Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), Partner
Location:
2851 Baglyos Cir #200, Bethlehem, PA 18020

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.
 

Education

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

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

Past Employment Positions

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
     
Bar Admissions
1985 - New York
1986 - Pennsylvania
1987 - United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Professional Associations And Memberships

1990 - Present - American Bar Association

2003 - 2018 Pennsylvania State Trial Judges

1987 - Present - Pennsylvania Bar Association

1987 - Present - Northampton County Bar Association

2013 - Present - Civil & Equal Rights Committee

2005 - Present - Family Law Section

2004 - Present - Civil Litigation Section

2005 - Present - Criminal Justice Section

2014 - International & Comparative Law Section

2014 - Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

2014 - Elder Law Section

2014 - Intellectual Property Law Section

2014 - Federal Bar Association

Honors And Awards

Highly recommended for Superior Court by Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Commission 
2005 - Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victim’s Rights (first judicial recipient to receive this award)

2005 - Bethlehem Catholic High School Distinguished Graduate Award

2004 - Sons of Italy Annual Achievement Award

1991 - Victims of Irreparable Crime Experience Endorsed Candidate, Office of District Attorney of Northampton County

Professional Associations And Memberships

2003 - Northampton County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chairman

2001 - 2002 - Northampton County Bar Association Municipal Law Committee, Chairman and Lecturer

1990 - 2003 - Citizen’s Police Academy, D.A.R.E., and Minsi Trails Council, BSA, Lecturer

2000 - 2010 - Lehigh Little League, Board of Directors and Coach

2001 - 2011 - Notre Dame CYO, Member of Board of Directors
2012 – Present - Notre Dame CYO, Coach

2003 - Present - Hellertown Lions Club, Member

1996 - 2004 - UNICO, Member
2012 - Present - UNICO Member

2012 - Present - Saint Thomas More Society, Member of Board of Governors

2011 - Dissolution - Bethlehem Catholic High School, Member of Endowment Board

2013 - Present - Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer

2016 - Present - Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee, Member

2017 - Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Member and Presenter on Orphans’ Court Matters