Prosecutors

The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes over 2,000 cases each year. Each case is individually handled by the District Attorney and/or an Assistant District Attorney from the Preliminary Hearing at the Magisterial District Justice Office, through the Trial Level in the Court of Common Pleas, through Appeals in the State and Federal Courts.

Patricia J. McLean

First Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree- University of Dayton, OH.
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence-Indiana University of Bloomington, IN.

Mark A. Lope

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree- Pennsylvania State University
  • Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs- University of Pittsburgh
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Dickinson School of Law

Benjamin A. Simon

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Management- California University of PA.
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Duquesne University of Law
  • Served as Butler Township Commissioner from 2010-2014.

Terri M. Schultz

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Duquesne University of Law
  • Practiced as a Public Defender for 23 years.








Laura D. Pitchford

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology- La Roche College
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Duquesne University of Law

Robert M. Zanella Jr.

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science- Duquesne University
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Villanova University School of Law

Amanda M. Scarpo

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Juris Doctor Degree- Duquesne University of Law

David Beichner

Assistant District Attorney

  • Bachelor’s Degree- Penn State Behrend
  • Juris Doctor Degree- University of Pittsburgh School of Law