Emil Giordano

Norris McLaughlin PA
515 West Hamilton Street
Suite 502
Allentown, PA 18101

Phone: 484-765-2235
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Judge Giordano Resume

Judge 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 High School He graduated from Moravian College in 1982 and Villanova Law School in 1985 .He was admitted to Bar of New York and PA. He practiced law in New York and PA and is frequent lecturer on various legal topics .He served as Adjunct Professor at Moravian College and DeSales University.

In 2003, he was elected to serve as Judge on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. In 2017, the Pennsylvania Bar Association rated Judge Giordano, highly qualified to serve on Superior Court of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court named Judge Giordano to Statewide Orphans Court Task Force, the organization which is charged with implementing changes to Orphans Courts. In 2018 he retired from the bench and returned to private practice with a concentration on Mediation and Arbitration. He also completed the Advanced Mediator Program at Harvard Law School and is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

A fifteen year career as a practicing attorney, primarily in litigation;fifteen years as a trial judge in the court of common pleas; now a successful Arbitrator/Mediator. As Judge, conducted countless jury and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, in broad range of disputes under Pennsylvania and Federal Law,including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations,labor and land use appeals, criminal and domestic relations. As an attorney, litigated major civil construction and commercial cases in Federal and state courts, with well over 20 jury trials; represented both organized labor and management in various disputes over the years.

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



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
•Municipal Law


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

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

Practicing in Pennsylvania

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