I list federal practice on my Monroe County Bar Association referral page. In fact, at least half my practice is in federal court both as a trial attorney and as a federal court mediator. As a result, I frequently receive calls from potential clients who want to file claims in federal court based on the…

Is Mediation a sign of weakness? I’m a litigator and I’m also a mediator. I get it. Clients who believe in the value of their claim see mediation as a sign of weakness. If you’ve been seriously injured, accepting less than the “full” value of your claim is a concession you don’t want to make….

I’m writing this post both as a federal mediator and as an attorney for plaintiffs. Yes, I’m wearing two hats but in this case the two “hats” might be helpful to you. “We fight, we win!” Let’s say your attorney suggests you”mediate” your lawsuit.Whatever happened to “We fight for you”? That was on the billboard,…

What do you think about roundabouts in eastern Pennsylvania? Roundabouts are popping up all over Pennsylvania and despite their statistical safety improvements, many local drivers dread them because they haven’t had much experience with them. Plan to See More Roundabouts Locally Allentown and Easton have two prominent roundabouts in their City centers. Monroe County acquired…

  Local Counsel Services Need a “local” attorney to assist you in your eastern Pennsylvania case? Get the home team advantage. Newman Williams lawyers routinely serve as local counsel to out-of-state law firms and lawyers unfamiliar with local practices and procedures. We are an AV-rated firm with an office in Monroe County, PA. We practice…

1000 Victims and more than 300 Perpetrators Identified On August 14, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a report detailing the results of a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse of children within six dioceses of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The report also describes the systemic cover up of the abuse by…

In a recent study released by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, one-third of parents reported reading text messages while driving, one-fourth sent text messages and one-seventh used social media while driving children between the ages of 4 and 10. Bloomberg posted this graphic based on the…

Right to Know Law Ruling The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled on July 20, 2018 that the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) required disclosure of a school bus surveillance video, which showed a teacher roughly disciplining a student on a bus. The Court rejected the arguments of the Easton School District that the video was not subject to the RTKL…

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Minnesota Law review article on the limits of presidential power is generating interest in advance of senate hearings. Some commentators argue it reflects views that are disqualifying. The article was adapted from remarks Judge Kavanaugh made at the University of Minnesota Law School on October 17, 2008—about two weeks…

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in northeastern Pennsylvania, I’d be happy to answer your questions and protect your right to compensation. Motorcycles are not cars and riders face unique challenges that the average personal injury lawyer does not truly understand unless he rides himself. The concept of “counter-steering” is probably “Latin” to…