John C. Uhler

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As a member of CGA Law Firm's Litigation group, John C. Uhler focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, Orphans Court matters and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He is an accredited mediator.

Prior to his election to the trial court bench in 1989, John was in private practice, litigating a range of civil matters including trademark, antitrust, security fraud, tax litigation, and white collar crime, in addition to handling Orphans Court matters and estates. He served as the York County District Attorney from 1978 to 1982 and was a federal prosecutor, opening the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg in 1972.

As a state trial judge, John presided over complex civil and criminal matters, and juvenile court proceedings for over two decades, prior to assuming senior judge status in 2010. From 1996 to 2001, he served as President Judge and Orphan’s Court Judge. As an active member of the Conference of Pennsylvania State Trial Judges, John served for years on the State Trial Judges Ethics Committee, which responds to and issues advisory opinions on judicial ethics matters raised by common pleas judges and judicial candidates.

During his tenure as juvenile court judge, John made outstanding contributions to the welfare and futures of at-risk youth and their families throughout the Commonwealth. In 1998, he formed Pennsylvania’s first juvenile Mental Health Court program, JUMP, which was recognized by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission’s Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court Operated Program of the Year Award in 2005. Governor Ed Rendell appointed John to the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision in 2009. In the wake of investigations around the juvenile justice scandal in Luzerne County, the State Senate appointed Uhler to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice to develop appropriate recommendations for reform. 

John is also founder and chairman of the award-winning York County’s Truancy Prevention Initiative, which brings together the school districts, Children and Youth Services, social services agencies, probation officers, parents and the courts to address truancy, its impact on delinquency and high school drop-outs. The York County Youth Truancy Reduction Program has become a model for the Commonwealth. For his distinguished advocacy on behalf of children and youth, John was honored with the Child Advocate of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee in 2011. The Pennsylvania Legal Services Network awarded Uhler the PLAN Excellence Award in 2014 for his work in support of those served by the civil legal programs of the network.  

John is recipient of many other distinguished awards in York County, including recipient of the Elected Official of the Year 2009 by the York County Chamber of Commerce and Crispus Attucks Aunt Lovie Jamison Award in 2004. He also received the Salvation Army's Years of Outstanding Service to the Community Award and the United Way’s Community Builder Award in 2011.

As a member of CGA Law Firm's Litigation group, John C. Uhler focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, Orphans Court matters and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He is an accredited mediator.

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Education and Honors: 
Bucknell University, B.S.B.A, Accounting, 1966
• Dean's List - Omicron Delta Kappa
• President, Student Faculty Congress
Penn State Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1969
American Jurisprudence Award, Sales & Sales Financing, Article 2 & Article 9 of the UCC
National Judicial College, 2008
Accredited Mediator Certification
Bar Admissions: 
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, November 19, 1969
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, July 20, 1970
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, November 14, 1972
The Supreme Court of the United States of America, December 4, 1978
Professional Affiliations: 
Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association, Board of Directors
York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, Founder and Chairman
ABA-ADR Section

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