Uniontown attorney to campaign for bench
Uniontown attorney Jack Purcell on Friday announced his candidacy as a judge for Fayette County Common Pleas Court.
Purcell, 55, has been practicing law for nearly three decades. He has been a partner with the Uniontown law firm of Davis & Davis for 22 years.
He will seek one of two open seats on the bench. Judges Ralph Warman and Gerald Solomon retired last year and are working part time as senior judges.
A registered Democrat, Purcell will seek the Republican and Democratic nominations in the May 21 primary.
Purcell has briefed and argued over 100 appellate cases, including six cases before the state Supreme Court.
He has litigated cases in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Purcell's expertise includes medical malpractice, insurance coverage and employee benefits.
“I have a strong work ethic, instilled by my parents. I think I have developed a great deal of common sense and of fairness and right and wrong,” he said.
Purcell serves as solicitor for 12 municipal bodies and social service agencies.
At Frazier School District, Purcell wrote and provided the legal justification for the district's anti-nepotism policy.
At the Fayette County Housing Authority, he has guided the board in its enforcement of the “One Strike and You Are Out” eviction law.
“(Purcell's) commitment is evident through his 20 years of service on the board of the Southwestern Legal Services Corporation, an organization that provides legal representation to low-income persons in civil cases,” former Judge Fred C. Adams said in a news release.
Purcell is a lector at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown and volunteers at the East End Concerned Citizens group. He is a member of the Order of Sons of Italy in America, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge.
Purcell is a graduate of Brownsville Area High School, Penn State University and West Virginia University College of Law. He is married to Annamarie (Perry) Purcell of Uniontown. The couple has one daughter.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or email@example.com.
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