Erie, PA — Today, Dave Ridge, a local trial lawyer, announced his campaign to seek the office of Judge in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. Ridge made his announcement before a group of supporters in Downtown Erie at The Brewerie at Union Station.
An Erie native and graduate of Cathedral Prep and Allegheny College, Dave Ridge has been in private practice for more than 33 years, after having worked in the office of the Allegheny County District Attorney while attending the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
As a trial attorney, Ridge has been admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, the United States District Court Bar, the Third Circuit Court of appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has handled both criminal and civil cases and he has represented individuals, charitable organizations and corporations. He serves as general counsel for the Barber National Institute and the Ridge Policy Group.
Ridge has also been active in the legal community serving on the board of the Erie County Bar Association and as a member of the PA Trial Lawyers Association. He is a senior member and past chair of a Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania Hearing Committee. He has served as a guest lecturer at a number of local schools and universities and has led continuing education seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
In his announcement, Ridge said he is now running for Judge to bring his expertise and experience to the bench, serving the people of Erie County.
“My parents taught us at a very young age that service to family, and to the community, is extremely important. They led by example and my brother, sister and I have tried to follow their lead. My wife Wendy and I have supported, coached and volunteered for our children’s sports teams and organizations, and I have supported the MECA Miracle League, the Erie City Mission, Presque Isle State Park, and the TREC Foundation,” Ridge said.
“Now that our three children have grown to become young adults, I would like to continue my family’s tradition of service as a judge on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas,” he said.
Ridge said he is looking forward to getting out to meet the people of Erie County in the coming weeks and he said he is excited to begin this next chapter in his family’s tradition of service.
For more information on Dave Ridge’s campaign for Judge of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, call 814-490-4300 or visit www.daveridgeforjudge.com. Dave can be followed at facebook.com/ridgeforjudge and at twitter.com/ridgeforjudge.