John Capuzzi – Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge
John Capuzzi is a judge for the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. He has been serving since 2011.
Among his many achievements, John has spearheaded Second Chance Court, a voluntary pre-trial drug program. It gives offenders a second chance by diverting them into treatment as a condition of their bail.
Early Life and Education
John Capuzzi started out in the construction industry as a carpenter, building and maintaining residences, churches and commercial buildings. He later owned and operated a general contracting business that specialized in framing, finish work, fine woodwork and cabinetry.
Judge John Capuzzi was sworn in January 3, 2012 to a ten-year term on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. He earned a BA and MBA from LaSalle University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Widener University.
As a member of the bar, he was AV rated (highest legal ability and ethical standards) in Martindale Hubbell’s Lawyers Directory. He also received the Guy G. de Furia American Inn of Court award in recognition of the aforementioned trice. This honor was the result of his efforts on a number of significant cases, including the landmark lawsuits that led to the establishment of the first zoning hearing board in the United States.
As a judge, john capuzzi has helped tackle the opioid epidemic. He established Second Chance Court, a voluntary pre-trial bail program to help those who are suffering from addiction get the treatment they need.
He also serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, which analyzes demographic data to identify those who need help and develops programs that can help. When the department’s director, Danielle Hibberd, needed a partner who could help them use the data to make improvements, she reached out to john capuzzi.
As a lawyer, john capuzzi represented clients in personal injury, construction, medical malpractice and governmental relations cases. He also specialized in land use, zoning and tax assessment appeals. He was a partner at Imperatrice, Amarant, Capuzzi and Bell, P.C., and was AV rated (highest legal ability and ethical standards) in Martindale Hubbell.
Achievements and Honors
During his time on the bench, Judge John Capuzzi has earned many honors. His most notable accomplishments include the Second Chance Court, a program that helps tackle the opioid epidemic by giving those suffering from addiction the opportunity to enter a treatment program while on bail.
In addition, he is known for his ability to solve complex legal issues. He is a graduate of LaSalle University and completed his Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School in 1988.
He served as a partner in the firm Imperatrice, Amarant, Capuzzi & Bell from 2006 to 2011 before he was sworn in to serve on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. His legal experience includes a broad range of practice areas, including construction litigation, medical malpractice and governmental relations and regulatory review.
A resident of Broomall, Pennsylvania, John Capuzzi enjoys being involved in his community as a volunteer and an active member of several organizations. He currently serves as the Tax Collector of Marple Township and is also the Treasurer for Marple Newtown School District.
As a college athlete, Capuzzi played for the Ohio State Buckeyes women’s lacrosse team from 2012 to 2014. A two-time All-American and Tewaraaton Top 25 finalist during her career, she led the Scarlet and Gray in goals, draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.
After graduating from law school, Capuzzi worked as a Deputy Attorney General at the Torts Litigation Section of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. During his time there, he litigated major, complex cases for various state agencies.