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Susan Peikes Gantman

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Susan Peikes Gantman
Current Court Information:
Pennsylvania Superior Court
Title:   Judge
Salary:  $
Active:   2004-2023
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   Before joining court
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Pennsylvania
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   University of Pennsylvania, 1974
Law School:   Villanova School of Law, 1977
Grad. School:   University of Pennsylvania, 1974
Candidate 2013:
Candidate for:  Superior Court
Position:  Retention
State:  Pennsylvania
Election information 2013:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/5/2013
Retention vote %:  69.4% ApprovedA

Susan Peikes Gantman is a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She was elected to a ten-year term on the court in November 2003 (effective the following January). She was retained in 2013 for a term that expires in 2023.[1]

2013 election

Gantman was retained to the Superior Court with 69.4% of the vote on November 5, 2013.(99% of districts reporting)[2][3]

Bar Association rating

Yes check.svg The Pennsylvania Bar Association rated Gantman as recommended for retention.[4]


Gantman received both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. She then received her J.D. from the Villanova School of Law in 1977.[1][5]


  • 2004-2013: Judge, Pennsylvania Superior Court
  • 1998-2003: Senior member and Co-chair, Family Law Section, Cozen & O'Connor
  • 1991-1998: Partner, Sherr, Joffe & Zuckerman
  • 1981-1991: Attorney in private practice
  • 1978-1981: Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County
  • 1978-2002: Solicitor, Montgomery County Housing and Community Development
  • 1978-2002: Solicitor, Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth
  • 1977-1978: Judicial law clerk, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas[1]

Awards and associations


  • 2011: Anne X. Alpern Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2008: Margaret Richardson Award, Montgomery Bar Association
  • 2006: Honoree, Villanova Law Alumni Association
  • 1974: Harnwell Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, Outstanding Service Award
  • Juvenile Advisory Association Award
  • Federation Award
  • Bond of Faith, Temple Beth Hillel Beth El[5]


  • American, Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation, Taxis Circle
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Villanova University School of Law, Inns of Court, Master[1]



Gantman was elected to the Superior Court in 2004. She was one of three candidates on the Republican ticket and won by only 28 votes, narrowly defeating John J. Driscoll. Because of the close vote tally, the election was contested.[6][7]

Candidate Party ticket Number of votes Vote Percentage Won
Seamus P. McCaffery Democratic 1,141,420 17.48% ApprovedA
Jack Panella Democratic 1,140,891 17.47% ApprovedA
Susan Peikes Gantman Republican 1,125,543 17.24% ApprovedA
John J. Driscoll Democratic 1,125,515 17.24%
Grainger Bowman Republican 1,017,132 15.58%
Palmer Dolbin Republican 979,033 14.99%

See also

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