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Thomas Capehart announces candidacy for judge Cites almost 30 years of broad-based legal experience

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Tom Capehart, a partner in a prominent Allentown law firm, announced his candidacy for Judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. A respected attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County.

Capehart, a registered Republican, said he is running as a further extension of his long time commitment to community service.

“My active involvement in our community coupled with my nearly 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of the law makes me uniquely qualified to effectively deal with the issues that come before the Court.”

Capehart is a proud graduate of Emmaus High School, and graduated from Dickinson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of Akron School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. He is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania courts, as well as the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of the United States District Court, and the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Capehart is a partner with Gross McGinley, LLP, a 33 lawyer general practice law firm based in Allentown. During his legal career, Capehart has provided a range of legal services in litigation, business, real estate, divorce/matrimonial law, municipal law, and wills, trusts and estate matters. Capehart’s work has earned him the highest possible ethical rating from a national attorney review organization, as well as a “Distinguished” peer rating for high professional achievement.

“Throughout my legal career, I have strived to provide fair and ethical legal advice to my clients and worked to treat opposing counsel and parties with respect. As judge, this is a commitment I will continue so that everyone who comes before the bench knows they will be afforded fair and impartial justice,” Capehart stated.

“I am committed to following the law, and applying it to the facts of the each case,” Capehart said in explaining his philosophy. “I will ensure fair hearings for all by following the laws as written and will not legislate from the bench.”

Capehart, a lifelong resident of the Emmaus community, dedicates significant time to civic groups such as the East Penn Chamber of Commerce (board member and past president), the Board of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, which provides housing and food for the underprivileged and the Emmaus Lions Club (whose primary mission is to help the blind and visually impaired) which awarded him the Melvin Jones Award for dedicated service. He has also served as a PIAA football official for nearly two decades officiating high school football in the EPC and Colonial Leagues.

“It would be an honor to serve Lehigh County as the next judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Having spent my life here, having raised my children here, and having given my time in making our community stronger, I am well prepared to serve the people of Lehigh County.”

Capehart, 54, lives in Upper Milford Township with his wife, Michelle; they are the proud parents of two children, Matthew and Laura.