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Paul W. Tressler


The Honorable Paul W. Tressler

Senior Lawyer Advisor

Email: [email protected]

During Judge Tressler’s 46-year legal career, he has distinguished himself as an aggressive litigator as well as an established jurist. After being appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County in 1983, he was subsequently elected and retained three times before retiring from the bench in 2010. During his tenure he served as Administrative Juvenile Court Judge, Administrative Criminal Court Judge and sat in various other divisions of the trial court, both civil and criminal.

As Administrative Judge of the Juvenile Court he instituted the first truancy program in Pennsylvania, an information sharing system among law enforcement, schools probation and the Juvenile Court, a restitution program and other programs geared at better serving our children and youth. Those programs served as standards throughout Pennsylvania.

As Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Tressler handled a variety of criminal and civil matters including personal injury, contract and commercial law, insurance claims as well as robberies, assaults, murders, drug charges and select white collar crimes that regularly appeared on his docket.

After graduating from Susquehanna University (1962), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1966), he served a judicial clerkship. In 1968, Judge Tressler became an Assistant District Attorney where he formed the first Narcotic Enforcement Team in Montgomery County. After a brief period in private practice, he was appointed First Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County in 1980. It was during this time that he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to investigate and prosecute the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children. This crime gained national attention in the book “Echoes In Darkness” by Joseph Wambaugh and the subsequent made for television movie.

Judge Tressler is an adjunct professor at several local colleges and universities including Arcadia University, Gwynedd Mercy College and Delaware Valley College. His 24 years of consulting and lecturing at the federal level for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Federal Department of Justice, established Judge Tressler as a national authority on juvenile justice and criminal law issues.

In addition to criminal matters, with a focus on white collar and juvenile crime, his current clients are widely diversified, involving commercial lending and collection matters for banks, corporate and employment relations, and business, commercial and personal injury issues. Moreover, his broad experience as a judge and successful litigator, in both the private and public sector, uniquely qualifies him to act as mediator, arbitrator, litigation manager, special master or neutral hearing officer.

Judge Tressler is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Admitted to practice

  • Pennsylvania, 1966
  • Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, 1983
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit


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