Mark K. Altemose

Mark K. Altemose

Managing Partner
Location:
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone:
610-295-5321
888-854-6895
Fax:
610-332-2722
Email:

Mark Altemose is a native of Pen Argyl where he attended Pen Argyl High School. He attended college at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Economics. He attended Villanova University School of Law. He is a Partner with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, P.C.

During his legal career, Mark has limited his practice to personal injury and construction litigation. He has extensive expertise handling serious injury and death cases involving automobile, trucking and motorcycle negligence; medical malpractice; pharmaceutical malpractice; construction accidents; gas and chemical exposure and explosion accidents; product liability; dog bites; mass torts and slips and falls. He has acted as a lead counsel in many well-known Lehigh Valley catastrophic injury and death cases including most recently the Charles Cullen serial murder cases, the DePUY ASR defective hip implant litigation, the Allentown natural gas explosion and the underground propane tank explosion in Bushkill Township. He has achieved many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, several exceeding $10 million, including verdicts of $95 million, $4.36 million and $1.5 million, and a multiple plaintiff settlement of $20 million.

Mark has been an invited lecturer to Bar Associations and other lawyers groups to discuss the trial strategy and tactics that have enabled him to win large verdicts and settlements for his clients. He also regularly teaches continuing legal education courses to fellow attorneys regarding personal injury litigation and is often selected by Plaintiff and Defense attorneys as an independent mediator and arbitrator in complex personal injury cases.

Mark is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Accredited Agency.   He has been recognized by his peers with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest rating available for attorneys.  He has been elected by his peers Statewide as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2008 and as of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2009.  In 2014, his peers in the Lehigh Valley elected him as a “Select Lawyer”, recognizing him as a premier Lehigh Valley attorney in the areas of general civil litigation, medical malpractice law and personal injury and auto accidents.

In 1998, he was elected to Who’s Who in American Law. Also in 1998, he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and served on the Board until 2007. In 1999 he was appointed to the Leadership Council of the New Lawyer Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice; in 2000 he was appointed to Education Committee and in 2001 he was one of only 10 attorneys in the State asked to serve as a founding member and director of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice Auto Negligence Section. Also, in 2001 Mark was elected as a member of America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals. He was elected to Who’s Who in America in 2002 and Global Directory of Who’s Who – Best Lawyers in Pennsylvania in 2015.

Mark served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh County Bar Association from 2001 to 2006 and spent many years as Co-chairman of the Lehigh County Bar Association Law Day Committee. He received the Association’s Service Award in 1998.

Mark is admitted to practice law in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mark is an active member of the American Bar Association, Lehigh County Bar Association, Northampton County Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the Donald E. Wieand Barristers’ Inn, an organization dedicated to professionalism in law and comprised of a select group of attorneys and judges. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Inn in 2007 and Counselor to the Inn in 2011. He was elected President of the Inn in 2013.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Car and Trucking Accidents
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Immigration

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
    • A.B. cum laude - 1987
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Economics

References

  • Provident Bank

Classes/Seminars

  • “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”: The Status of the Assumption of the Risk Defense in Pennsylvania, Lehigh County Bar Association, 1999 - Present
  • Auto Law Strategies to Win: Bringing Subrogation Defenses into Focus, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - Present
  • Auto Law Practice Tips: How to Recognize the Bad Case and How to Increase the Bottom Line, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2001 - Present
  • Important New Developments in Auto Negligence Law, Northampton County and Lehigh County Bar Associations, 2001 - 2012
  • Analysis of the Swahl v. Biehl case: How I obtained a $300,000 verdict for a case involving client with 8 other accidents, Bucks County Bar Association, 2002 - Present
  • New Twists in Preparing, Settling and Trying the Auto Case, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 - Present
  • Hot Issues in UM and UIM Start to Finish: The Trial of the UM/UIM Case, , Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - Present
  • Auto Law Practice Tips, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Premises Liability, Monroe County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Navigating Through the Medicare Lien Maze, Northampton County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Important New Developments in Personal Injury Law, Northampton, Bucks and Lehigh County Bar Associations, 2013 - Present
  • Effective Strategies for Preparing, Examining and Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses, Northampton County Bar Association, 2015 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Co-Chairman, Law Day Committee of the Lehigh County Bar Association, 1994 - 2004
  • Member of Hearing Committee 2.04 of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1995 - 2000
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 - 2008
  • Elected to Who’s Who in American Law, 1998 - Present
  • Recipient of Service Award from Lehigh County Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Chairman, Hearing Committee 2.04 of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Leadership Counsel of the Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyer’s Association, 1999 - 2002
  • Member, Education Committee of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - 2008
  • Board of Directors of the Lehigh County Bar Association, 2001 - 2005
  • Co-Chairman, Programs Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh County Bar Association, 2001 - 2005
  • America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2001 - Present
  • Elected to Who’s Who in America, 2002 - Present
  • Elected to Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2003 - Present
  • Elected as a Team Leader, Donald E. Wieand Baristers’ Inn, 2005 - Present
  • Civil Rules Committee, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 2005 - 2010
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars, 2005 - 2007
  • Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Donald E. Wieand Barristers’ Inn, 2007 - 2011
  • Elected by Peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2008 - Present
  • Elected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Pennsylvania by the American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - Present
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania by The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - Present
  • Recognized by the National Law Journal and VerdictSearch as recovering the 20th largest verdict in the United States in 2010, 2010 - Present
  • Appointed Chairman, Bench/Bar Liaison Committee, Lehigh County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Elected Counselor of the Donald E. Wieand Barristers’ Inn, 2011 - 2013
  • Elected President of the Donald E. Wieand Barristers’ Inn, 2013 - 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, 2013 - Present
  • Elected by Peers as Lehigh Valley “Select Lawyer” in areas of medical malpractice law, personal injury law and automobile accidents law, 2014 - Present
  • Elected by Peers as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer, 2014 - Present
  • Appointed Chairman, Medical/Legal Committee, Northampton County Bar Association, 2015 - Present
  • Elected by Peers to National Association of Distinguished Counsel –Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys, 2015 - Present
  • Elected by Peers to Global Directory of Who’s Who—“Best Lawyers in Pennsylvania”, 2015 - Present
  • Recognized by Lehigh Valley Magazine as a “Local Legal Leader”, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member, Board of Governors, 1998 - 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Northampton County Bar Association, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Lehigh County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2006
  • American Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Donald E. Wieand Barristers' Inn, 1991 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Knafo Law Offices, Associate Junior Partner, 1994 - 2006
  • Brown, Brown, Solt & Ferretti, Associate, 1991 - 1994
  • Korn, Kline and Kutner, Associate, 1990 - 1991

Ancillary Businesses

  • Wills
  • Power of Attorney

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Gamma Delta