A Tough, Fair Prosecutor To Protect
Our Families And Communities
Over 20 years of broad-based legal experience as an attorney and prosecutor in Lehigh and Northampton counties
A full-time Assistant District Attorney for the last 16 years including nine years as Chief of Violent Crime
A tough, but fair prosecutor who has successfully tried murderers, kidnappers, drug dealers and other dangerous criminals
Works side-by-side with law enforcement to put criminals behind bars and to assist victims and their families in rebuilding their lives
Will follow the law to protect Lehigh County residents while ensuring all who come before the court will be treated with dignity and respect
Patricia Fuentes Mulqueen is running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County. With over 20 years of broad-based experience as an attorney and prosecutor in Lehigh and Northampton counties, Patricia pledges to continue her work protecting local families and the Constitutional rights of all citizens as judge.
As a full-time Assistant District Attorney for the last 16 years – including nine years as Chief of Violent Crimes – Patricia has worked to provide victims of crime and their families with a strong voice to ensure they receive the justice they deserve. She will be a tough, fair judge who follows the law to protect Lehigh County residents while ensuring all who come before her will be heard and treated with dignity and respect. Patricia is known for maintaining the highest legal and ethical standards.
An experienced and accomplished attorney for over two decades, Patricia has worked in and out of the courtroom – and before scores of juries – in areas of the law that will be heard by our next Judge. Her experience also includes arguments before both the Pennsylvania Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Patricia met her husband, Matthew, while attending Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University). As Matthew started his career in the Army, the couple moved to Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Georgia where they married. Despite the constant relocations, Patricia went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
In 1998, Patricia was admitted to the Arizona Bar. She worked for the Cochise County Public Defender’s Office for over two years where her duties included an emphasis on juvenile appeals.
Following Matthew’s active duty military career, the couple moved back to the Lehigh Valley with their three children in 2004. Patricia was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania that year and was hired as a Lehigh County Assistant District Attorney by District Attorney James B. Martin. During her tenure, she successfully prosecuted domestic violence, aggravated assault, and robbery cases.
For the last 13 years, Patricia has worked as a Northampton County Assistant District Attorney where she currently serves as Chief Deputy District Attorney. She leads the Violent Crime Unit and has also served as Chief of the Drug Unit. Patricia has successfully prosecuted murderers, kidnappers, drug dealers and other dangerous criminals. Her top priority is to ensure justice for victims and their families in these difficult cases.
As the youngest of ten children, family is especially important to Patricia. Her parents, Lino and Engracia Fuentes (née Rivera) were born and raised in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. They, along with her two oldest sisters, moved to Doylestown, Bucks County, where her father worked as a dishwasher, caretaker and cook to provide for their growing family. Eventually, he became a chef and worked full-time until he retired in his 80s. Patricia’s work ethic comes from her parents, who worked hard to provide her and her siblings with a great education and wonderful opportunities.
She is a member of the Lehigh and Northampton County Bar Associations and currently serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board of Northampton County. Patricia is committed to education and has taught or lectured criminal procedure and constitutional law at DeSales University, University of Maryland University College in Belgium, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Patricia and Matthew have been married for 35 years and live in South Whitehall Township. They have three adult children, Andrew, Alexander, and Julia, and two grandchildren. She is an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Orefield. In addition, she has served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Catholic Charities and participated in mission trips to Haiti.
“I work side-by-side with our police to put criminals behind bars, and I’ve spent time with victims of crime assisting them and supporting them as they work to rebuild their lives. I am committed to always protecting local families and keeping our communities safe. I believe this is exactly the type of experience Lehigh County needs in their next judge.”