Warren B. Mikesell II Esq. has announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Justice 46-3-02, which includes Lawrence Township, all of Clearfield Borough, Pike Township and all of Curwensville Borough in Clearfield County.
He joined the firm of Mikesell & Mikesell with his father, Donald R. Mikesell, in 1991 after being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.
He was born the second son of Donald R. Mikesell (originally from Mahaffey) and Anne E. (Blackburn) Mikesell (originally from Curwensville).
Warren was born and raised in Clearfield Pa., with his siblings, Jon Mikesell, Annette Mikesell, Kim Mikesell Colavecchi, Robert (Bob) Mikesell and Janell Mikesell Danielson.
He joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from the Clearfield Senior High School in 1977. He served in the U.S. Navy after high school from September of 1977 until January of 1985.
He attained the rank of Personnelman First Class Petty Officer (PN1/E6) while having been stationed in Keflavick, Iceland, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn.
Prior to his discharge, he served as the base Legal Yeoman at the Personnel Support Detachment in Groton, Conn. There, he worked directly with Navy and Marine Corp attorneys.
Warren accepted an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1985 and immediately enrolled in Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., where he completed his undergraduate studies Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and economics.
He graduated from Grove City College in 1988. He then attended The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., and graduated from there in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate degree.
While in law school, Warren served as a Legislative Legal Intern for the Honorable Senator Robert Jubelirer, President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate from May 1989 to June 1991.
His duties as a Legislative Legal Intern included drafting legislation, researching legal issues affecting proposed legislative statutes, laws and regulations and attending Senate and House hearings on various legal issues.
He returned to Clearfield, Pa., where he joined the Clearfield Bar Association and began his practice of law with his father, Donald R. Mikesell, Esq., who also served as an Administrative Law Judge for Worker’s Compensation.
His legal practice includes 25 years of working as a general practitioner in various fields of law as well as both an assistant district attorney and assistant public defender.
He currently serves as an assistant district attorney of Clearfield County under District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., Esq. He has also maintained a separate private attorney practice since 1991.
Clients have been provided legal services in various areas including, but not limited to: Estate Planning Wills, Estates (Probate) Trusts, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Divorce, Custody, Family Law, Adoption, Real Estate (Deed transfers, boundary disputes, residential/commercial leases), Title Searches, Mortgages & Refinance Loans and Coal, Oil and Gas Leases.
In his criminal law career as an assistant district attorney as well as an assistant public defender and private defense attorney, he has handled thousands of cases from beginning to end, including preliminary hearings, filing motions and prosecuting and or defending individuals in criminal jury trials. He currently serves as an assistant district attorney and has done so for over a decade.
Warren has been married to Kimberly L. (Witters) Mikesell since 2001. She currently serves as his legal secretary in the private practice of Mikesell & Mikesell, Attorneys at Law.
Kim was the daughter of Bruce K. Witters and Patricia L. Witters (both deceased). Kim worked for JCPenney for 30 years before retiring in 2011. Upon retirement from JCPenney, she then assumed the duties of legal secretary at his law firm.
Warren has three children to a prior marriage: namely Warren B. Mikesell III (of Clearfield, Pa.), Breann K. Mikesell Kipple and her husband, Adam Kipple (of Myrtle Beach, SC) and Michael Thomas Mikesell (deceased).
He has three wonderful and cherished grandchildren namely: Willoe Ann Mikesell (of Clearfield, Pa.) and Jackson Alan Kipple and James Andrew Kipple (both of Myrtle Beach, SC).
As with most people, Warren’s parents were a strong influence in his life–instilling in him and his siblings a sense of right from wrong, a strong religious upbringing and an understanding that if you want something in life you have to work for it. His father, Donald R. Mikesell, would take him to his office as a young boy.
There, he began to develop an interest in the legal field. As a young man graduating from Clearfield Area High School, he was unsure of what he wanted to do in life so he joined the U.S. Navy.
His interest in the legal field was sparked once again when he assumed the position of the base legal yeoman in Groton, Conn.
Upon his return to Clearfield, Pa., he accepted a position as a full-time assistant district attorney under the then District Attorney and now Honorable Fredric J. Ammerman while maintaining his private practice with his father, Donald R. Mikesell, on nights and weekends.
After two years of full-time duties as an assistant district attorney, he returned to his private practice and began his career as a private defense counsel. He thereafter accepted a position as a part-time assistant public defender while, again, maintaining his private practice.
At the request of then District Attorney and now the Honorable Paul E. Cherry, he rejoined the office of the district attorney as a part-time assistant. He currently serves as a part-time assistant district attorney under William A. Shaw Jr.
Warren acknowledges that his successful legal career is owed to not only his wife, his family, friends, and clients over the years, but also to numerous attorneys he has worked with in both civil and criminal matters, some of which are no longer with us today.
Warren is a long-time member of the Clearfield Masonic Lodge No. 314. He serves as the solicitor for the P.B. Zentmyer Trust, a charitable trust established for the benefit of children in need of medical treatment for orthopedic type problems.
He also serves as a director on the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation serving the charitable needs of Clearfield County by investing funds of donors for the benefit of Clearfield County.
He and all of the directors of the CCCF donate their time and experience for the benefit of the charitable organization. They do not accept a fee or salary.
As a sign of his confirmation of his faith, Warren was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Duane A. White at the Clearfield Christian Missionary Alliance Church in the presence of the congregation. He has a strong belief in God and, as such, his faith is a controlling factor in his life’s decisions.
In his spare time, Warren enjoys taking time off from work and spending time in the woods with his wife, Kim, and his grandchildren. He is an avid hunter. Also, he is a member of the NRA and strongly supports the Second Amendment.
Warren looks forward to serving the people of Magisterial District 46-3-02 as its Magisterial District Judge. He will allow his faith, life experiences and 25 years of legal service in this community to guide his decisions.
Visit his Web site at VOTEMIKESELL.COM.