President Judge Joseph M. Walsh III

Erie County Judge Joseph M. Walsh III
Judge Joseph M. Walsh III

Joseph M. Walsh III was elected to the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in 2015.

He is a former partner at Shapira, Hutzelman, Berlin, Ely, Smith and Walsh. He served as a Mental Health Review Officer from 1991 to 2016, and is a former assistant city solicitor. He is a founding member of Collaborative Professionals of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania American Inns of Court and the Erie County Bar Association.

Walsh, a Pittsburgh native, earned a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He served in the United States Navy from 1976 to 1980.

Walsh is married to Nancy A. Walsh. He has a son, Shawn; a daughter, Carly; a “bonus” son, Jonathan R. Fitzmaurice; and two “bonus” daughters, Mary Grace and Allison Fitzmaurice.