Campenni

Position: Partner

Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights
  • Employee Discrimination
  • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury

Contact

Address: 15 South Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0075

PH: 570-826-5652
FX: 570-706-3437
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Assistant’s Name: Ann Marie Maskinas
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For nearly a decade, Tom’s practice has focused on the representation of individuals and businesses in federal and state employment, civil rights, commercial law and personal injury matters.

His clients have come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the engineering, computer, logistic, and service industries, local and state governmental entities, and everyday people who have suffered an injustice. Over the years, he has been involved in cases that have set precedent in the employment, civil rights, commercial, and personal injury context. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Campenni was a Law Clerk to former Chief Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, now a Circuit Judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association (Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association), the Federal Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the West Pittston Civil Service Commission, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the West Pittston Library and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Area Football Alumni Association. Mr. Campenni is a graduate of Cornell University and Temple University Law School.

Representative Matters

  • Served as lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of two Italian corporate entities on complex personal jurisdiction and successor liability issues in products liability action. (2012)
  • Served as lead counsel in obtaining dismissal for local governmental agency in a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. (2011)
  • Served as lead counsel in obtaining a six-figure personal injury settlement for a plaintiff injured in a trucking accident. (2011)
  • Served as Co-counsel in obtaining sizeable jury verdict in state court on behalf of a Northeastern Pennsylvania architectural and engineering firm who had sued a real estate developer in a case alleging breach of contract. (2009)
  • Successfully defended a local governmental agency in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging violations of his right to freedom of speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. (2009)
  • Successfully defended a national employer in the logistics industry in federal court sued by its former employee alleging disability discrimination and retaliatory discharge from employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (2008)
  • Successfully defended a local governmental agency in a civil rights lawsuit alleging excessive force by police officers under the Fourteenth Amendment. (2008)
  • Co-counsel in a trucking accident case resulting in a settlement for the victim in excess of $850,000.00. (2004)

Education

Cornell University (B.S., 1997)
Temple University School of Law (J.D., 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United State Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Presentations/Publications

  • Attorney Tom Campenni spoke to the Northeast Business club about the differences between full and limited tort and cautioned… about opting for the limited coverage in order to reduce your auto insurance costs. Should you be involved in a serious car accident, without full tort, you are waving your right to recover damages for pain and suffering. Tom advises to protect yourself with full tort. He went on to describe that not every case results in a law suit, and at the end of the day, it’s always the client’s decision. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident and have any questions or concerns about your case, give Tom a call: 570-826-5652.
  • Medical Malpractice Case Update – September, 2009
  • Medical Malpractice Case Update – September, 2010

Honors

Law Clerk to former Chief Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, now a Judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States.

BV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell — This rating attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

“CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas J. Campenni, an Associate in our Litigation Department, who graduated from Leadership Wilkes-Barre in June, 2013.”  Joseph L. Persico, Managing Partner

“CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas J. Campenni, who has been granted Partnership in our firm effective January 1, 2014.”  Joseph L. Persico, Managing Partner

Professional Community Activities

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Luzerne County Bar Association (Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Northeast Business Club
  • West Pittston Civil Service Commission — Vice Chairman
  • Wyoming Area Football Alumni Association, Inc. — Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception — Member
  • Rosemary R. Campenni Memorial Scholarship — Trustee
  • James M. Campenni Memorial Scholarship — Trustee
  • Wyoming Area Football — Volunteer Assistant Coach
  • Little League — Volunteer Coach
  • West Pittston Library — Board of Trustees
  • Attorney Tom Campenni, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Personal Interests

  • Spending time with wife and daughters
  • Reading mysteries
  • Golf
  • Biking
  • Coaching football