Erie lawyer appointed to be new federal magistrate

By Steve Pope | September 6, 2018

A partner in an Erie law firm was selected Thursday to become the newest federal magistrate in Erie.

Chief U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti announced the selection of Richard A. Lanzillo to the post vacated by Judge Susan Paradise Baxter upon her swearing-in as a District Judge.

Mr. Lanzillo earned his undergraduate degree from Mercyhurst University in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1987, where he graduated summa cum laude. He serves as Vice Chairman and Member of the Board of Trustees at Mercyhurst College.

Currently Mr. Lanzillo is Vice President of Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C., where he practices commercial, employment and civil rights law.

According to the firm’s website, Mr. Lanzillo has had a successful career representing both corporate and government organizations in a variety of cases. He has also served as a mediator and neutral evaluator in federal court.

The search to fill the judgeship began in 2016 when a selection panel, comprised of attorneys and non-lawyer leaders in the community was formed. The panel solicited and reviewed a number of applications before making its final recommendation.

Mr. Lanzillo will be sworn-in and assume his duties on September 24, 2018. A formal investiture ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.

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