Allentown born and raised, my family has called Lehigh County its home for five generations. My wife and I love raising our children here and think there is no place better.
I want to become a judge for Lehigh County to help others and serve my community. My father- in-law, the late Judge Franklin Van Antwerpen, who rose to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, the highest court for any judge from the Lehigh Valley, taught me how judges can use the rule of law to protect and serve others. It was through his influence that I’ve chosen to follow in his footsteps by using my legal abilities to benefit my community.
I graduated from the University of Vermont with double majors in Philosophy and English Literature. While in college, I fought for justice and basic human rights as the president of the school’s chapter of a worldwide organization for social good and as an editor of a student publication. I then attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where I was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence. While in law school, I worked for the Oregon Department of Justice, protecting children from abuse by using the legal system to shield them from their abusers and then to find them safe placement.
Upon graduating law school and passing the Pennsylvania bar, I served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Freedberg (ret.), then president judge of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. As a judicial clerk, I saw first-hand what it is like to be a judge presiding over a wide array of cases such as: civil rights, capital crimes, medical malpractice, domestic disputes, and much more. I continue to use the valuable lessons from that experience in my decisions while serving as a court-appointed arbitrator in both state and federal civil cases.
As a trial lawyer and partner at the local law firm Lesavoy Butz & Seitz, I represent individuals and businesses in a variety of legal matters ranging from contract and tort disputes, mergers and acquisitions, employment claims, complex tax appeals, lender liability defense cases, real estate disputes, zoning hearings, and orphan’s court matters. I have also served as court- appointed counsel in criminal cases involving juveniles.
In addition to my law practice, I make time for pro bono work that includes the representation of multiple non-profits in transactions and litigation. I am also honored to participate in the “Wills for Heroes” program to protect those who protect us by drafting free wills and estate planning documents for our nation’s fire fighters, police, and paramedics.
When not practicing law and spending time with my family, I volunteer weekly at a group home for adults with cognitive disabilities. I am also an active board member of a local school and the Bar Association of Lehigh County where I am a past president.