When bad things happen and you need help, it’s tough to judge who will be best at helping you fight for what you deserve. So here’s a bit about how we work that may help you decide if Munley is right for you.
- We work hard and smart. Munley Law was founded in 1959 and since the beginning it has always functioned with the same mindset – to work harder and smarter than everyone else. The family of lawyers who make up Munley Law are fighters on your behalf and will always do everything they can to get the results you deserve.
- We’re a team. Yes, the majority of the Munley lawyers are related. The benefit to that is that we work together very well, and while you may have one of us to represent you, you have the combined knowledge and experience of all of us to power your case forward. No one’s competing to get their last name added to the firm, and because that competition isn’t present, we’re all willing to help each other out. Another unique element to our team dynamic is our superior paralegal group, led by Deborah Kell, Head Paralegal. This strong support system frees our lawyers to spend more time and energy on the most important part of the case: you and your family.
- We care. As contributors to our local community, we actually do care about you and not just your case. And when we ask the hard questions we’re treating you just like we’d treat one of our own family members.
How We Charge
Most people avoid hiring a lawyer because they think they all charge by the hour and at astronomical rates. Actually, in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, lawyers work on a contingent fee basis. What that means is the attorney only gets paid if he or she wins money damages for you – the client. The fee agreement is usually a percentage of the amount recovered. This makes it possible for anyone to hire only the best lawyer. It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation that is equal to the best that insurance companies, doctors and other defendants can hire.
Our family of lawyers and our support staff have an unwavering interest in the future and direction of our communities. It’s part of our philosophy to help in the communities we serve.
Here are just a few examples of the contributions that our staff and our founders are making:
The “Robert & Bernadine Munley Endowed Scholarship” has been established for Landmark College in Vermont. Landmark College is the nation’s premier college for students with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and other specific learning disabilities. The scholarship is presented to a worthy student with learning disabilities who would like to become an attorney. Robert W. Munley serves as a member and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the college.
The Marion Munley Scholarship has been established at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in honor of the former PA State House of Representatives member. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a student in Lackawanna County interested in pursuing a career in law or politics. Presently, Attorney Marion Munley serves as a member of the Marywood University Board of Trustees.
The University of Scranton has created a scholarship in the name of Robert W. Munley. Robert W. Munley and his brother, The Honorable James W. Munley, contributed to this scholarship in honor of their father. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a student in Lackawanna County who is interested in pursuing a career in law or politics.
Munley sponsors the annual Family-to-Family Thanksgiving Food Basket Program. Following in the footsteps of their father, Robert W. Munley, Chris and Caroline Munley take to the airwaves every November via a paid advertising schedule and ask for contributions on behalf of the program, which has served over 250,000 needy families since its inception over two decades ago. Additionally, every Christmas season, Munley’s team of volunteers give time and money to make sure there’s a little something under the Christmas tree for needy kids in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Along with a variety of private agencies, the firm has underwritten expense free trips to send more than 300 children and adult volunteers to the United States Capital in Washington, D.C. in association with Scranton Project Hope. The trips are comprised of children from low-income families ranging in age from preschoolers to teenagers. Project Hope helps these youngsters realize how important it is for Americans to learn about and participate actively in our democracy, both as citizens and as leaders.
The Munley staff put on sneakers and take to the streets to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Many people in the firm have had their lives affected by breast cancer whether it was through a friend, family member, client or even personally.
C.A.S.U.A.L. Day (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives), sponsored by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, started out as an event primarily in Lackawanna County but has now spread to all six surrounding counties. Over 150 businesses and more than 6500 individuals participate in the event by purchasing and wearing T-shirts or pins to work on a designated Thursday in March. Proclamations by all six County Commissioners Offices give additional support and recognition. C.A.S.U.A.L. Day is growing and Munley is proud to be part of this critical awareness effort in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Munley is proud to be affiliated with Serving Seniors, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and care of nursing home residents, personal care home residents and older adults in Lackawanna County.
The firm serves as hole sponsors for numerous charitable golfing events such as the Partnership for Clarks Summit State Hospital, the Lackawanna Bar Association, Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, Lackawanna College and many others.
Senior Pre-Litigation Paralegal, Janie Lamberton, is a shining example of how our firm makes a difference, both in the courtroom and in the community. A pet lover and owner of five rescued dogs, Janie has been a long-time volunteer with organizations like the Humane Society of Lackawanna County, the Dessin Animal Shelter, Dogs of Appalachian Welfare Group, Appalachian Animal Rescue Friends, Circle of Light and Tracey’s Hope. She also volunteers with TDI (Therapy Dogs International) visiting nursing homes, hospitals, hospice facilities and local libraries. Janie also transports volunteers to and from shelters, and assists both local and non-local shelters with fundraising projects. She works tirelessly to unite homeless pets to pet-less homes (or homes in need of more pets!). Her motto is “until they all have a home.”