John C. Uhler, Retired Judge

Of Counsel | Attorney


John Uhler – (Of Counsel) is a retired Judge and member of CGA Law Firm’s Litigation group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, estate litigation, Orphan’s Court matters and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He is an accredited mediator and arbitrator. He has presented and lectured on topics ranging from advanced civil practice, juvenile law, fair trial free press, and professional ethics. John has also served as an expert witness in professional ethics and education law.

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. He also handled Orphan’s Court matters and estates. John served as the elected York County District Attorney from 1978 to 1982 and was a federal prosecutor, opening the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg, PA in 1972. He served as a senior law clerk for Federal Judge R. Dixon Herman of the Middle District.

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 12 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 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 him to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice to develop appropriate recommendations for juvenile justice reform. 

John is also the 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 dropouts. 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 him the PLAN Excellence Award in 2014 for his work in support of those served by the civil legal programs of the network.  

He is a recipient of many other distinguished awards in York County including recipient of the Elected Official of the Year in 2009 by the York County Chamber of Commerce and Crispus Attucks Association’s 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.

John is serving as President of the York County Bar Foundation for 2021 and 2022. The upcoming year is the 140th anniversary of the York County Bar Association and the 30th anniversary of the York County Bar Foundation.

Direct Phone Number

(717) 718-3970

Community Involvement
  • York County Bar Foundation, President
  • ABA-ADR Section
  • Crispus Attucks Association, Board of Directors
  • York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, Founder and Chairman
Awards and Honors
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Sales & Sales Financing, Article 2 & Article 9 of the UCCCivil Mediation Certificate, National Judicial College
  • Senior Clerkship, Honorable R. Dixon Herman, U.S. District Court for the Middle District, Harrisburg, PA
  • Bucknell University, B.S.B.A, Accounting, 1966
    • Dean’s List – Omicron Delta Kappa
    • President, Student-Faculty Congress
  • The official of the Year 2009 by the York County Chamber of Commerce
  • Crispus Attucks Aunt Lovie Jamison Award in 2004
  • Salvation Army’s Years of Outstanding Service to the Community Award in 2011
  • United Way’s Community Builder Award in 2011
  • National Judicial College, 2008
  • J.D., Dickinson School of Law, 1969
  • Bucknell University, B.S.B.A, Accounting, 1966
  • Hebert B. Cohen Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Founder
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • York County Bar Foundation, President, Board of Directors (2021-2022)
  • York County Bar Association, Board of Directors, former President
  • York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, Founder and Chairman