ShareThis Page
Mt. Pleasant Township lawyer to seek seat on Court of Common Pleas |

Mt. Pleasant Township lawyer to seek seat on Court of Common Pleas

| Saturday, January 10, 2015 12:01 a.m
Tom Anderson is a candidate for judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County.

Thomas Anderson sat in a Westmoreland County courtroom for a week last summer as his sister’s husband went on trial for her murder.

He came away with a new appreciation for what families of victims go through during criminal court proceedings.

In announcing that he would run for one of three openings on Westmoreland County’s Court of Common Pleas, Anderson, 44, of Mt. Pleasant Township said the experience also drove him to want to spend more time in the courtroom.

“It gave me a unique perspective,” Anderson said of the trial that ended with the first-degree murder conviction for his sister Rebecca’s killer, David Stahl.

Anderson, a lawyer with the downtown Pittsburgh law firm of Thomson, Rhodes and Cowie, said he will rely on courtroom experience accrued during nearly two decades defending medical malpractice and employment discrimination cases.

His practice has primarily focused on civil litigation, he said.

“I think I can really make a difference. I’ve tried a lot of cases, and I have a lot of courtroom experience,” Anderson said. “I feel at home in the courtroom.”

He said he would like to concentrate on domestic abuse cases, an issue that hit home through the plight of his sister, who family members said was a victim of abuse by her husband during a rocky marriage.

Anderson, a Republican, is a graduate of West Virginia University and Duquesne University School of Law.

He said he will cross-file and run in the GOP and Democratic primaries May 19.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or

Categories: Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.