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Attorney Anthony S. Dedola Jr., candidate for judge in Fayette County

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Uniontown attorney with more than three decades' experience practicing law is running for Fayette County judge.

Anthony S. Dedola Jr. is seeking one of two open seats on the bench. The seats are vacant because formerJudges Ralph Warman and Gerald Solomon retired.

Dedola, 60, has practiced law in Fayette County since 1979, starting out with criminal defense work before focusing on civil law.

“My first 10 years of practice was devoted to criminal law,” Dedola said, noting he tried five homicide cases during that time. “But after that, I did a little bit of everything.”

Dedola said he developed an area of expertise in child dependency law, first as an attorney who represented children's interests and later as solicitor for the county's Children and Youth Services agency, a position he has held since 1989.

He has experience in municipal law, having served as solicitor for Brownsville Township since 1982. In his private practice, he said, he continues to handle some criminal cases, but is focused primarily on family law, estates, real estate, bankruptcies and other civil matters.

“I can offer the residents of Fayette County the maximum in terms of experience,” Dedola said, noting the various areas of the law in which he has experience. “All of the areas I cover are the things our courts deal with day in, and day out.”

He said he has fostered a reputation as a fair-minded attorney with an even temperament and demeanor.

“That's the kind of person you want on the bench, to treat the people who come before you fairly, and to be courteous and civil to the attorneys who represent them.”

Dedola grew up in Brownsville but has lived in Uniontown for the past 25 years with his wife, Theresa. A graduate of Duquesne Law School, he said he turned down an offer to work for a Pittsburgh law firm after he became an attorney so he could stay in Fayette County.

“I figured my roots were here, and I wanted to come back here,” Dedola said. “I've never regretted it.”

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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