Senior Judge William H. Platt




  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, (J.D.), 1964
  • Dickinson College (A.B., Honors in Economics), 1961

Military Experience

  • U.S. Army, Military Police Corps,1964-66, principal duty station Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone.

Professional Experience

  • President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County 2002-07; 2008-10
  • Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County 1996-2010
  • Allentown City Solicitor 1994-95
  • Private Practice of law 1991-95
  • District Attorney of Lehigh County 1976-91
  • Public Defender of Lehigh County, Asst., 1972-74; Chief, 1975-76
  • Private Practice of law (1967-77)

Memberships and Associations

  • American, Pennsylvania and Lehigh County Bar Associations
  • House of Delegates, PBA
  • Board of Directors, Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Judges Association
  • Judge Donald E. Wieand American Inn of Court, Board of Directors 2001-2010, President 2008-09
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Education Committee 1997-2002, Chairman, Criminal Law Section 1999-2010
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Board Member 1989-2000, President 1997-98, Lifetime Honorary Director 2001-Present
  • Criminal Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court, 1982-1992, Chairman 1986-1992
  • National District Attorneys Association, Director 1982-3
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Executive Committee 1980-86, Chairman, Education Committee 1977-78, President 1983-84

Awards and Honors

  • President’s Legal Eagle Award for Outstanding Service to Bar Association of Lehigh County 2007
  • Liberty Bell Award, Bar Association of Lehigh County 2003
  • The Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, B.S.A. 2002
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, The Marine Corps League, Bethlehem Detachment 1996
  • Award for Devotion to Law & Dedication to Administration of Justice, Public Defender Association of PA 1991
  • Col. John K. Schafer Award for Distinguished Service to Law Enforcement 1990
  • Distinguished Community Citizen Award, County Det. Assoc. of PA 1980
  • Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Science)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (The National Leadership Honorary Society)