Dan was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the city’s Morningside neighborhood. His childhood prepared him for a lifetime of service and leadership. The oldest of eight children, he learned responsibility at an early age. Dan’s late father, Pittsburgh Police K-9 instructor Daniel J. Konieczka, Sr., instilled dedication to public service in Dan that continues to this day. His late mother, Sheila Konieczka taught Dan that patience is a virtue. Dan attended Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1978.
Dan put himself through college by working as an employee of the City of Pittsburgh’s Parks and Recreation Department. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his law degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1986.
Dan continued the family’s dedication to public service and the rule of law. After graduating, he accepted a position with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Starting in the General Trial Unit, Dan was quickly promoted to the Narcotics Unit. Recognizing his leadership and legal ability, the office trusted Dan with several supervisory roles including, the General Trial; Pretrial; ARD; PDQ; Municipal Court; and Violent Crime, Firearm and Narcotics Units. Dan earned promotion to Deputy District Attorney.
Dan’s talents have been recognized by multiple agencies. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Dan worked with Assistant United States Attorneys, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and several other law enforcement agencies in the investigation, indictment and successful prosecution of the LAW (Larimer Avenue—Wilkinsburg) gang. The Attorney General of the United States personally presented Dan the Director’s Award for Superior Performance in recognition of his contributions. In addition, the multi-jurisdictional Violent Crime & Firearm Task Force (VCFTF) frequently sought Dan’s legal counsel. Dan continues to be a legal instructor for the District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET),
In 2011, Dan entered private practice as a partner in a law firm comprised of former prosecutors, DeLuca, Ricciuti & Konieczka. He focused his practice on counseling clients on legal matters in Western Pennsylvania on the local, state and federal levels.
Commitment to the community has always been a priority for Dan. Dan has been a continuing legal education (CLE) instructor throughout his legal career, teaching subjects ranging from understanding driving under the influence statutes to the pitfalls in the use of confidential informants. He has mentored many of the brightest young legal minds in Allegheny County. Dan has also served on the Shaler Civil Service Commission from 2012-2016.
Desiring to return to public service, Dan ran in the 2017 primary for the open seat in magisterial district 05-2-03 (Shaler, Etna, Millvale, and Reserve). Dan won the Democratic and Republican primaries, the general election, and was sworn in as a Magisterial District Judge in January, 2018. A former prosecutor and defense attorney and now a sitting Judge, Dan has experienced all aspects of our criminal justice system. This unique perspective has prepared him for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas. On January 11, 2021, Dan earned a “highly recommended” rating from the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Dan is joyfully married to his beautiful wife, Maureen (Barrett) a city gal herself, growing up in Greenfield and graduating from Allderdice High School. Married for 34 years, they are not blessed with children of their own, but he is self-titled “favorite uncle” to his nineteen nephews and nieces. A sports enthusiast, Dan growing up played baseball and basketball, but his passion was ice hockey. He played in high school, college and in adult leagues even after hip-replacement and two neck surgeries. He once opened to a jury on a Monday with two healthy arms and closed to the jury on Tuesday with his one arm in a sling (broken wrist – hockey game Monday night). To this day, some colleagues believe this was just a ruse to gain sympathy from the jury.
Dan is always willing to help. When one of his best friend’s son was killed in a vehicle accident, he along with other close friends joined together to create a charity in the son’s memory to raise money to financially assist high school graduates to attend college. He is very proud that he was able organize a fund raising and a show-of-support event for a colleague that suffered a brain aneurysm that was a huge boost to the family’s morale.