Warren B. Mikesell II, Esq., has announced his candidacy for Clearfield County District Attorney. He joined the firm of Mikesell and Mikesell with this father, Donald R. Mikesell, in 1991.
Warren was born the second son of Donald R. Mikesell (originally from Mahaffey) and Anne E. (Blackburn) Mikesell (originally from Curwensville).
He was born and raised in Clearfield with his siblings Jon, Annette, Kim, Robert (Bob) and Janell.
Warren joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from the Clearfield Area High School in 1977. He served in the U.S. Navy 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.
He 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 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and economics.
He graduated from Grove City College in 1988. Warren then attended The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., and graduated therefrom in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate degree.
While in law school, he served as a legislative legal intern for the Honorable Senator Robert Jubelirer, President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, from May of 1989 to June of 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.
Warren returned to Clearfield where he joined the Clearfield Bar Association and began his practice of law with his father, Donald R. Mikesell.
His legal practice includes over 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 of the law.
In his criminal law career as both 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.
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 the late Bruce K. Witters and Patricia L. Witters.
Warren has three children, namely Warren B. Mikesell III of Clearfield, Breann Kipple and her husband, Adam of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the late Michael Mikesell.
He has three wonderful and cherished grandchildren, namely Willoe of Clearfield and Jackson and James, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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.
Upon his return to Clearfield, 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 has been member of the Clearfield Masonic Lodge No. 314 for over 25 years. 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.
He is also a member of the Clearfield Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and The Elks. Warren and his wife are members of the Community Baptist Church of Curwensville.
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. He strongly supports the Second Amendment. Warren looks forward to serving the people of Clearfield County as district attorney.
He will allow his faith, life experiences and over 15 years as an assistant district attorney in this community to guide his decisions.
Visit Warren’s Web site at VOTEMIKESELL.COM.