Julieanne Bateman watches attorney Charles Peruto speak to the press at the Bucks County Justice Center in 2019.
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A former Bucks County attorney who has been involved in one of the most iconic local trials in recent years is on former President Donald Trump’s defense team.
Julieanne Bateman, a native of Upper Bucks County and daughter of Bucks County’s President Judge Wallace Bateman, sat in the U.S. Senate Chamber in Washington DC on Tuesday to open the trial of Trump for his alleged role in inciting insurrection which led to multiple deaths at the US Capitol on Wednesday January 6th.
Trump was charged for the second time last month. While his impeachment occurred during his tenure as president, the trial comes weeks after President Joe Biden’s tenure.
Bateman is a member of the defense team for former Montgomery Republican District Attorney Bruce Castor, who also served briefly as acting Pennsylvania Attorney General while working for disgraced Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat. Civil and criminal defense attorney David Schoen; and Philadelphia-based defense and personal injury attorney Michael van der Veen.
Castor, Bateman and van der Veen work for the companies van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn and Levin.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the team had worked on Trump’s defense for hours before the trial began.
Bateman worked with nationally renowned Philadelphia attorney Charles Peruto in 2019 to defend Sean Kratz, a Philadelphia man who was jailed for life along with his cousin Cosmo DiNardo for the deaths of several young men in 2017. The high profile case and trial received national attention.
Bateman’s biography on the website of the law firm she works for states that she had a background in criminal law and the child welfare system in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. She previously served as the assistant district attorney in Franklin County and served as a clerk for Bucks County Judge Robert Baldi hearing the Trump campaign’s 2020 local election case.
Several years ago Bateman worked for the Perkasie-based law firm Grim, Biehn and Thatcher.
Bateman is familiar with Washington DC because she attended George Washington University. She holds a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in the country’s capital.
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