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….

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…

This lawsuit addresses the liability of a Pennsylvania County Sheriff’s office for hiring an extradition company whose employees harmed an extradited prisoner. Police stopped Darren Richardson for rolling through a stop sign in Hernando County, Florida. They took Richardson into custody after discovering there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Pike County, Pennsylvania….

Today, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mediation center at the federal courthouse in Scranton. The guest list included all of the Middle District judges and the panel of certified mediators. It’s really a beautiful facility and will include video conferencing capability. Chief Judge Conner and mediation coordinator, Joe Barrett, spoke briefly…

If you’re an attorney with an office outside Monroe County and trying your first or tenth case here, conforming to local procedural rules may not necessarily be intuitive. Certainly, Monroe County practice has become more user friendly than it used to be but having local counsel on the “ground” to assist, can be beneficial. I…

Although there are a few exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires that legal process be served by the County Sheriff’s Office. But what is a sheriff’s deputy to do when the defendant he is supposed to serve has posted her property with “No Trespassing” signs and has a locked gate across her driveway? Does the deputy infringe…