Jason Rubin is a Democratic candidate for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He grew up in a middle-class home with hard-working parents who did not attend college. His father worked for General Electric fixing major appliances for 35 years, and his mother worked as a secretary for county government. Both were proud union members, IBEW and AFSCME, respectively, and instilled a strong work ethic in Jason and his sister, a nursing home social worker and AFSCME member.
Jason worked hard, excelled in high school, and received academic scholarships to attend Cornell University. After being employed in a union civil service job for a year, Jason decided to pursue a law career, and Penn Law was his first choice. He graduated from Penn, where he represented indigent clients in the school’s Food Stamp and Civil Practice Clinics.
After graduating, Jason clerked in the Court of Common Pleas for the esteemed Honorable G. Craig Lord. In this position, he assisted Judge Lord with a dozen civil trials, prepared draft opinions, and attended hundreds of settlement conferences. Following his clerkship, Jason entered into private practice at the firm currently known as Goldberg, Miller & Rubin, a civil litigation firm. In his career of well over two decades, he has handled several thousand civil cases. He has practiced before dozens of Philadelphia judges and has tried several cases to verdict. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Thomsen Reuters every year since 2016.
After training as a mediator in 2017, Jason decided to devote more of his time to pro bono, volunteer work, mediation, and arbitration. Since 2021, he has committed 10% of his time, almost 500 hours, to pro bono and volunteer legal work.
To hone his skills for eventual service as a judge, Jason volunteers as Judge Pro Tempore with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He has mediated over one hundred and fifty cases in this role, where he works with parties to assist them in resolving their matters before trial. Jason has successfully facilitated settlement in many of these matters, conserving valuable judicial resources.
He also volunteers to mediate lawyer fee dispute claims as part of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s program to assist clients dissatisfied with the amount charged for legal services. Jason volunteers with the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing the interests of children involved in dependency matters. He also works with Philadelphia VIP, which serves clients who cannot afford to pay for legal assistance. He is on Philadelphia County’s most recent Honor Roll for his Pro Bono service.
Jason is passionate about the city he has chosen to make his home for nearly three decades. He has lived in several neighborhoods and has made his home in Bella Vista for almost two decades, where he resides with his wife and two daughters, who attend public school. Jason is co-President of the Friends of Cianfrani Park and regularly volunteers in park cleanups and neighborhood initiatives.
You can find Jason walking and running around his neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. He enjoys his proximity to restaurants, shops, and the Italian Market. He and his family enjoy spending time in local parks and attending festivals and events that make our city great.