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Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.)

Cohen Feeley Altemose & Rambo P.A.
2851 Baglyos Circle
Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Phone: 610-625-2100
Email: egiordano@cohenfeeley.com
Other URL http://www.cohenfeeley.com/attorneys/hon-emil-giordano-ret

Emil Giordano was born in Brooklyn, New York and both of his parents were immigrants to this country from Italy. He was the first in his family to attend high school and is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic. He went on to Penn State before graduating from Moravian College in 1982. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended Villanova Law School where he was elected Student Bar Association President.

In 2003, he was elected to serve as Judge on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. One of his main concerns was regarding elder abuse in its many forms. As a result, he was the first and only Judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of our senior citizens. He was also Northampton County’s first administrative Judge of the Orphans Court Division overseeing all the estates and trusts of the county. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court named Emil to Statewide Orphans Court Task Force the organization which is charged with implementing changes to Orphans Courts.

As a litigator and trial Judge, he has participated in well over 100 Jury Trials and several hundred Non Jury Trials.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Family (other)
  • Insurance
  • Labor Management
  • Land Use
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Torts
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2018

Fellow

Background

2005 - 2018 - Moravian College
Adjunct Professor - Teaching the following Undergraduate classes:
•Corrections in America
•Criminal Law and Society
•Crimes and Courts
•Criminal Law and Process
•Criminal Law and Evidence
•Family Law

2004 - 2018 - Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Easton, PA Judge, Third Judicial District
•Presided over jury and non-jury, criminal, civil, and family court matters.
•Conducted numerous and complex civil and criminal matters including death penalty cases.
•Participated in over 100 jury trials including capital cases.

2013 - 2018 - Orphans’ Court Section of Northampton County, Easton, PA Administrative Judge, Third Judicial District
•First in Pennsylvania to require certification of guardians.

2011 - 2018 - DeSales University, Center Valley, PA Adjunct Professor - Teaching the following Graduate Master of Criminal Justice classes:
•Advanced Issues in the U.S. Constitution and Criminal Law
•Teaches the following Undergraduate classes:
•Issues in Criminal Law
•Criminal Procedure
•Senior Seminar

2007 - 2010 - Domestic Relations Section of Northampton County Court, Easton, PA Administrative Judge, Third Judicial District
•Within first year, successfully led the Section to meet all four state-mandated performance measures for the first time in its history.
•Through tenure, the Section continued to achieve its goals and receive state incentive payments.

1988 - 2003 - Giordano Law Offices, Private Law Practice, Bethlehem, PA Founding Attorney and Lead Counsel
•Litigated major civil, personal injury, construction and commercial cases in Federal and State courts.
•Tried over 20 jury trials.
•Co-counsel for municipal defendants in CERCLA litigation in Federal courts. •Represented plaintiffs and defendants in Federal Civil Rights actions.
•Represented municipalities and contractors in competitive bidding and complex construction litigation.
•Represented municipalities and churches in RLUIPA cases.
•Oversaw two attorneys and five support staff.
•Served as Solicitor to multiple municipalities

2001 - 2003 - Hanover Township, Northampton County, Special Solicitor

1999 - 2003 - Borough of Chapman

1995 - 2003 - Borough of North Catasauqua

1994 - 2001 - Borough of Northampton

1992 - 1993 - Moore Township

1994 – 1996 - Northampton County Public Defender's Office, Easton, PA Assistant Public Defender

1992 – 2003 - Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club Solicitor

1990 - Lehigh County Public Defender's Office, Allentown, PA Assistant Public Defender

1990 - 1995 - Upper Mount Bethel Township Policeman’s Association Solicitor

1987 - 1998 - Holland, Taylor and Sorrentino, P.C., Bethlehem, PA Associate
•Civil litigator; managed all aspects of insurance defense from discovery through trial

1985 - 1987 - Broome County District Attorney's Office, Binghamton, NY Assistant District Attorney
•Prosecuted summary, misdemeanor and felony cases.
•Handled grand jury presentments.

Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and Northampton County Bar Association
•Presenter
•Guardianship
•Employment
•Municipal Law

Education/Training

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1985

Moravian College, B.A. in Political Science, 1982

Practicing in Pennsylvania

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