Mt. Pleasant Township lawyer to seek seat on Court of Common Pleas
Thomas Anderson sat in a Westmoreland County courtroom for a week last summer as his sister's husband went on trial for her murder.
He came away with a new appreciation for what families of victims go through during criminal court proceedings.
In announcing that he would run for one of three openings on Westmoreland County's Court of Common Pleas, Anderson, 44, of Mt. Pleasant Township said the experience also drove him to want to spend more time in the courtroom.
“It gave me a unique perspective,” Anderson said of the trial that ended with the first-degree murder conviction for his sister Rebecca's killer, David Stahl.
Anderson, a lawyer with the downtown Pittsburgh law firm of Thomson, Rhodes and Cowie, said he will rely on courtroom experience accrued during nearly two decades defending medical malpractice and employment discrimination cases.
His practice has primarily focused on civil litigation, he said.
“I think I can really make a difference. I've tried a lot of cases, and I have a lot of courtroom experience,” Anderson said. “I feel at home in the courtroom.”
He said he would like to concentrate on domestic abuse cases, an issue that hit home through the plight of his sister, who family members said was a victim of abuse by her husband during a rocky marriage.
Anderson, a Republican, is a graduate of West Virginia University and Duquesne University School of Law.
He said he will cross-file and run in the GOP and Democratic primaries May 19.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.