Meet Anthony Kyriakakis

Anthony in Courtyard

The son of immigrants

The son of Greek immigrants, Anthony was the first in his family to attend college. Anthony graduated from Yale University in 1998, with the help of a four-year scholarship from his father’s union, the Teamsters. Anthony understands the struggles that immigrant families face as they seek better lives for themselves.

Anthony with parents at his graduation

A career in public service

While at Harvard Law School, Anthony joined the Harvard Defenders, an organization where law students help represent low-income defendants. It was through this work that he became interested in pursuing a career in public advocacy. Anthony entered public service as a federal prosecutor and worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia for nearly a decade. Much of Anthony’s work focused on protecting vulnerable victims, including children. Now in private practice as a defense attorney, he devotes a large part of his practice to defending low-income Philadelphians.

Anthony in Court

A teacher and an advocate: committed to improving the justice system

Anthony teaches at Temple Law and Penn Law. In his courses, he lectures on some of the most pressing problems of our justice system, including high incarceration rates and the unequal treatment of defendants across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status.

As a volunteer for President Obama's Clemency Project, Anthony worked to identify non-violent offenders for early release from lengthy prison terms, working to lower the incarceration rate and giving second chances to many.

Anthony also recently testified before the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission against the implementation of a proposed risk assessment tool, because it could make racial inequities in our justice system even worse. 


A mentor and volunteer

Anthony knows that his career would not have been possible without his parents and so many others looking out for him along the way. That’s why he believes it’s so important for him to give back to his community. For nearly a decade, Anthony has served as a “Big Brother” through Big Brothers Big Sisters. He believes strongly in the organization and its positive impact on Philadelphia's children -- he was honored to be elected to its Board of Trustees.  Anthony also volunteers much of his time as a Child Advocate in family court, working pro bono to protect Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children.     
He is also on the board of the Center for Families and Relationships, a non-profit in Northeast Philadelphia that works to strengthen Philadelphia families by providing therapy and other services. Anthony is also proud to be a Trustee for the University of the Arts, which has nurtured the talents of generations of young Philadelphians. 

Anthony in community

A husband, father, and proud Philadelphian

Anthony has been married to his wife, Aleni, for over 12 years, and they have two young children. Anthony and his wife are proud to be Philadelphians and are grateful for all that our city has to offer. As a judge, Anthony Kyriakakis would serve with integrity. He would treat every single person who enters a Philadelphia courtroom with fairness, respect, and compassion. Anthony is proud to be a Democratic nominee for Judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Anthony and Aleni on their wedding day

Join us and help elect Anthony on November 5!