Honorable Ellen Ceisler
Judge Ceisler graduated Temple University in 1979 (B.A. in English) and Temple University Law School in 1986. After graduating law school, Judge Ceisler served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, aninvestigative producer for WCAU-TV News (CBS) in Philadelphia, and an associate attorney in the law firm of Zarwin and Baum.
From 1997-2005, Judge Ceisler served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In that capacity Judge Ceisler audited the operations, policies, and practices of the Police Department to minimize misconduct, improve the effectiveness of the Department’s operations, and enhance public confidence in the Department.
After an unsuccessful bid for judge in 2005, Judge Ceisler was a consultant for the Philadelphia School District on issues pertaining to student disciplinary policies and procedures. She then served as the Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office.
Judge Ceisler was elected to the bench in 2007. She served in the Criminal Trial Division for the first six years presiding over jury and non-jury trials involving major felonies. In February 2013, Judge Ceisler was assigned to the Civil Trial Division, Civil Motions Court, regarded as one of the busiest and most diverse Common Pleas Courts in Pennsylvania. In Civil Motions, Judge Ceisler was responsible for handling all aspects of civil litigation motions practice and civil “emergency” motions. Judge Ceisler also served in an appellate capacity handling appeals of City of Philadelphia Agencies determinations, including the Zoning Board, Board of Licenses and Inspections, Human Relations Commission, Civil Service Commission, Liquor Control Board, Board of Revision of Taxes, Parking Authority, among others. Judge Ceisler also is responsible for cases involving real estate including, but not limited to, Sheriff Sales (Mortgage and Tax foreclosures) and eminent domain matters. Judge Ceisler is currently presiding over major civil trials.
Judge Ceisler has been both a volunteer attorney and a Board member for the Support Center for Child Advocates, an Executive Board member for the Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, and a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Judge Ceisler resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. She is the proud mother of her son Daniel who is currently attending Temple Law, her daughter Hannah, who is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, and her dog Joey.