John A. Zottola
John A Zottola, is a 1982 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From 1982to 1989, Judge Zottola served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office where he primarily prosecuted sexual assault cases. From 1989 to his election to the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Zottola was an associate at the law firm of Robb, Leonard and Mulvihill. During this period, he was appointed Chairman of the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Vice-Chairman of the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission.
Judge Zottola has previously served in the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and from 2011 to present, in the Orphans’ Court Division. He served as the supervising judge of the Allegheny County Investigative Grand Jury as well as supervising the Allegheny County's Mental Health Court, which has received national recognition. He was the principle architect in the creation of the Allegheny County Veterans Court and continues to supervise that court. Judge Zottola has been a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). In 2009, he helped create and now chairs the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee of the Commission (MHJAC). MHJAC has been a sponsor and participant in the annual Pennsylvania Housing Alliance Conference since 2010.
Judge Zottola was an original member of the Veterans in Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Task Force. He has served as an executive board member of The Center for Victims of Violent Crime, and has been recognized by the center, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and other community organizations for his service. He is also the 2013 recipient of the Louis J. Presenza Distinguished Service award, presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court and Professionals. In February of 2012, Judge Zottola was part of a delegation that participated in the European-American Prison Project Overview, a comparative analysis of correctional systems in the United States, Germany & the Netherlands, sponsored by the VERA Institute of Justice.
Mental Health Law