown as our next District Judge.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Law Enforcement Agency/Government

    • Supervising Attorney
    • Full-time
    • Jan 2019 – Present
    • Norristown, PA

    Appellate litigation specialist, leading a team of prosecutors in serving and engaging the local community to prevent unnecessary involvement with the criminal justice system, promote increased public safety, and, ultimately, a better, stronger, Norristown.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Law Enforcement Agency/Government

    • Appellate Litigator - Criminal Prosecution
    • Full-time
    • Dec 2015 – Present
    • Employment Duration
    • Norristown, PA

    Advocate for justice specializing in appellate criminal litigation & active in community outreach, crime prevention, and disproportionate minority contact reduction initiatives.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Staff Attorney

    • Staff Attorney
    • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Office of the Chief Justice
    • Full-time
    • Feb 2013 – Oct 2015
    • Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Review and analysis of opposing legal filings to determine proper resolution under the law. Production of written summaries, reports, recommendations, and opinions to aid in resolving matters before the Court.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Certified Arbitrator

    • Staff Attorney
    • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Office of the Chief Justice
    • Full-time
    • Feb 2013 – Oct 2015
    • Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Periodic resolution assistance service for disputes of less than $50k, by appointment and at the behest of Philadelphia's primary trial court.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Chief Judicial Clerk

    • Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
    • May 2008 – Jan 2012

    Chief Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Johnny J. Butler, with primary management responsibility over two offices, three attorneys and two secretaries, in addition to supervising the review and analysis of opposing legal filings to determine proper resolution under the law. Responsible for the production of written summaries and opinions to aid in resolving matters before the court, as well as reviewing the work product of subordinate attorneys, and revising the same as needed.

    (Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Doris A. Smith-Ribner from May through July, 2008)

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Attorney at Law

    • aw Firm of Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, P.C.

    Commercial & civil litigation practice.

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Attorney at Law

    • aw Firm of Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, P.C.

    Commercial & civil litigation practice.

Education

  • Feb 1, 2021

    Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

    • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
    • Degree NameJuris Doctorate
    • 1999 – 2002
  • Feb 1, 2021

    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

    • B.S.Field Of StudyCriminal Justice
    • 1995 – 1999