The Bucks County Bar Association has identified the qualities that members of the Bar and the public should expect from a judge. Chris Serpico exemplifies these qualities in his work as an experienced attorney and in his service to the Bucks County community for over three decades.
Throughout his legal career, Chris has shown a commitment to fairness and respect for the rights of all litigants and lawyers, and would continue to do so as an elected Judge.
He appears as an arbitrator in Bucks County’s compulsory arbitration court on the average of 10 to 15 times per year, and has been appointed by his colleagues on numerous occasions as the sole or neutral arbitrator in UM/UIM cases.
He was honored to have been elected by his peers to serve as President of the Bucks County Bar Association. He has also served as Secretary and Treasurer and has been a member of the Board of Directors on two separate occasions.
EXPERIENCE and COMPETENCY
As a former Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chris supervised Bucks County’s investigating grand jury and prosecuted homicides, child and domestic abuse cases, drug deliveries, burglaries, and arsons. As a defense attorney, he has earned a reputation as a caring and reliable advocate for those accused of criminal acts.
Whether he is providing guidance to families who find one of their own in trouble with the law, drafting wills and administering estates, or assisting victims of domestic abuse, Chris’s breadth of experience has enabled him to provide steadfast legal support to Bucks County citizens.
In addition to his practice, Chris has helped to educate those in the community who are interested in the law and the judicial system. He has taught college classes at LaSalle University in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Organization of the Court System; coached and judged high school Mock Trial teams; and moderated panel discussions organized by the League of Women Voters and the Bucks County Bar Association, including a recent forum on how to improve the criminal justice system.
As a community educator and as a trial lawyer for thirty-five years, Chris knows the law in both theory and practice. He possesses the experience and competency required to serve effectively as a Judge in the court he knows so well.
INTEGRITY and COMMUNITY SERVICE
Throughout his life, Chris has endeavored to carry out his core values of service to his family, his church, his community, and his country.
As a father, he has coached and refereed youth sports teams for the Doylestown Athletic Association and has performed onstage in area theater productions alongside his children. With his wife Maureen, he has played an active role in his children’s education and has proudly seen them graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Bucknell University.
As an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown, Chris has taught religious education classes for 4th, 7th, and 8th graders. He leads the congregation in song several Sundays each month as a cantor. And for the past 15 years, Chris and Maureen have been part of the Pre-Cana team, counseling engaged couples and preparing them for the sacrament of marriage.
Chris believes strongly that an attorney should serve his or her community and has a long history of community involvement. As a young lawyer fresh out of school, he mentored a “little brother” through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County for five years. He later served on the Board of that organization and several others, including the Community Conservatory of Music and the Bucks County Children and Youth Advisory Board. Chris recently completed a six-year term (two as Chairman) on the Board of Directors of the Central Bucks YMCA.
In service to his country, Chris has put his passion for electoral politics into practice throughout his career. He secured the Bucks County Democratic party’s nomination for political office on four occasions, as a candidate for Register of Wills, County Commissioner, State Representative, and State Senator. Even when the odds were against him, Chris entered the arena of politics to live out his belief that a vigorous two-party system is the key to our democracy. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic that counts; the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who does actually strive to do the deeds and spends himself in a worthy cause.”
Chris Serpico has consistently shown integrity in his pursuits both inside and outside the courtroom, and would continue to do so as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas.