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Lifelong Franklin County resident and Waynesboro attorney to run for seat on bench

Jeffrey S. Evans says he has 'a broad range of experience and understanding of the law'

January 20, 2013
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Jeffrey S. Evans, a Waynesboro attorney and lifelong Franklin County resident, will run for the position of judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Franklin and Fulton counties.

“I have a broad range of experience and understanding of the law, and I will bring that to the bench to serve all the people of Fulton and Franklin counties,” Evans said in his announcement. 

Evans, a Republican, intends to cross-file for the opening created by the retirement of  Judge Richard J. Walsh. 

Evans began practicing law in November 1989 with the Waynesboro firm of Ullman, Painter and Misner, becoming a partner in the firm of Ullman, Painter and Evans in 1993.

In 1994, he opened a practice with Michael J. Toms, known as Toms and Evans. In 2002, when Toms became Franklin County public defender, Evans opened the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Evans in Waynesboro.

In his 23 years of practice, Evans has had extensive experience representing clients in a variety of criminal, civil and family law issues, including divorce, child custody, child support and adoption.

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Real estate cases, bankruptcy, Social Security, disability, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, municipal law and various estate matters, including estate planning, drafting and litigation, are some of the matters in which Evans has successfully represented clients. He has tried civil and criminal cases.

Evans also represents five Franklin County municipalities as solicitor.

He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Franklin County Bar Association.

Evans is the son of Sanford and Nancy Evans of Waynesboro. His grandparents, B. Franklin and Esther Cordell, served as district justices in Franklin County. He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1982; attended Dickinson College and graduated cum laude in 1986; and earned a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1989.

Evans has volunteered his time to the community in numerous ways. He has served on the board of the Antietam Humane Society and Hearthstone Retirement Home. He is a councilperson at Christ Lutheran Church and serves as committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 136 in Chambersburg. He has been involved in coaching youth baseball in Fayetteville and Rouzerville, Pa. 

He and his wife, Debbie, and their two children reside in Fayetteville.

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 21. The municipal election is scheduled for Nov. 5. 

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