Judge Daniel Baranoski has served as a Magisterial District Judge in Bucks County since 2008 and was appointed to the Court of Judicial Discipline by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on November 5, 2020.
Judge Daniel Baranoski grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. After graduating in the top 20 of the 456 in his class from Archbishop Ryan High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University, having been bestowed with Magna Cum Laude honors, in 1987. Judge Baranoski also attended West Chester University towards a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management and the University of Phoenix in pursuit of a Master of Science Degree in Administration. He was later accepted into Temple Beasley School of Law in 2013.
Judge Baranoski was hired by the Middletown Township Police Department in 1985 and attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, where he was president of his graduating class. He was promoted in 1990 to the rank of Detective and has had a distinguished career as a member of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division. He has extensive experience investigating such major crimes as homicide, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, theft and fraud. Dan’s specialty, however, is in drug law enforcement. He has considerable training in narcotics investigation and has made some of the biggest drug and asset seizures in Bucks County’s history. He was also a sworn Bucks County Detective, Drug Enforcement Administration Agent, and United States Customs Officer as many of his cases went national and international. In 1991, Dan Baranoski was named Police Officer of the Year for his efforts in drug abuse prevention in the community. He won the Service to the Community Award for 2003 for creating the NAIVE Program, an award-winning, drug education and prevention program. In 2006, Dan was awarded with the National Liberty Museum\’s Award of Valor.
Dan has also been a volunteer for several community organizations, such as Bucks County Community Foundation (President 2016 to Present), Hulmeville Soccer, the Middletown Community Foundation (President 2011-2013), Easter Seals, the Middletown Township Drug and Alcohol Commission, the NAIVE Program, and Our Lady of Grace Church, the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission (Chairman 2012-2014) among others.
Because of Dan’s unique experience with drug law enforcement, drug education and drug prevention throughout the community, he has been a proponent and leader in the drug court diversion process in Bucks County to combat the opioid crisis. Judge Baranoski is also respected as a jurist among his peers. He was President of the Bucks County Magisterial District Judge Association from 2010-2011 and has been active in the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania (SCJAP), having been elected into leadership roles by over 515 judges across the Commonwealth and served as President of the SCJAP from 2020-2021.
Judge Baranoski resides in Langhorne, Pennsylvania with his wife Kathleen and two daughters, Jessica and Julie. Kathleen is employed in the title insurance business doing real estate settlements. Jessica recently graduated Holy Family University in Philadelphia with her dual honors degree in Teaching and Biology while Julie is studying Business at the University of Pittsburgh.