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Attorneys at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano of Scranton, Pa.

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Experience matters. That’s why so many people throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania put their trust in us every single day to handle their complicated legal issues. Founded in 1962, the law firm of Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano has a roster of seasoned attorneys who are prepared to represent clients facing a wide range of legal issues.

With over 140 years of combined experience, the lawyers at our law firm are dedicated to serving our clients’ complex legal needs. In Scranton and throughout the area, we provide top-notch legal services in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, real estate, wills, trusts and estates. We also have extensive experience handling ARD program cases in Pennsylvania.

We realize that the outcome of your case can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life. That’s what drives us to win. We work tirelessly on every single case we handle. We take every case – and your personal needs – very seriously at our law firm.

Who are the lawyers at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano?

We’re honored when people choose us to represent them. Our legal team consists of the following attorneys:

Our law firm also employs a dedicated team of paralegals and other professionals who provide hands-on, personalized service for every single client. We treat you like family at our law firm. Your needs always come first here.

We thoroughly understand how the legal system works in Lackawanna County and throughout Pennsylvania. In fact, many of our attorneys used to work inside the legal system, including a former two-term District Attorney.

There’s no substitute for experience. If you’re faced with a serious legal problem, you don’t want excuses. You want results. Find out how we can help you. Contact us today by calling (570) 348-0776. Free consultation. No obligation.

Gerard M. Karam

Gerard-M.-Karam

Education

  • Loyola University, J.D., 1987
  • St. Joseph’s University, B.S., 1984

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & credentials

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association (President, 2010; Director, 2002 – 2010; Co-Chair, Criminal Rules Committee, 1999 – 2000)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association Trial Lawyers
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 2000 – 2004)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors of Franklin Security Bank Admissions, 1987
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Certified Mediator for the Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine
  • 15 year Board Member at Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Board Member, Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Board Member, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service of Lackawanna County

Gerard M. Karam is an AVVO 10 Rated Attorney named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 4 years. A member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (reserved for attorneys who obtain settlements or verdicts over $1 million), attorney Karam focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, federal and state criminal law and banking law. Mr. Karam is a former chief public defender for Lackawanna County (1994 – 2003) and former assistant city solicitor for the City of Scranton.

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John Petorak

EducationJohn-Petorak

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1983
  • Marywood College, M.B.A., 1975
  • Mansfield University, B.S., 1972

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1984

Memberships & credentials

  • Lackawanna County Bar Association (Member, Criminal Rules Committee)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

John Petorak focuses his practice in the areas of state and federal criminal defense and litigation as well as residential and commercial real estate matters. Mr. Petorak is a former assistant public defender for Lackawanna County (1986 – 2013) and served as an adjunct professor for Pennsylvania State University (1986 – 1990). He is also a death penalty-certified attorney in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Rocco V. Valvano Jr.

EducationRocco-V.-Valvano,-jr

  • Widener University, J.D., 1997
  • University of Scranton, B.S., cum laude, 1993

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Memberships & credentials

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Lackawanna County Bar Association (Director, Young Lawyers Division, 2000 – 2004)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers

Rocco V. Valvano, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, personal injury and wrongful death. He is also a licensed Chicago Title Insurance Agent. Before joining the firm, Mr. Valvano served as law clerk to the Honorable Richard P. Conaboy, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania (1997 – 1999) and the Honorable Robert A. Mazzoni, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas (2001).

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Christopher J. Szewczyk

EducationChristopher-J.-Szewczyk

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Scranton, B.S., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2006

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Memberships & credentials

  • Lackawanna Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Solicitor, Dickson City Zoning Board
  • Solicitor, Lackawanna County Election Board (2011 and 2014)
  • Solicitor, Office of Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark P. McAndrew
  • Adjunct Professor, Marywood University
  • Board Member, Valley Community Library

Christopher J. Szewczyk focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, federal and state criminal law, real estate, wills and zoning law.

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Paul R. Mazzoni, Of Counsel

EducationPaul-R.-Mazzoni

  • Georgetown Law, LL.B., 1959
  • University of Scranton, A.B., 1956

Admissions – 1962

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court

Membership & credentials

  • Lackawanna County Bar Association (President, 1993)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell®

Paul R. Mazzoni focuses his practice in the areas of wills and estates, federal and state criminal law, personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Mazzoni is a former two-term district attorney of Lackawanna County, a former referee for the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Fund, solicitor for the Lackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority and former solicitor for the Valley View School District. Mr. Mazzoni is fluent in Italian.

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