Mr. Wachter focuses his practice on representing school districts, governmental entities, municipalities, authorities and special purpose entities. He is also the firm’s lead for Knox Law Public Strategies, through which he represents private business, nonprofit and community entities in their interactions with local, state and federal government, providing strategic communications, public affairs and public policy consulting services.

Prior to joining Knox Law, Mr. Wachter served as an aide to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, as the Special Assistant for Special Projects to Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and worked with the Pennsylvania Site Advance Team for the White House. Additionally, he gained economic development experience while working as an Economic Development Analyst at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Mr. Wachter also serves as an advisor to candidates for various local, state and national level offices.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Testified on behalf of the Pennsylvania School Board Association before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives State Government Committee on proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law
  • Represented a business development entity in the preparation of an economic plan for a region with over 6,000,000 visitors a year, focusing on the development of water and sewer infrastructure to support anticipated economic development
  • Successfully represented numerous entities in dozens of Right-to-Know Law appeals before the Office of Open Records and multiple appeals in the Court of Common Pleas

Representative Clients

  • Erie's Public Schools
  • Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority
  • Erie County Tax Collection Committee
  • Millcreek Township Sewer Authority
  • Pine Grove Township Municipal Authority
  • Union City Municipal Authority
  • Waterford Borough Municipal Authority
  • Bloomfield Township
  • Borough of Edinboro
  • Borough of Union City
  • Eldred Township
  • Farmington Township
  • Freehold Township
  • Wattsburg Borough

Honors

Speaking Engagements & Articles

  • Facebook, the Right-to-Know Law, and the First Amendment: What Public Entities and Officials Need to Know
  • Firm's Annual Municipal Law Symposium
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) Spring Meeting, May 2015
  • Firm's Next Generation Happy Hour, April 2015
  • 79-80 Interstate Development Corporation Annual Meetings, March 2014 & 2015 and Follow-Up Meeting, November 2014
  • PA Municipal Authorities Association Annual Board Member Training, Solicitor Panel at Western Location, March 2015
  • Warren County Intergovernmental Co-Op Monthly Meeting, March 2014
  • PA State Association of Township Supervisors: Fall Solicitors Seminar, November 2013
  • PA Municipal Authorities Association 70th Annual Conference, August 2012
  • PA Local Governmental Secretaries Association, August 2011
  • PA Open Records Seminar, 2008 and 2009

Community & Professional Service

  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), Pennsylvania Advisory Committee Member (April 2017- present)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees, Trustee (2014 - present)
  • Penn State Dickinson Law Center for Government Law and Public Policy Studies, Advisory Committee Member (2017 - present) 
  • Erie Neighborhood Growth Partnership, Member (2014 - present)
  • Erie Downtown Partnership, Member (2008 - 2015), President (2009 - 2013)
  • Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Member (2007 - 2015), President (2012 - 2014), Vice President (2014 - 2015)
  • Barber National Institute, 2011 Christmas Ball Chair
  • Young Erie Professionals, 2008 ImPAct Conference Committee
  • National Eagle Scout Association, Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
  • Gannon University, B.A

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of PA

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Education Law Section, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • Pennsylvania Society, Member
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Panel, Former Advisory Committee Member

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