Meet Judge Kevin Brobson
Judge P. Kevin Brobson was elected to the Commonwealth Court in November 2009 and was commissioned and took the oath of office on January 4, 2010. In August 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania appointed him to serve a four-year term on the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania.
Prior to taking judicial office, Judge Brobson was a shareholder in the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, focusing his practice on commercial and administrative litigation. Judge Brobson represented clients on matters frequently considered by the Commonwealth Court, such as insurance and health care regulation, professional licensure, and government contracting. He represented numerous clients in cases before the Commonwealth Court and various Pennsylvania agencies. While in private practice, Judge Brobson received several professional recognitions. He was rated among the Best Lawyers in America in 2009 and 2010. He was a recipient of the Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly “Lawyers on the Fast Track” award and the Central Penn Business Journal “Forty Under 40” award.
In every aspect of his life, Judge Brobson has been a strong proponent of community and pro bono service. Prior to being commissioned Judge, he received awards and recognition from both the Dauphin County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association for his role in designing and implementing an innovative pro bono legal services program for nonprofits. He also served on the Middle Paxton Township Planning Commission and is a past chair and member of the Board of Directors of Jump Street, a nonprofit community arts and outreach organization. For six years, Judge Brobson served on the Advisory Board of The Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and served as Chair of the Advisory Board from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) presented Judge Brobson with the Diamond of Honesty Award, in recognition of his support for and commitment to the Four Diamonds and THON and to conquering childhood cancer.
Judge Brobson received his undergraduate degree from Lycoming College, magna cum laude. He graduated from Widener Commonwealth Law School (Widener Commonwealth) summa cum laude and second in his graduating class, where he also served as a managing editor of the school’s Law Review. In 2015, Judge Brobson was appointed to the Board of Advisors for Widener Commonwealth. Judge Brobson served as the Jurist-in-Residence at Widener Commonwealth from 2016 to 2018, teaching and lecturing on the complex intersection of legislation, regulation, policy, and the law. In addition to his Jurist-in-Residence duties, Judge Brobson has been a continuing legal education lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Inns of Court, and county bar associations.
Immediately following law school, Judge Brobson clerked for the late Honorable James McGirr Kelly, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Dauphin County Bar Association, and the James S. Bowman Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Born in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, Judge Brobson now resides just outside of Harrisburg in Middle Paxton Township, with his wife Lauren (Cotter) and their three children—Claire, Will, and Gabe.
Endorsements & Recommendations
Recommended for retention by the Pennsylvania Bar Association
"The candidate is recognized by members of the bar and bench as an excellent jurist who is even tempered, fair and knowledgeable. The candidate’s judicial opinions are well written, thorough and precise. . . . The commission recommends the candidate’s retention because of his consistent judicial excellence, even-keeled temperament, and commitment to the bar, bench and community at large." — PBA Judicial Evolution Commission
- The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association
- The Pennsylvania State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
- The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association
- Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court
Why Should You Care?
Do you have the right to know if a sexual predator has moved into your neighborhood? Can the state step in when a public school consistently produces students who fail to meet even the most basic of educational standards? Is your city, town or municipality’s elections board in need of modernization? These are types of questions that can be and are often brought before Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.
Commonwealth Court serves the people of Pennsylvania as the arbiter of fairness in government. It is often called upon to interpret the acts of the General Assembly and to review actions by the Commonwealth and local governments for legality, consistency, and fairness. This court has trial jurisdiction over all civil actions brought against or by the Commonwealth—i.e., disputes regarding home rule charters, constitutionality of laws, local ordinances, and other legislative or administrative actions taken by state or local governments.
Commonwealth Court also hears appeals from county trial courts on local government employment issues (civil service), tax assessment appeals, and zoning matters. Its appellate jurisdiction also extends to appeals from decisions by all state agencies in areas such as workers compensation and unemployment compensation, environmental permitting, public contracting and procurement, health and welfare, and public utilities.
For our citizens, Commonwealth Court decisions can dramatically affect daily life. This court often decides how we manage our natural and historic resources, educate our children, elect our public officials, distribute our social welfare benefits, and care for our elderly.
In the workplace, we can also feel the Commonwealth Court’s impact. Here, questions regarding health care, workers’ compensation, tax reform, environmental regulation and other regulatory matter are asked and answered. Employment rights afforded to public servants through state civil service laws are heard and decided by the Commonwealth Court. In many instances, Commonwealth Court serves as the court of last resort, with further review by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court only by permission rather than as of right.
We are all concerned about Pennsylvania’s future—for our families, employees, and employers. That’s why we commit our time and resources to electing legislators and a governor who understand our concerns. And yet, in many cases before the ink is even dry on major pieces of legislation such as Megan’s Law, the Gaming Law, and the Right to Know Law, their fate winds up in Commonwealth Court.
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The Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits Kevin Brobson from personally soliciting financial contributions to support his campaign. Therefore on behalf of the Retain Judge Brobson Committee, thank you for your interest in donating to our effort.
Your financial backing will help to provide us with the necessary tools for a concentrated, strategic, and winning retention. With your help, we will be able to communicate to the voters of Pennsylvania why Kevin Brobson should be retained to the Commonwealth Court.
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Retain Judge Brobson Committee
P.O. Box 93
Harrisburg, PA 17108