Former York County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Stephen Linebaugh, a 20-year county judge and a staple in York’s legal and service community for more than four decades, has joined Barley Snyder as its newest attorney.
Judge Linebaugh presided over more than 200 civil trials as a judge in York County from 1997 to 2017, including a five-year term as the county’s president judge. He now will be part of Barley Snyder’s Litigation Practice Group and will work to grow the firm’s alternative dispute resolution practice.
Since leaving the bench, he has worked for a Pittsburgh-based alternative dispute resolution firm for the last two years, conducting mediations and arbitrations for all types of civil cases across Pennsylvania. He also has worked as a former mediator and arbitrator for the York County Court of Common Pleas and is a former mediator for the York County Board of Realtors.
Before his elected position of judge, he presided over his own successful law practice for 25 years. His practice included the role of solicitor for more than a dozen municipalities and authorities, where he built his reputation as one of the most trusted names in York County.
“I am extremely proud to return to private practice in central Pennsylvania with Barley Snyder,” he said. “Before I was a judge, I worked with the firm’s attorneys for years and found them to be masters of their craft. As a judge, when attorneys from the firm came into my court, I saw nothing from them but respect for the law and care for their clients. Barley Snyder’s attorneys and leadership have proven to be an asset to the entire community, and it’s an honor to join their ranks. I look forward to getting back into a courtroom, this time as a Barley Snyder attorney.”
As distinguished as Judge Linebaugh’s professional career has been, it is rivaled by his commitment to service in his community. He has volunteered his time with leadership positions to beneficial nonprofit organizations in York County such as the Bob Hoffman YMCA, York County Crime stoppers, the Margaret E. Moul Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, YouthBuild and the York County March of Dimes.
That commitment to service on the bench and his dedication to access to justice and to the courts led to the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarding him the Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille Judge’s Award for his contributions to improving civil legal aid in the state.
“Judge Linebaugh is known not only in the county, but also throughout the state and beyond, as one of the foremost authorities on how to come to a fair and equitable decision in a case,” Barley Snyder managing partner Jeff Lobach said. “His experience as a jurist and mediator spans decades, and his presence at Barley Snyder will help us enhance our alternative dispute resolution resources to help our clients.”
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