York, PA (September 2014) – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that John C. Uhler, who stepped down as Senior Judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas in August, has joined the firm. As a member of CGA’s litigation department, Judge Uhler will focus his areas of practice on complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, Orphans Court matters, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as an accredited mediator.
Prior to his election to the trial court bench in 1989, Uhler 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. Uhler served as the District Attorney for York County 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, Uhler 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, Uhler 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.
Uhler, during his tenure as juvenile court judge, made outstanding contributions to the welfare and futures of at-risk youth and their families throughout the Commonwealth. In 1998, Uhler 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 Judge Uhler 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.
Uhler 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, Uhler 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.
He 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.
CGA law firm is proud to welcome Judge Uhler, a distinguished member of the bench, bar, and community.