Meet our staff for the District Attorney’s Office:
Leanne R. Nedza, First Assistant District Attorney
Leanne R. Nedza, a veteran prosecutor and defense attorney, serves as First Assistant District Attorney in the Office of District Attorney of Clearfield County. As first assistant, Nedza will be the second-in-command to the district attorney and will act as the district attorney in his absence.
Nedza completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she graduated cum laude, and then graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 2002. While a student at Duquesne, she was an intern at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, serving under the late Justice Ralph Cappy. After graduating from Duquesne, Nedza worked as the judicial law clerk for Elk/Cameron counties until January of 2004, when she joined the Clearfield County Office of District Attorney. During her seven years in the DA’s Office, Nedza prosecuted numerous felony and misdemeanor cases, and has argued a number of cases before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She has also argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her time in the Clearfield County DA’s Office, Nedza joined the Law Office of Blakley and Jones where she was an associate until opening her own law office in July of 2012.
“I am very pleased that Leanne agreed to join my team as first assistant district attorney,” Sayers said. “Throughout her career as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, she has been a zealous advocate for her clients. This experience and determination will be a benefit to the people of Clearfield County because she will be an advocate for them. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney, Leanne will bring a new perspective to the job and I am excited to work with her to help protect the citizens of Clearfield County.”
“I am honored that DA-elect Sayers chose me for this position,” said Nedza. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and I look forward to working with him and local law enforcement to serve the people of Clearfield County.”
Trudy G. Lumadue, Deputy District Attorney
Trudy G. Lumadue serves as Deputy District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office. Trudy was born and raised in Spring Valley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Philipsburg-Osceola High School. Following high school, Trudy obtained her Bachelor Degree and a Master of Arts Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After college, she moved to the west coast and earned her law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Trudy attended Cal-West on
a full-scholarship, was a member of Law Review and the Appellate Court Competition Team. Trudy is licensed to practice law in California and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has experience working on high profile, federal criminal cases in California.
Trudy returned to Pennsylvania in 2005 and was employed by Naddeo & Lewis as an associate civil litigator for three years. Trudy then joined the District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney from January 2010 until January 2014, during which time she was Chief of the appeals unit, supervised the prosecution of juvenile offenders, and prosecuted adult criminal cases. Trudy left the DA’s office and opened Lumadue Law Office in Clearfield where she ran a successful practice for six years. During these years Trudy was also raising her six adopted children through their younger years.
In October of 2018, Trudy returned to the District Attorney’s Office as a part-time Assistant District Attorney and remained part-time until January 2020, when she was appointed to Deputy District Attorney by DA Sayers. As Deputy District Attorney, Trudy manages the case load of the office by assigning the over 1,200 cases a year to the attorneys in the office. Additionally, she attends preliminary hearings, appears for motions court and sentencing court, and handles trials. Trudy has a passion for helping to protect the children of our county and takes special interest in handling cases involving minors because she wants to ensure our County remains a safe place to not only live, but to pursue ones dreams and callings.
Steven M. Johnston, Assistant District Attorney
Steven M. Johnston joined the District Attorney’s Office in September of 2021, after serving the county as a full-time public defender for approximately 3½ years.
A Clearfield County native, Steven graduated from DuBois Area High School in 1995 and later attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1999.
During his tenure in the Army, Steven was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, and attained the rank of Captain before leaving the military to pursue a career in law. Steven earned his juris doctorate from William & Mary Law School in 2009 and began his legal career as a patent attorney, focusing his practice on patent, trademark, and copyright litigation matters. He is admitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.
In 2018, Steven returned to Clearfield County and accepted a position as an assistant public defender. As a public defender, Steven represented indigent clients in a variety of felony and misdemeanor cases, and resolved numerous cases through trial and negotiated resolutions.
Warren B. Mikesell II, Assistant District Attorney
Warren B. Mikesell, II, serves as a part-time Assistant District Attorney with the Office of District Attorney. In this position, Warren has a full caseload in which he handles preliminary hearings, criminal call, and trials.
Warren is a 1977 graduate of Clearfield Area High School. After high school, he served in the United States Navy from 1977 until 1985, attaining the rank of Personnelman First Class Petty Officer. He was honorably discharged and enrolled in Grove City College where he completed his undergraduate studies in Business Administration and Economics. Following that he earned his juris doctorate from The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Upon returning to Clearfield, Warren joined his father, Donald R. Mikesell in the practice of law. During Warren’s career, in addition to his private practice, he has been both an Assistant District Attorney and an Assistant Public Defender.
Warren lives in Clearfield with his wife. He is the father of three children, and has three grandchildren.