DOYLESTOWN >> Jordan Yeager has declared his candidacy for judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. Yeager, recognized as one of the Commonwealth’s Super Lawyers, will run on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 2019 nonpartisan primary.
The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas covers all of Bucks County and serves as the trial court for all civil, criminal, family and probate matters. The court also hears appeals from certain state agencies and all local governments. Yeager has decades of experience arguing a broad range of the types of cases that come before the Common Pleas court as well as the dozens of other trial and appellate courts around the Commonwealth.
“I’m running for judge because I believe deeply in our national promise: justice for all,” said Yeager.
For the past 26 years, Yeager has fought to protect the constitution’s guaranteed freedoms and promise of equal rights. The grandson of an immigrant and the son of a Naval officer, Yeager was raised with a deep belief in American values. His career was influenced by uncles from both sides of the aisle: one was a high-profile civil rights lawyer; the other ran for Congress as a conservative Goldwater Republican.
In 2013, Yeager achieved a landmark victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, winning the first case in history declaring a state law unconstitutional because it violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians. The law at issue in the case was Act 13, which took away local zoning authority over fracking. His advocacy is credited with breathing life into the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Rights Amendment and ushering in a new era of environmental jurisprudence.
As a partner at Doylestown- and Yardley-based Curtin & Heefner LLP, he chairs the law firm’s Public Sector, Environmental and Appellate practice groups and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His current focus includes the areas of appellate litigation, zoning and land use, municipal law, and environmental and constitutional law, where he is a nationally recognized litigator.
Yeager has trial-court experience in 23 counties throughout Pennsylvania and serves as solicitor and special counsel to municipalities across Bucks County and the state. Nockamixon Township, Solebury Township and Doylestown Borough are among the Bucks County municipalities he serves.
Yeager was raised in Upper Bucks County, graduated from Palisades High School and lives in Doylestown with his wife, Kathy, their daughter Colette (a student at Tufts University), and their dog, Zoie. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Bar Association and serves as the Founder and Chair of the Association’s Appellate Section. His legal work has been featured in the books “The Green Amendment” and “Amity and Prosperity.”
“Every person deserves a fair hearing in our courts. Every person deserves a judge who will listen, who will be truly open-minded and even-handed,” Yeager said. “For too many of our neighbors, our national promise of justice for all remains a dream. I’m running for judge to help make that dream a reality.”
For more information on Yeager, visit his campaign website: yeagerforjudge.com.