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Judge Samuel M. Lehrer

Of Counsel
Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7074
Fax(215) 575-7200


Alicia Baldwin
Direct(215) 575-7173

Samuel Lehrer presently concentrates his practice in litigation, governmental relations, alternative dispute resolution and representation of professional, educational and health-related profit and non-profit corporations.

Former Judge Lehrer joined Dilworth Paxson as Of Counsel following his retirement from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He brings a wealth of experience as a jurist and practicing lawyer. As a judge for 26 years, he presided in criminal and civil jury and non-jury cases; equity and injunction proceedings, appeals from rulings of city and certain state regulatory and administrative agencies, civil and discovery motions, mental health and retardation commitment hearings, and health, construction and environmental code enforcement cases. Several of his decisions were precedent setting and received wide notice throughout the Commonwealth. Included were such subjects as the extent and limitation of the powers of governmental agencies, insurance coverage, medical malpractice and the right of individuals to decline medical treatment.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Temple University Hospital
  • Board of Directors, Temple Health Transport Team
  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Philadelphia, 1982 – 1999
  • Judge, Municipal Court of Philadelphia, 1974 – 1981
  • Practicing Attorney specializing in civil defense litigation and governmental relations, 1959 – 1974
  • Counsel, Democratic Caucus Pennsylvania State Senate, 1959 – 1964
  • Trustee, Philadelphia College of Art (currently the University of the Arts), 1974 – 1982
  • Trustee, Middle East Forum, 1995 – present
  • Instructor and Lecturer, American Government, Business Law and Criminal Justice, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University and the Community College of Philadelphia

Speeches & Presentations

  • Lehrer's Motion Court Opinions, Pa Bar Institute, Library of Congress #92-6223, 1992.
  • Several articles in various publications on judicial reform, court unification, the preliminary hearing in criminal proceedings, alternate landlord/tenant dispute resolution mechanism and a comparison of European and American views of "right to die" judicial decisions.

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Alternate Biographies





  • LL.B., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1954
  • B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1951
  • Honorary LL.D., Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court Pennsylvania
  • Superior Court Pennsylvania
  • Court of Common Pleas Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania