Judge Alexander Bicket is the newest Allegheny County PA Family Division
judge. His judicial suffix is 009. Judge Bicket replaces Judge Ignelzi,
who has transferred to Criminal Division.
Judge Bicket was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He left South
Africa in 1982 and attended Columbia University in New York where he completed
his Masters Degree in Psychology. He then moved to Pittsburgh and has
lived in the Pittsburgh area for the past 29 years. Judge Bicket became
a US citizen in 1988.
His first 7 years in Pittsburgh were spent teaching English and Latin
at Fox Chapel High School where he also served on the collective bargaining
team and grievance committee for the local teachers' union. While
teaching at Fox Chapel High School, Judge Bicket attended the night program
at Duquesne University School of Law. After graduating from law school
in 1988, he became an associate at the law firm of Zimmer Kunz PLLC where
he has practiced as a trial lawyer for the past 23 years in the area of
civil litigation, mainly insurance litigation. He was a partner at Zimmer
Kunz for 15 years.
As a trial lawyer, Judge Bicket handled thousands of cases. He represented
corporations and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants, but did
not practice family law. He has taught at Duffs Business School and the
paralegal program at Duquesne University and served as a Special Master
to a federal judge.
Judge Bicket has been married for 20 years to Susan Mosites Bicket. They
live in the South Hills with 2 children, Ian (17) and Kalli (12).
In the recent election, Judge Bicket was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post
Gazette and received a "highly recommended" rating from the
Allegheny County Bar Association. Judge Bicket competed against several
opponents in the primary election on May 17. He cross-filed with the Republican
and Democratic parties and won the second highest percentage of votes
in both primaries, 27.4% and 23.8%, respectively. Because he was competing
for one of two open seats, he advanced to the general election. Judge
Bicket was elected after running unopposed on November 8, 2011.