Andrews announces candidacy for bench

Altoona attorney David P. Andrews, the founder of one of the area’s largest law firms, Andrews and Beard, announced today that he will be running for a 10-year term as Blair County judge.

Andrews, 60, has practiced law in the Altoona area for the last 35 years and said that he now wants to pursue his lifelong dream of serving as a judge.

“I have always thought that the most important position for the residents of Blair County is the position of judge. I have always wanted to run for this position, and after 35 years of practicing law here in Blair County, I believe I have the experience to hit the ground running as judge,” he said.

Pennsylvania has more than 500 school districts, and the Andrews law firm represents 110 of those districts, including the Altoona Area School District and the other districts in Blair County.

One of his first positions as an attorney in Blair County was as an assistant district attorney, handling criminal cases, Andrews said. He also worked under former Altoona City Solicitor John N. Casanave and was part of Evey Black law firm, the Hollidaysburg firm founded by attorneys Marion D. Patterson and Merle K. Evey.

In 1989, Andrews opened his own law firm. The practice includes labor and employment law, mediation and negotiations, municipal law, workers’ compensation and civil and real estate law.

Andrews has argued cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and before the federal courts for each of the three districts in Pennsylvania as well as the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

“People need to have confidence in the integrity of a judge, and that is why I am immediately announcing that I will not accept any financial contributions from any attorneys, to assure Blair Countians of complete impartiality if I am elected,” he stated.

“I see the judgeship as a form of community service, which is something I have done my entire legal career,” he said.

Andrews has served as president of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame and chaired the Juniata College Board of Trustees. He was founder of the Altoona Rotary Basketball Tournament, president of Homewood at Martinsburg and a member of the Finance Council of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

He is an cancer survivor of 13 years, an experience he said that “taught me that I have an obligation to make something better out of my life than before, and to serve my community.”

Andrews graduated from Altoona Area High School, Juniata College and the Penn State Dickinson Law School.

He has a wife, Jan, and two children, Ashley and Scott.