Jim Silvis for Judge: Diverse Legal Experience & Community Engagement

CredentialsCurrently, Jim is a partner at the O’Connell & Silvis, LLP Law firm in Greensburg, working side by side with his father for well over a decade. He is also a current Assistant County Solicitor for Westmoreland County.

Jim previously served Westmoreland county as an Assistant Public Defender, and clerked for the renowned Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Joseph Hudock.

An alumnus of Hempfield Area High School, Jim Silvis earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Jim contributes his time and effort to numerous professional and civic causes and has taken on leadership roles in many of them. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Westmoreland County Historical Society, the Greenfield/Hempfield Library, Laurel Legal Services and for the Westmoreland County Bar Association. He also serves as the Vice President of the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Greensburg.

Jim is a member of the Rotary, Police Rod and Gun Club, the PA and Westmoreland County Bar Associations, and the NRA.   Jim also volunteers his time to the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers helpline—a statewide peer support group for members of the legal profession.

To view Jim’s complete Curriculum Vitae and list of professional and personal associations, click here.

From Jim

On being a part of an envied Judiciary…

Serving as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas would give me a great opportunity to take an even more active part in the community, and do my part to preserve our envied judiciary.

We’ve been fortunate to have many fine jurists here in Westmoreland county; men and women who have established a tradition of excellence I’d be proud to join.

While we are fortunate to live in a county that has so much to offer, we also have several issues that have become an increasing problem. We are part of a drug epidemic that transcends age and class. Many of our citizens also have mental health issues that aren’t being properly addressed.

A number of these people become involved in the court system, and it is essential that our judges consider ways to best deal with these issues. My diverse legal experience—especially in criminal law—has prepared me to tackle these problems head on.

In short, I’ve always taken an active role in our community, and am prepared to take on the responsibility of serving the people of Westmoreland County as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.