On March 1, 2019, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention voted to rate Anthony Kyriakakis as “Highly Recommended” for Judge on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.  The Bar Association’s guidelines states that the top rating is reserved for “extraordinary individuals” who “are preeminent in the profession, exceptionally skilled in the law, possess a reputation for the utmost integrity and significantly will enhance … the judiciary.”  Anthony is very honored to have received the Bar Association’s highest rating.

A Judge to Make Philadelphia Proud

Anthony is an experienced trial attorney, law professor, husband, and father of two young children.  He has an unwavering commitment to his Philadelphia community, including by serving as a “Big Brother” mentor for the past 9 years, and as a board member for the University of the Arts, the Center for Families and Relationships, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • Worked to lower incarceration rates through President Obama’s Clemency Project

  • Volunteer Advocate for Children in Family Court

  • Fought for victims of violent crime as a prosecutor.  Defended the indigent as a defense attorney. 

  • First in immigrant family to attend college

  • Honors graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School

  • Adjunct Professor at Penn Law and Temple Law​​​​​​


Experienced.  Fair.  Compassionate.

Philadelphians deserve a court system in which all judges act in accord with the highest standards of integrity, apply the law properly to each individual case, and treat every single person who enters a Philadelphia courtroom with fairness, respect and compassion—values that Anthony Kyriakakis first learned from his Greek immigrant parents.

Honored with an Integrity Award for his public service, Anthony would be the kind of judge who makes Philadelphia proud.


A Record of Balanced Experience

Defense attorney.  Prosecutor.  Civil litigator.  Law Professor.  Anthony stands out because the breadth of his career experience will enable him to be fair-minded to all sides as a judge.  As a prosecutor, he stood up for victims of violent crime and worked to keep our neighborhoods safe.  Now in private practice as a defense attorney, he devotes a substantial part of his practice to defending the indigent  and working to improve the criminal justice system.  As part of President Obama's Clemency Project, he worked hard to lower the incarceration rate by giving second chances to deserving non-violent offenders.



An Advocate and Mentor for our Youth 


Anthony devotes much of his time doing what he can to remove obstacles that block our city's children from a brighter future, just like his parents and others once did for him.  For the past 9 years, he has served as a "Big Brother" through Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He believes so much in the organization and its positive impact on Philadelphia's children that he joined its Board of Trustees.  Anthony volunteers much of his time as a Child Advocate in family court, working pro bono to protect the most vulnerable.  Anthony also serves on the board of the Center for Families and Relationships, a non-profit in Northeast Philadelphia that works to strengthen Philadelphia families by providing therapy and other services.  He is also proud to be a Trustee for the University of the Arts, which has nurtured the talents of generations of young Philadelphians.

A Teacher Committed to Improving the Criminal Justice System

Anthony Kyriakakis is also a recognized expert in sentencing and regularly teaches on the subject at Temple Law and Penn Law. In his courses, he explores some of the most pressing problems of our criminal justice system, including with respect to the problem of unequal treatment of defendants along the lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and  socioeconomic status. Anthony believes that an important way to improve upon unwarranted disparities in treatment is to make sure that future attorneys are cognizant of them. Only by being sensitive to such issues can judges work to improve the quality and fairness of our criminal justice system.


A Distinguished Record of Integrity and Service


Anthony Kyriakakis has been recognized repeatedly for his record of integrity and achievement as a public servant.  He received the Integrity Award from the Department of Health and Human Services for outstanding contributions in health care fraud investigations.   He has also received awards recognizing his work from the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for outstanding efforts in the prosecution of a bank fraud and identity theft ring, and from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service for outstanding efforts in the prosecution and conviction of a defense contractor.




Anthony is proud to have been “Highly Recommended” by the Philadelphia Bar Association (3/1/2019).  The first in his immigrant family to attend college, Anthony graduated from Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude) in 1998, with the help of a scholarship from his father’s union.  He then went on to Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude), graduating in 2001.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Julio Fuentes of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. After three years at a top law firm handling complex civil cases, he decided to enter public service and begin working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, where much of his work focused on violent crimes, cases of child exploitation, and fraud committed by corporations and executives.  Now in private practice as a defense attorney, he serves by appointment on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  He has also testified on sentencing issues before the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission.




A Husband, Father and Neighbor


Anthony has been married to his wife, Aleni, for over 12 years, and they have two young children.  They have been active in their local civic association, playground maintenance organization, and several community groups.  Anthony and his wife are proud to be Philadelphians and are extremely grateful for all that our city has to offer.







On May 21st, Elect Anthony Kyriakakis


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