Tom Capehart is a respected attorney and partner in a prominent Allentown law firm who has practiced law in Lehigh County for nearly 30 years. He will bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve county residents.
Tom’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.
Respected in the legal community and already proven at hearing legal cases as a Court Appointed Arbitrator, Tom has practiced extensively in the civil law area where our court is currently missing a Judge and will be ready to serve on day one. He has experience in litigation, real estate, business formation and transactions, contracts, divorce, family law, municipal law, bankruptcy, wills, trusts, estates and more.
Tom 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.
Tom has handled hundreds of cases in courts across more than 50 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. He is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania courts, as well as the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of the United States District Court of Pennsylvania.
Tom is a partner with Gross McGinley, LLP, a 30-plus lawyer general practice law firm based in Allentown.
Throughout his legal career, Tom has strived to provide fair and ethical legal advice to his clients and worked to treat opposing counsel and parties with respect. As Judge, this is a commitment he will continue so that everyone who comes before the bench knows they will be afforded a fair and impartial hearing.
Tom, 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.
Tom lives in Upper Milford Township with his wife, Michelle; they are the proud parents of two children, Matthew and Laura.
I am always asked why I decided to run for judge in Lehigh County. And for me, the answer is professional, personal, and community based.
After nearly 30 years of practice in Lehigh County and serving as a partner in a prominent, 30+ lawyer Allentown law firm Gross McGinley handling a myriad of legal cases, I felt serving the public as a judge in Lehigh County was the next step in my professional career.
Further, to be able to serve the citizens of Lehigh County as a judge is an extension of my long time commitment to community service, whether as an Elder at St. John's United Church of Christ in Emmaus, an officer in the Emmaus Lions Club, a board member with The Literacy Center or the Lehigh Conference of Churches, the Chair of the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, or PIAA football official.
I also endeavored to cultivate a reputation for honesty and fairness which I believe is positively reflected in my legal practice, and how I interact with clients, opposing counsel, parties, and the court.
So, I hope to bring my long and broad legal experience, commitment to community service, as well as my life experiences as a lawyer, husband, and father to help our community by serving as a Judge in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. It would be my highest honor and privilege to be selected as Lehigh County's next judge.