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Capehart seeks seat on Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Tom Capehart, a partner in an Allentown law firm, has announced his candidacy for judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

An attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart says he would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County. Capehart, a registered Republican, says he is running as a further extension of his longtime 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 says.

Capehart is a graduate of Emmaus High School, and 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 has provided a range of legal services in litigation, business, real estate, divorce/matrimonial law, municipal law, and wills, trusts and estate matters.

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

Capehart dedicates significant time to civic groups such as the East Penn Chamber of Commerce of which he is a 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, and which awarded him the Melvin Jones Award for dedicated service.

“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 said. Capehart, 54, lives in Upper Milford Township with his wife, Michelle.

They are the parents of two children, Matthew and Laura.