Philip Gelso

Philip Gelso

Sole Practitioner
Location:
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Phone:
570-763-0006 (Main)
800-647-8311 (Toll Free)
Fax:
570-288-0243
Email:

Philip Gelso, Esquire concentrates his practice in the area of criminal and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Scranton. He received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University School of Law where he served as Chairperson of the Moot Court Board and received the Moot Court Board Distinguished Service Award.

Attorney Gelso is a member of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) where he served as President of the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.  He formerly served as President Elect, Vice President for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and as the Chairperson of the Continuing Education Committee for PACDL. He also serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and Solicitor for Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc., the Wyoming Valley Children's Association and the Children's Advocacy Center of NEPA, as well as Solicitor to the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board and Alternate Solictor for the Dallas Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

Attorney Gelso is an active member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association. He has been an active member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 2002 through 2009 and for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 2006. He has also lectured at Continuing Legal Education Seminars sponsored by PACDL and PBI.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Federal and State Criminal Defense
  • 2% Appeals
  • 5% Municipal and Zoning
  • 9% General Corporate
  • 9% General Litigation
  • Criminal and Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: Chairperson, Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Received the Moot Court Board Distinguished Service Award
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. cum laude - 1995
    • Major: History/Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • PACDL Board Commendations
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014-2016 Super Lawyers
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Avvo Rating 10

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President (2015-2017)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association
  • MDPA Federal Public Defender Reappointment Committee, Member (2009)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court For The Middle District Of Pennsylvania, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, Former Member
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals for The Third Circuit, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, Active Member, 2006 - 2013
  • PBA Federal Practice Committee, Member
  • 2014 MDPA Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Solicitor, Wyoming Valley Children's Association
  • Member, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Scholarship Committee
  • Pre-Cana Team, Diocese of Scranton