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Gawthrop Greenwood attorney and partner Anthony T. Verwey has won the nomination for Judge of the Common Pleas in Chester County.
Verwey was among five candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination for one of two seats on the Chester County Common Pleas Court bench. Only the top two vote-getters from each party will continue on to the ballot in the November General Election.
Verwey told the Daily Local News that his 31 years in practice have enabled him to adeptly transition from one area of the law to the next. He also says, “I believe having been raised in poverty, serving in the military, and then putting myself through college and law school gives me a unique perspective.”
Common Pleas judges hear trial cases in all fields of the law including criminal, civil and family. They may also be asked to rule on constitutional issues, but must always impartially apply the law to the facts of each individual court case.
Gawthrop Greenwood has produced six judges in its history, including the first female judge in Chester County, 11 presidents of the Chester County Bar Association and dozens of prominent lawyers whose commitment to unparalleled service has long distinguished them across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Verwey is a member of Gawthrop Greenwood’s Real Estate, Municipal and Litigation departments. With a focus on real estate development, eminent domain, government and school law, he has nearly 30 years of experience navigating government regulations on behalf of developers, property owners, municipalities, appointed officials, school districts and boards. In addition to successfully obtaining land development approvals on both large- and small-scale projects, Verwey has also litigated real estate taxation, digital billboard and telecommunication matters. His practice also includes appeals addressing constitutional and other complex issues. He is the author of numerous articles, and a frequent speaker before township supervisors, legislative committees and chambers of commerce on a variety of topics.
Verwey has volunteered his time on the board of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he co-founded the organization’s Trial Run 5K. The event has raised more than $200,000 since its inception for the provision of legal services to the disadvantaged.
Verwey is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he serves on the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, as well as of the Chester County Bar Association and its Municipal and Real Estate Law sections. He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University.