About Dan Ronca

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Temple University School of Law; J.D.

  • Attended 1983-1986.
  • Moot Court Honor Society

The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. in Political Science with Honors

  • Attended 1979-1983.

Wissahickon High School, diploma 1979.

Admitted to Practice in the following jurisdictions with year of admission

  • New York: 1986
  • Pennsylvania: 1990
  • U.S. District Court, ED PA: 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Assistant District Attorney, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY; 1986-1990.
  • Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania, Civil Division; 1990-1993.
  • Prudential Property & Casualty, Trial Attorney; 1993-2000.
  • Rubin Glickman & Steinberg; Associate: 2000-2004.
  • Cozen O’Connor; Member; 2004-2008
  • Sattin Ronca & Cornelison, LLC; Partner; 2008 to present

Detailed work experience:

In his first several years of practice, Dan served as a prosecutor in a major urban office with a national reputation and handled numerous criminal trials, both bench and jury, misdemeanor, and felony, to completion. Dan tried many felony jury trials up to and including a successful attempted murder conviction. He then moved to practicing civil litigation for 10 years, including numerous jury trials, first representing the agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Deputy Attorney General and later representing the insureds of a large property and casualty insurance company. Dan’s last 22 years of practice have been devoted almost exclusively to family law matters including divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution, Protection from Abuse actions, and a number of adoption cases and guardianships. He has been appointed counsel in Juvenile Dependency Court matters representing parents. Dan has served as a private divorce mediator and arbitrator and has served for many years on the Montgomery County Court’s Mediation Advisory Panel, which advises the Court and oversees the county’s Mandatory Custody Mediation Program. He has also been regularly selected by the Family Court to act as a parenting coordinator, making custody decisions in high conflict cases with parties who have repeatedly resorted to custody litigation.

Quasi-Judicial experience

  • Dan has served in a quasi-judicial capacity on the five member Whitpain Township Zoning Hearing Board in 2020 and 2021.
  • Dan has also acted in a quasi-judicial capacity as an arbitrator in Montgomery County in civil matters and was chosen as a neutral arbitrator in insurance cases before 2000. He has been regularly chosen by the Court to act as a parenting coordinator, at which time he was charged to make limited custody decisions in high conflict cases where the parties have a history of being repeatedly unable to resolve their custody matters. Dan also served on the Montgomery County Court’s Working Group, in which he assisted in the establishment of local rules for the implementation of the state-wide reintroduction of parenting coordination.
  • Dan has also served in the formulation and implementation of the most recent Montgomery County custody and support procedures in 2019.

Bar Association involvement

  • Pennsylvania Bar: Family Law Section Member
  • Montgomery Bar: Member since 1990. Served as Director; former Executive Committee member; member and former Chair of the Family Law Section (2008); current co-chair of the Managing Partner Committee; former Editor of the Sidebar; Former Chair of the American Citizenship Committee; current member of the Bench Bar Committee; member of the Membership Committee; former Nominating Committee member; former Judiciary Committee member; former Diversity Committee member; former Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee member.


  • Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2008-2023.
  • Received the highest recommendation available, "Highly Recommended" from the Montgomery Bar Association for the office of Common Pleas Court Judge. 

Recommendations for Judicial Office

  • Rated by the Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee as Highly Recommended to serve as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, the highest recommendation available, in 2019, 2021 and 2023. To be rated as highly recommended, at least 80% of the committee must agree that a candidate possesses superior qualifications. In 2019 and 2023, Dan was one of only two candidates to receive that honor and in 2021, he was the only candidate to be rated as highly recommended by the Bar.
  • ENDORSED unanimously by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee in 2023.

Community involvement

  • Whitpain Township, Zoning Hearing Board member. (2020-2021)
  • Whitpain Township, Mermaid Lake Master Planning Committee member. (2020)
  • Team4Whitpain, political finance committee; treasurer. (2017 to 2022)
  • Montgomery County Democratic Party; Co-Area 14 Leader (2021-2022); Committeeperson (1993-2001 and 2005 to 2022); Fall Dinner Committee (2019), Golf Outing Committee (2019, 2020), Diversity Committee (2019).
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Ambler: Former Member of the Rector Search/Discernment Committee (2019); Current member of Church Restoration Committee established in 2020 after massive storm damage; volunteer for Interfaith Housing Initiative which provides food and housing for families on the church campus while they await permanent housing (2019); Stewardship speaker (2019).
  • Church of St. Jude & the Nativity; (1990-2018), Rector’s Warden,(2008-2015); Vestry Member, Stewardship chair, choir.
  • Whitpain Recreation Association: Treasurer; board member 2008-2011.
  • Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club; volunteer stroke and turn judge, 2008-2016; volunteer Starter Judge 2016.
  • Harmony Theater; (a theater company for adults with disabilities), volunteer in various capacities since 2013, including facilities crew
  • Trojan Aquatics Board Member; 2012-2016.