Celebrating our 100th year!
The Caruthers family has a proud tradition of providing quality legal services to
Westmoreland County since 1914, when Carroll Caruthers came home to Irwin from Chicago just before the outbreak of World War I to practice law. Carroll had a reputation as a very skilled litigator and was greatly respected for his expertise in the Appellate Courts. Carroll retired from the practice and passed away in 1961.
Carroll was joined in the practice of law by his son, William F. Caruthers in 1950. Bill, as he was known to all his friends, was, at various times, also an Assistant District Attorney, the Solicitor for the Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts, and thereafter the Solicitor for the Westmoreland County Register of Wills. William F. Caruthers also served on the Board of Directors of Irwin Bank & Trust Co. for many years. Bill held the office of Secretary at Penn State Tool & Die Corporation and sat on its Board of Directors. Even when close to retirement, he remained active, serving a term as the President of the Westmoreland County Bar Association and as legislative counsel for AARP in Pennsylvania. He also provided representation for indigent persons seeking protection from abuse, for which he earned the Bar Association's annual Pro Bono Award. Bill, Sr. passed away after fifty years in practice in 2000.
In 1980, William F. Caruthers, II, joined his father in the family law practice and thereafter also served as a part time Assistant Public Defender. After gaining invaluable trial experience in the Public Defender's Office, Bill left in 1984 to devote his efforts to the family firm. In 1990 Bill succeeded his father as Solicitor for the Westmoreland County Register of Wills, a position he thereafter held for over twenty years, and later as a Director and Secretary of Penn State Tool & Die Corporation. Currently, Bill concentrates his practice on protecting his clients by providing legal counsel, drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Living Will Directives; administering Estates; Estate Planning; Real Estate Transactions; Commercial Transactions and Business Formation. Throughout his career Bill has been and remains involved in many community organizations such as Norwin Rotary, the Norwin Public Library, the Union Cemetery, and others.
J. David Caruthers joined his father and brother in the practice in 1983, handling many Domestic and Personal Injury cases during his career, and he took over the position Bill vacated in the Public Defender's Office. David greatly enjoyed trial work, and remained a part time Public Defender, advancing in the office to the position of Chief Trial Counsel, until his untimely death in 2010. David had a reputation as a fierce litigator with a razor sharp wit. He is greatly missed.
- Wills, Estate Administration and Powers of Attorney; Commercial Transactions and Business Formation; Real Estate Transactions; and Criminal Defense.
Westmoreland County Register of Wills, January 1990 to 2011.
Westmoreland County Public Defender, January 1981 to March 1984
Corporate Secretary and Director