Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. welcomes Drew McLaughlin back to the Firm in its Wilkes-Barre office. Drew rejoins the Firm after working for more than four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Major Crimes and Vice/Narcotics Units of the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. In September of 2021, Mr. McLaughlin was promoted to Chief of the Luzerne County DA’s Major Crimes Unit. “We are excited to add an attorney with Drew’s trial experience, intellect and work ethic to our Wilkes-Barre office. His judgment and leadership will benefit our clients, culture and attorneys.” said Firm Chairman John P. Elliott.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Drew McLaughlin graduated magna cum laude from King’s College in 2009 with a degree in Professional Writing. Drew has worked in municipal and state government before he was admitted to the Bar. After college, McLaughlin worked on a congressional campaign in suburban Philadelphia before accepting a position as an aide to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas M. Leighton. Between 2010 and 2014, McLaughlin served in a variety of roles in the administration, including as a press liaison, communications director, and as an administrator.
Drew resigned his position to attend the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2017, McLaughlin graduated in the top 20% of his class from Dickinson Law. He was also inducted into the National Order of Barristers, awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, and received both the George I. Bloom Scholarship for commitment to public service and the Gornall Scholarship for academic achievement. He also was a member of Dickinson Law’s regional semi-finalist National Trial Team. McLaughlin was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in October of 2017 and the Middle District of Pennsylvania in December of 2017.
Drew began his legal career as an associate with Elliott Greenleaf. After a year with the Firm, McLaughlin accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. In the D.A.’s Office, McLaughlin has prosecuted cases ranging from robberies, aggravated assaults, thefts, felony drug possession and delivery, child abuse cases, and homicides including Commonwealth v. Mercado, which ended in a first-degree murder conviction in November of 2020. He remains a part-time Assistant District Attorney with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. With the departure of John G. Dean, Esq., Drew will eventually manage operations in the Firm’s Wilkes-Barre office.
For more information on McLaughlin’s legal career and experience, please visit https://www.elliottgreenleaf.com/attorney/drew-p-mclaughlin/.