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Paul G. Lees

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1495 Valley Center Parkway
Suite 350
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(484) 895-2321
(484) 895-0208 - Fax
pglees@mdwcg.com

Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights and municipal liability, construction defect and premises liability, products and general liability matters. He not only represents municipal/public entity defendants, but also private educational institutions and universities concerning police practices and security issues. Paul has defended hundreds of litigated matters involving municipal and public entity defendants including employment-related matters, civil rights/constitutional law, and claims under the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. As well, he represents and defends clients in all stages of employment proceedings including matters pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and, thereafter, within state trial courts and federal district courts.

In 1990 Paul graduated from Kutztown University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the college of business. Following college he attended Widener University School of Law in Delaware, from which he graduated cum laude with a juris doctor in 1993.

While attending law school, Paul began his legal career with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a law clerk in the firm's Norristown, Pennsylvania, office. While holding that position, he worked for John R. Warner, Esq., assisting him with his defense of medical malpractice cases, and Joseph J. Santarone, Esq., who concentrated his practice on municipal liability cases. Following graduation, Paul continued with the firm as an associate, and in 1994 he returned to his native area – the Lehigh Valley.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended whistleblower claims against a school district where the employee was disciplined following reports of loss and theft of district property.

  • Successfully defended First Amendment claims arising out of township zoning practices and denial of business license to “gentleman’s” club.

  • Successfully defended wrongful discharge claim brought by multiple family members involving whistle blower allegations and workplace safety and with compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $1 million and which resulted in dismissal of all claims.

  • Successfully defended extension of application of Pennsylvania Hills and Ridges defense to snow removal contractors in case involving admitted notice of icy conditions but ambiguous contractual responsibilities.

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, 1993  J.D.

    Honors: cum laude

  • Kutztown University, 1990 B.S.

Published Works

  • "Technically Deficient Return of Service Does Not Void Service Itself," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 8, 1998

  • "Surface Waters: A 'Common Enemy' to Both Property Owners and Pedestrians," Pittsburgh Legal Journal, Vol. 123, No. 43, 1999

Law Alerts July 1, 2013
High school students Brittany and Emily Morrow and their parents Bradley and Diedre Morrow brought this action against Blackhawk School District and Blackhawk High School's Assistant Principal, Barry Balaski, claiming Brittany and Emily were..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts July 1, 2013
The plaintiff was injured driving his motorcycle in Philadelphia when he collided with a woman who was attempting to traverse a twelve-lane boulevard after dismounting a bus that had been operated by defendant, Southeastern Pennsylvania..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts July 1, 2013
The plaintiffs' decedent was a passenger in a vehicle that was fleeing from a police vehicle. During the course of the pursuit, the operator of the fleeing vehicle lost control, left the road and struck a house, resulting in injuries causing the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts January 1, 2012
Before the students completed the defendant college's police technology program, the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission suspended the Academy's Act 120 certification. The Training Commission based..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2012
Law Alerts July 1, 2011
This case involved a claim by an estate against the County Register and which asserted a claim for losses arising out of the first administrator's handling of the estate. The Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, 20 Pa.C.S. §3172 is a..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2011
Law Alerts October 1, 2010
The impact of a pair of decisions issued by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in 2008, which vastly expanded the scope of governmental immunity to all claims, tort or contract, has been short lived. In Meyer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a..., Case Law Alert - 4t Qtr 2010

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
  • Kutztown University (B.S., 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

  • Lehigh County Bar Association
  • Northampton County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 1991

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