Hon. James J. Panchik is a judge for the Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. He was elected to the bench in 2007 and retained in 2017.
During his judicial tenure, Panchik has served as the president judge in Armstrong County. For a time, he was the only full-time judge on the county’s Court of Common Pleas.
He received a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979. Panchik went on to complete a J.D. at Duquesne University School of Law in 1982.
Prior to joining the judiciary, he had maintained a solo practice for twenty-five years. In that capacity, Panchik had a general law practice that emphasized civil and criminal litigation, administrative law, real estate, and the administration of personal estates. In addition to his solo practice, Panchik worked as the chief public defender with the Armstrong County Public Defender's Office for four years beginning in 1985.
He also acted for several years as a solicitor for Armstrong County and the Armstrong County Industrial Development Authority and was a solicitor for the Mahoning Township, the Applewold Borough Zoning Hearing Board, the Sugarcreek Township Zoning Hearing Board, and the Ford City Borough Municipal Authority.
His memberships included the Board of Directors of the Indiana/Armstrong Commission on Drugs and Alcohol, ARC Manor, the Ukrainian Technological Society, and the United Way of Armstrong County (past president).
While on the bench, Panchik has been a panelist on The National Business Institute’s “What Judges Want You to Know” as well as the Clarion University Continuing Legal Education Judges Panel and the Biannual Pennsylvania Bar Institute family law panel.
Panchik was also a moot court judge and a panelist on the “A Day in the Life” panel at Duquesne University School of Law and sat on the Board of Governors for the law school.
He had his wife, Beth, have five children.