Neutral, Mediator and Arbitrator with ADR Options since 2006
Thomas A. Wallitsch was a Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge from 1991 to 2006. He has conducted almost 2000 mediation and arbitration matters since leaving the bench and is one of the busiest mediators/arbitrators in Pennsylvania.
From 1973 until assuming the bench, he was in private practice specializing in complex civil litigation and was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Judge Wallitsch has handled every type of civil case and has extensive experience in personal injury, professional negligence, commercial, employment and insurance disputes.
Judge Wallitsch served as Chair of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges for eight years. He is a frequent lecturer and author on issues relating to civil litigation including medical malpractice and the settlement of cases.
Judge Wallitsch is voted a 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyer for Arbitration in Pennsylvania
He received his B.A. from Dickinson College, his J.D. from Duquesne University, and his M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Judge Wallitsch has completed the National Judicial College’s course on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also served as Senior Judicial Advisor to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan for USAID’s Rule of Law Project and as Resident Judicial Liaison for the ABA’s Judicial Reform Program in Morocco.