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Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

WHY MIKE?

I was born and raised in the City of Reading; the oldest of eight children. I began working in family owned sandwich shops when I was in 9th grade. I was educated St. Joseph’s elementary school and graduated from Central Catholic high school.  I obtained my undergraduate degree from Millersville State College and my law degree from Temple University.

I stayed in my hometown to practice law and raise my family. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 41 years and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren all of whom live in Reading. I currently practice law with my son.

My experience in 38 years of practice of the law has been varied and extensive. I have represented law enforcement and those accused of crimes, a labor union and businesses, the wealthy and the less fortunate, corporations and Mom and Pop stores. I have represented people of every imaginable background who had in common only the fact that they needed help.

Although I always have maintained my primary office in Berks County, my practice has taken me to many other counties in Pennsylvania as well as into federal courts in other jurisdictions. I have argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. I have appeared in 29 of 60 Judicial Districts in Pennsylvania, and conducted trials in a large number of them.  These appearances were in cases ranging from traffic tickets to capital murder.

In addition to my extensive experience in trial courts, I have appeared before the federal and state boards of parole, various professional licensing agencies, the Pennsylvania public utilities commission, the Pennsylvania insurance commission, municipal authorities and hearing boards.

I was solicitor for both Sheriff Kramer and Sheriff Jozwiak, and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Solicitors Association. I was responsible to assist the Sheriff in civil matters, service of process, office procedures, and determination of property exemption claims in personal property execution cases.  I also represented the Sheriff at Sheriff Sales of real property in mortgage foreclosure actions. 
In civil matters I represented both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions, contract claims, mechanic’s liens, estates, divorce, custody and support matters. I acted as General Counsel to Teamsters local 429 advising local officials on day-to-day matters and representing the union employees where the employer was seeking an injunction against picketing during several strikes.

I have acted as counsel for the plaintiff, counsel for the defendant, member of the arbitration panel and chairman of the panel in innumerable statutory arbitration cases.

I believe the experience I will bring to the bench, both legal experience and life experience, will benefit all those who must appear in court.