Peter J. Adonizio Jr.

Peter J. Adonizio Jr. never gives up and always tries his best at whatever he does.

“If something is worth doing, it is worth giving it your best effort,” explains the attorney with Stevens & Lee P.C.

With a focus on commercial and appellate litigation, the attorney represents businesses and government entities in contract disputes, election cases, real property disputes, and negligence/casualty cases; as well as a wide array of lawsuits before Pennsylvania and federal courts of appeals.

Adonizio received his bachelor in business administration degree from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Upon graduation, he worked in the employee benefits insurance industry before attending Villanova University Charles Widner School of Law where he was a Law Review editor.

After graduating with his juris doctor degree and passing the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie (Ret.) and Judge D. Brooks Smith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

After his clerkship, he joined the law firm of Stevens & Lee and obtained his Pennsylvania funeral director’s license and also helps out at his family’s business, Adonizio Funeral Home.

His mentors include Vanaskie and Marianne Gilmartin, two attorneys who taught him about practicing law. “They’ve provided great examples of the type of attorney I hope to continue to become,” he adds.

The sense of hard work along with compassion and empathy for others instilled in Adonizio by his parent, PJ and Alicia Adonizio, has helped him to be successful. “Growing up, I watched and helped them work hard to counsel and guide grieving families to plan and hold celebrations of life for their loved ones. A lot of the skills I learned there have helped me become an effective advocate and consultant for my legal clients,” the young man admits. In addition, he has received great support from his wife, Maria; daughter, Alora; and his brother, Joe.

He serves as secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association and is a board member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Lackawanna Bar Association. He participates in various pro bono and community service events including Wills for Heroes and judging high school mock trial competitions and serves as a mentor to current law students through Villanova Law’s alumni mentorship program.

He is a member of the NEPA Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens award dinner fundraising committee, and a graduate of Leadership Northeast’s Core Program, having served as a project advisor and advisory council member. The young man coaches CrossFit at CrossFit Anthracite and loves to golf at Fox Hill Country Club.

He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Federal Practice and Appellate advocacy committees, the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, the Pennsylvania and Luzerne County Funeral Directors Associations, the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Pittston Lodge.

He was inducted into the Villanova Law Order of the Coif, received the St. Ives Medal for graduating first in his law school class, and received the Villanova Law Review Scribes award.

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