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Thomas A. Burkhart

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Biography

Thomas A. Burkhart is originally from Western Pennsylvania, and grew up in Mercer, PA, the county seat of Mercer County. Tom graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and History. He received his law degree from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 2010. While in law school, Tom received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for having achieved the highest graded score in Civil Procedure, and for the highest graded score in Jurisprudence. Tom also served as the Presiding Judge for the Moot Court Executive Board and was the trial team coach for the Burke E. Smith Trial Advocacy Team. 
 
After graduating from law school, Tom practiced law in Mercer County with the firm of Lewis and Ristvey, where he practiced in the areas of social security, personal injury, criminal defense, commercial and general civil litigation. While at Lewis and Ristvey, Tom was nominated for the Sharon Herald “Best of the Best” for Attorney/Legal Services in 2012, 2015, and 2017. 
 
Tom and his wife Amanda moved to Central Pennsylvania after Amanda accepted a position as Assistant District County for Centre County, a position she has held since July 2016. After moving to Central Pennsylvania, Tom worked as an attorney with Centre Safe, where he represented claimants in Title IX proceedings at Penn State University. Tom has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Lycoming County and Blair County, where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor level crimes, including violent crimes, drug offenses, and DUI. 

Tom assists Attorney Holland in his role as solicitor for the Williamsport Area School District, South Williamsport Area School District, Montoursville School District, and BLaST Intermediate Unit #17. His practice is concentrated in the areas of school law, real estate, business/commercial law, estate planning and administration, and civil litigation. Tom is admitted to practice before the state courts of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law

Education

  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2010
  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2020

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney

Past Positions

  • Lycoming County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2018 to 2019
  • Blair County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2019 to 2020

Professional Associations

  • Lycoming County Bar Association, Member, 2020 to Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Theta Chi