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From the Desk of Christina Simpson, Candidate for Court of Common Pleas

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Christina Simpson has been practicing law in Adams County courtrooms for 18 years and has cross-filed as a candidate for Judge of the Adams County Court of Common Pleas in the May 19th primary election. A graduate of Gettysburg High School and Mount Saint Mary’s College, the 44-year old Straban Township native obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Dickinson School of Law.

While serving as Adams County Assistant District Attorney from 1997-2001, she successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, focusing on domestic, sexual and child abuse crimes. She was an integral part of creating the first county-wide protocol for investigation of domestic crimes and served on the Domestic Violence Task Force and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association’s Child Abuse Coalition. In recognition of her work, she received the Callie Award for Outstanding Woman in Public Service from the United Way of Adams County.

Simpson joined the firm of Gates & Gates, P.C. in 2001 and managed its Gettysburg office, while litigating cases in the Civil, Criminal, Family, Orphans and Juvenile divisions of the Common Pleas Court. During that time, she served as a board member of Survivors, Inc., Adams County S.P.C.A., NOVIS and the Adams County Children & Youth Advisory Board.

Simpson opened her own general law practice in Gettysburg in 2011, with a particular focus on family law mediation. She is currently appointed by the Court to hear and resolve divorce cases and represent children in high-conflict custody matters. She recently served as Assistant Solicitor to Adams County Children & Youth Services and is a member of the Children’s Roundtable. In his endorsement of her, retired Adams County President Judge Oscar Spicer stated, "Christina Simpson is eminently qualified to be one of Adams County’s judges and in my opinion will discharge the duties of the office with honor, distinction and faithfulness".

Simpson is also endorsed by the Gettysburg Business and Professional Women’s Club and members of state and local law enforcement through F.O.P. Keystone Lodge #41, F.O.P. Tri-County Lodge #76, and the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association. Simpson said, "I believe that my trial experience spanning every division of the Court of Common Pleas, coupled with my skills as a family law Mediator and Divorce Master have properly prepared me to serve Adams County as one of its next Judges. It would be my honor and privilege to serve our community, providing fair and impartial consideration for all in an atmosphere of dignity and respect".

Simpson resides in Straban Township with her husband, Phil Trostle, and their son Jacob. Learn more at

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