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Every generation experiences at least one political moment that changes their lives forever, and mine was the Watergate Scandal. I already had an interest in the justice system, but seeing the law prevail over the president solidified my decision to attend law school. The fact that attorneys could use the law to keep powerful politicians in check was astounding to me, and I wanted to affect the same kind of positive change in my own career. 

Today, I can proudly say I’ve been leveling the playing field for my own clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland for over 41 years now. Though, in my case, I have generally advocated for victims of crime and injury. While you would think that everyone would fight for those facing such dire circumstances, I , unfortunately, have not found that to be the case. 

Fighting the Powerful 

Not long ago, I represented a woman who was hit by a drunk driver. She was badly injured in the collision. Her feet were crushed entirely, and she had recently opened her own massage therapy practice, where she was required to stand in order to practice her craft. After the accident, she was no longer able to perform the duties of her job. Her whole world was changed, and she was only in her thirties. 

Although insurance exists to support victims such as my client, the companies involved in her case did not want to pay her what she needed in order to fully recover. I had to painstakingly analyze five different insurance policies in order to provide her with adequate coverage. Between the insurance complications and the complex vehicle relationships involved in the crash, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. There, I was able to provide her with the compensation she both deserved and needed to heal completely. 

Working as an assistant DA opened my eyes to how much a case can affect someone and gave me the sensitivity needed to help others heal.


It’s stories like these that make me proud of what I do. Even though it feels good to win and receive justice, most cases are about so much more than that. A single accident, for instance, can impact every aspect of your life. You may not only have lasting physical impairments — you could suffer emotional distress and require extensive counseling, too. Preparing for such accommodations often requires ample planning and financial resources. Therefore, my end goal is never simply to win. Rather, it is to ensure that you can enjoy health and happiness for the rest of your life. 

Practicing with Purpose 

If you couldn’t already tell, the relationships I have with my clients are the most satisfying part of my career. It’s rewarding to help those who are down and out, and many of my clients and I keep in touch long after their cases are over. I consider it an honor to represent each and every client, and if you see me in a hearing or trial, you’ll recognize how seriously I take the responsibility. I will even call in other co-counsel attorneys if I believe it will strengthen the case. It’s just another way I work diligently on your behalf. And, of course, I’ll communicate what I’m doing and why every step of the way.

My innate desire to help others extends far beyond the firm walls. Currently, I’m in the process of applying to become an Angel air rescue pilot, which would allow me to fly the injured to larger municipal hospitals in the area in order to receive proper medical care. I already have my pilot’s license, so why not use it to help those in need? I suppose being a personal injury attorney has become more than just a 9 - 5 job to me. Advocating for the injured is now simply what I do, both in and out of my practice. 

Bar Admissions

  • State of Pennsylvania
  • Federal Courts

Education

  • Juris Doctor - Widener University School of Law, 1975
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Temple University, 1971

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Member - Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member - Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer Association
  • Member - American Bar Association
  • Member - American Trial Lawyer Association
  • Former Member - National District Attorney’s Association

Accomplishments 

Private Civil Practice, 1997 to Present

  • Focused exclusively on personal injury claims
  • Taken client cases to trial in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Wyoming and Susquehanna County Courts.
  • Taken Client cases to trial in the United States district court for the Middle District and Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Taken clients’ appeal cases to Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Court and the United States Circuit Court for the 3rd circuit
  • Drafted comments for the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence
  • Lectured for the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer Association

Assistant District Attorney of Lackawanna County, 1977 - 2010

  • Head of Arson Task Force
  • Head of Joint State, Federal, County and Municipal Task Force
  • 20+ Homicide trials
  • 100+ Non-homicide trials
  • Appeals work in Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts on numerous matters
  • Appeals work in the United States Circuit and the United States Supreme Court

City Solicitor for the City of  Scranton

  • Legal Counsel to City during development of Steamtown Mall
  • Settled labor contracts with city Police, Fire and DPW Union
  • Solicitor for Scranton City Counsel