Joel M. Wolff is a shareholder in the Firm’s Scranton, Pennsylvania office. Mr. Wolff has successfully counseled entities in complex civil litigations such as Goodwin Construction LLC. v. BP Wind Energy Inc. et al., in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Middle District), and J.B.R.C of Pennsylvania L.L.C. v. Zoning Hearing Board of the City of Carbondale, et al., in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolff enjoys a deep and broad experience representing public officials and public entities in Federal and State Courts. He has represented the Lackawanna County District Attorney in Mazzoni v. Jarbola, et al., which was litigated in the Middle District; the Lackawanna County Controller in Delhagen v. McDowell, which was also litigated in the Middle District; the Mayor of the City of Scranton in McAndrew v. Municipal Civil Service Commission of the City of Scranton, et al., which was litigated in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; township officials named in their official and individual capacities as well as the township itself in Morgan v. Covington Township et al., which Mr. Wolff successfully tried before a jury in the Middle District and litigated through the appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (Third Circuit); and a regional police commission and its commissioners in Dombroski v. Eastern Regional Police Commission et al., which was successfully litigated in the Middle District through the appeal in the Third Circuit. Mr. Wolff has successfully litigated mandamus actions all the way to Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, see Spencer v. Zoning Hearing Board of Salem Township , No. 82 MAL 2013, and actions seeking injunctive relief in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, see Medallis v. Northeast Land Development L.L.C et al. and Spangenberg Area Property Owners Association v. Spangenberg, et al.
Mr. Wolff earned his Juris Doctorate at Widener University’s Evening Division Program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania while caring for his daughter during the day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. During this time Mr. Wolff successful served two years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s JAG (Judicial Advocate General) Corp. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolff served six years as a mechanic for HHC, 1st 109th Infantry National Guard Unit in Scranton, Pennsylvania and during this time period Mr. Wolff earned his undergraduate degree at Marywood University. His eight years of military service are distinguished by the honors he earned during the U.S. Army’s rigorous training periods. While training for his position in the JAG Corp., he earned the “Coin of Excellence” for his performances in academics, physical conditioning and combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was awarded the “Leadership Award” and named “Honor Graduate” for the leadership ability and academic achievement he demonstrated while training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Mr. Wolff resides in the Scranton area with his wife and three children where he is active within his community.