ALITA ROVITO
2021 Chester County Court of Common Pleas

Alita RovitoIf Alita Rovito is elected to the Court of Common Pleas, she would be the first judge with a family law background to sit on the bench.

Through her 15 years of experience serving as a Judge appointed Chester County Court of Common Pleas hearing officer and her combined 33 years of legal experience in family law, Alita will bring to the bench a unique understanding and compassion for the issues closest to people’s daily lives.

In addition, she feels that the upcoming elections are an excellent opportunity to add two more Democrats to the court, which is presently three-quarter Republican.

Alita believes that a good judge must possess impeccable personal integrity, a love of service, and experience and compassion to apply the law with kindness and respect. She models her legal service on the late Chester County President Judge John Stively, the “gentleman judge,” who taught her about civility, preparation, and professionalism. She believes a judge is in a unique position to pay it forward by mentoring young attorneys, and would continue her past practice of helping to train and educate the next generation of lawyers.

Alita received her JD from Dickinson School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County and was the first managing attorney of the Chester County Child Abuse Unit. She is the founding member of Rovito Law LLC, where she represents clients in all areas of family law.

In off hours, Alita enjoys cooking for her family, including her husband, Kevin Lawrence, who has the interesting retirement hobby of training miniature horses for nursing home visits, as well as her two daughters, Aggie Lawrence, an occupational therapist, and Mary Lawrence, a recent law school graduate legal intern at MacElree Harvey in West Chester.

 

 

TONY VERWEY
2021 Chester County Court of Common Pleas

Tony VerweyTony Verwey has two important goals if elected to a spot on the Court of Common Pleas; he will treat everyone who comes before him with dignity and respect and he will be empathetic and unbiased in all his decisions. To that end, he will base his decisions on the facts, follow the law, and be fair and deliberate in his decision-making.

He further hopes to help ease the court’s heavy caseload burden by directing more nonviolent offenders into problem-solving courts such as Drug Court or Mental Health Court.  As a veteran, Tony would prefer to see cases involving veterans sent to the Chester County Veterans’ Court, which provides veteran mentors for offenders and works closely with the VA.

Tony’s 30 years of diverse legal experience, including land use and zoning, real estate, education, litigation, taxation, and trusts and estates have prepared him for the position.  He has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for his work in recent years with Gawthrop Greenwood in West Chester on land use and zoning and as a Main Line Today “Top Lawyer” on municipal law.  Tony received his J.D. in 1989 from Widener University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.

When not practicing law, Tony enjoys cooking and is particularly proud of his holiday meals, which draw on his Dutch and German roots.  He loves sharing his cooking with Kathy, his wife of 32 years, and his 23 year old son Matthew.