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.