Marcoline announces run for judge

January 18, 2013

Attorney Peter Marcoline has joined the growing list of candidates hoping to win one of two vacant judicial seats on the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

“All litigants need to be treated fairly and impartially, which should be the very foundation of our judicial system,” said Marcoline, who announced his candidacy Friday. “I will bring a refreshing attitude and vitality to the bench.”

Marcoline, 35, has been practicing law in Washington County for 10 years. In 2004, he joined the law firm Blackwell & Associates.

Over the years, Marcoline has maintained a general practice, handling criminal defense, family law, personal injury, construction litigation, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency cases.

“Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity of appearing before countless judges in the county courts of Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Westmoreland and Fayette,” said Marcoline, who pointed out he also has appeared in federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, litigating serious criminal issues, and has filed and successfully argued numerous appeals in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, resulting in the errors of lower courts being corrected.

“In my career, I have prided myself in taking the time to understand each individual client’s issue,” he said. “Whether it was a minor traffic citation or a multimillion-dollar divorce, each one of my clients deserved and received my utmost attention.”

Marcoline added, “Regardless of the seriousness of the issue, it was recognized that each client’s case significantly impacted their lives. This same premise should be applied by a judge.”

Marcoline said he will apply his strong work ethic to assist in easing the burden on current judges, litigants, attorneys and court staff.

“The county currently faces great challenges. As a father of two young children, I want to ensure that they grow up in a safe and prosperous community where the judicial system maintains integrity and balance,” he said.

Marcoline is a 1995 graduate of Bethel Park High School. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College in 1999, and obtained his law degree from Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University in 2002.

While attending Dickinson, he studied international law and global intellectual property law at the University of Florence, Italy. Upon graduation from law school, he began a judicial clerkship in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

Marcoline is a member of the Washington County and Pennsylvania bar associations. He is actively involved with the Member Relations Committee and the Young Lawyers Division of the Washington County Bar Association.

“As past practice, the newly elected judges will handle family law and criminal matters,” he stated. “Because of my experience, I am ready, willing and able to handle those areas of the law and any other judicial assignments bestowed upon me.”

Although a registered Democrat, Marcoline plans to cross-file in the May primary, because he believes “political partiality has no place in a judicial election.”

Marcoline, his wife and two children live in South Strabane Township.

Linda Metz has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2000, covering Washington County courts and politics, as well as the city of Washington. She previously was employed by the Tribune Review. She is a graduate of Point Park College, now a university, in Pittsburgh.

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