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Gavin P. Holihan

Gavin P. Holihan's term as District Attorney began in January 2024 after being elected in November 2023. Previously, he served as the First Assistant District Attorney in the office since January 2023.

Holihan is a 1988 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and a 1991 graduate of Fordham University School of Law in New York. He served as a Lehigh County Assistant District Attorney from 1992 through 1997. From 1997 through 1999, he served as a Deputy Lehigh County Solicitor.

From 1999 through 2004, Holihan practiced in the firm of Huber and Waldron. From 2007 through 2019, he was a part time instructor at the Allentown Police Academy providing classroom instruction for police cadets from around the region.

Holihan had practiced law as a sole practitioner at his firm, the Law Office of Gavin P. Holihan, from 2004 through 2022 and tried many cases including six capital homicide trials in four counties. He joined the Lehigh County’s Office of the Public Defender in 2015 and served as trial attorney.

The District Attorney is charged with pursuing justice, determining when to file criminal charges and fairly prosecuting those charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Lehigh County. The office works closely with police departments, including state and federal law enforcement officials, on investigations and crime-fighting and public safety initiatives.

Members of the office are dedicated to prosecuting criminal activity as well as protecting the rights of crime victims. In court, we will seek appropriate punishment for those convicted of crimes with the goal of protecting the safety of our community.