Philip D. Lauer


I am committed to providing my clients with compassionate and honest answers whenever they arise during the legal process.

Philip D. Lauer has five decades of experience as a criminal defense and civil defense attorney. He has represented criminal defendants and civil litigants in virtually all of the Courts of Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as federal trial and appeals courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Georgia. Philip is one of only a few local attorneys to have appeared and argued before the United States Supreme Court.

He has conducted the defense of many high-profile cases, some of which have been the subject of productions by NBC Dateline, the Learning Channel, and other national media. Most recently, Philip obtained an acquittal in a death penalty case in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania with very difficult factual circumstances.

Although his practice has had an emphasis on criminal defense matters, Philip has successfully tried to verdict a wide variety of complex civil, discrimination, social security, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and disability cases. He has served as solicitor to local municipalities and boards and currently serves as Assistant Solicitor to Northampton County Council.

A Lehigh Valley resident for his entire life, Philip Lauer has served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee for the Criminal Rules of Procedure. Maintaining an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, he is a member of and has lectured to a number of professional organizations. 

  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1968
  • Lehigh University, B.A., 1965
  • U.S. Army Reserves
  • Northampton Township, Assistant Solicitor
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Northampton County Bar Association 
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County



  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Third Circuit
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court