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Joseph O’Brien and Michael O’Brien recently completed the successful defense of two professional defendants who were sued for violation of covenants not to compete contained in written agreements with prior employers.
One of the cases involved an insurance professional who started his own agency. The other case involved a healthcare professional who affiliated with a new group. Each case was resolved without any payment by the Defendant and without any restriction on any of their future professional activities.
Joseph O’Brien and Jenna Kraycer Tuzze recently completed the successful defense of three separate cases filed against an area business corporation which owns a recreational lake in northeastern Pennsylvania.
In each case, the property owners in the vicinity of the lake claimed the right to use the lake without paying the fee established by the Defendant owner. The cases were tried separately and involved different facts and different legal issues, among them, easement by deed, prescriptive easement, implied easement and easement by reservation. The cases were tried before the court without a jury. The court entered a verdict in favor of the Defendant lake owner in all three cases, as well as, an injunction precluding the plaintiffs’ future use of the lake without Defendant’s approval.
Joseph O’Brien presented Keynote Address at the LBA’s Interfaith Service
OPR partner Atty. Joseph O’Brien presented the Keynote Address entitled “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” at the LBA’s Interfaith Service on May 8, 2019 in Scranton.
Atty. Joseph O'Brien and Atty. Michael O'Brien successfully defended on appeal an antitrust suit
OPR in the News: Atty. Joseph O'Brien and Atty. Michael O'Brien successfully defended on appeal an antitrust suit filed by two cable installation contractors against a national cable communications company and another contractor. The Third Circuit affirmed the earlier determination of Judge Robert Mariani of the District Court, who concluded that the record contained no evidence of any antitrust injury sustained by the plaintiffs or any evidence that the defendants were guilty of any anti-competitive behavior.
Michael O'Brien named a Pennsylvania Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine
Atty. Michael O’Brien was recently named a Pennsylvania Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine, an honor awarded to fewer than 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys.
Atty. O'Brien is a partner at OPR and concentrates his practice in commercial and civil litigation, business law, personal injury law and criminal defense. A graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University Law School, Atty. O’Brien is a U.S. Army veteran and an adjunct professor at Marywood University, where he teaches Business Law.
OPR partner Atty. Joseph O’Brien successfully defended an antitrust suit filed by two cable installation contractors against a national cable communications company and another contractor. In the Court's opinion, Judge Mariani concluded that the record contained no evidence of any antitrust injury sustained by the plaintiffs or any evidence that the defendants were guilty of any anti-competitive behavior.
Jenna M. Kraycer joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. A native of Peckville, Jenna is a 2010 graduate of Valley View High School. Attorney Kraycer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated summa cum laude. Jenna attended the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she served as a Senior Editor to the Penn State Law Review, and obtained a Juris Doctor degree.She successfully passed the July 2017 Pennsylvania bar exam.
James J Gillotti attended the annual Elder Law Institute, a 2 day continuing legal education seminar conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Harrisburg. Several hundred attorneys attended this event to enhance their knowledge of subjects such as estate planning, special needs planning and protecting assets from nursing home costs. Topics that were discussed included recent developments in those areas of the law.
The law firm was one of a group of local businesses serving as sponsors for 2017 summer concerts taking place each week at Hillside Park in Clarks Summit. These concerts, where admission is free, provide an opportunity for members of the community to enjoy music on Wednesday nights in an outdoor setting at the park.
James J Gillotti gave a presentation to members of a support group for families of individuals having Alzheimer's disease. The presentation, which was given at Elan Gardens, a Senior living Center in Clarks Summit, included information about protecting assets from long-term care costs.
James J Gillotti was recertified by the National Elder Law Foundation ("NELF") as a certified Elder Law Attorney ("CELA"). NELF is the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in Elder Law. It is also the only entity authorized by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to grant certification in elder law for lawyers in the Commonwealth. There are less than 60 CELAs in Pennsylvania and approximately 500 in the United States.
James J Gillotti gave a presentation at the Peoples Law School, an annual event conducted by the Lackawanna Bar Association. It was attended by lawyers who received continuing legal education credit, and members of the general public. The topic was Crisis Nursing Home Planning. Various strategies available under the law to protect assets from the costs of long-term care were explained by Mr. Gillotti.
James J Gillotti attended two events in Lancaster: 1. The semiannual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and 2. The annual Elder law Institute, a 2-day continuing legal education seminar conducted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The latter event was attended by more than 300 lawyers from across the Commonwealth. It is regarded as one of the best yearly seminars on Elder Law in the United States.
Attorney Jane Carlonas was appointed in June, 2016 to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Scranton Primary Health Care Center, Inc.
James J. Gillotti gave a presentation to residents of Green Ridge Senior Apartments in Scranton. The topic was the Basics of Estate Planning - wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, trusts, Pennsylvania inheritance tax & the probate process.
Joseph A. O’Brien gave a presentation regarding legal aspects of managing personnel to a group of executives of non-profit organizations. The presentation was given under the auspices of the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium.
Attorney Michael O'Brien has been named as Profile Editor of the Federal Bar Association Military and Veterans Law Newsletter.
Joseph A. O’Brien was reappointed Solicitor for the North Pocono School District. He also serves as Solicitor for the following governmental entities: Roaring Brook Township, Fell Township, Elmhurst Township Zoning Board, and Clarks Summit Borough (Labor Solicitor).
Oliver Price and Rhodes was one of 2 organizations to receive the 2015 Community Partner Award from the Scranton Area Foundation. The award was given at the Foundation's annual Community Celebration in Scranton.
Atty. James J. Gillotti was the speaker at a continuing legal education seminar given to members of the Lackawanna Bar Association in Scranton. The topic was Ethical Issues in Estate Planning.
Atty. James J Gillotti gave a presentation to members of the general public. The topic was Legal Issues for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. He was one of several speakers at a day-long conference held at Marywood University in Scranton, which was conducted by the VNA Hospice and Home Health Organization
Al Weinschenk was recently reappointed the Solicitor for Clarks Green Borough and the Roaring Brook Township Sewer Authority.
January 19, 2015 Kimberly Kost Scanlon joined the faculty of Keystone College as an adjunct professor teaching Organization Development and Change in the Human Resources and Management department.
James Reid named Library laureate.