SCRANTON — Munley Law founder Robert W. Munley was named to the 2015 Irish Legal 100, an honor awarded annually by the Irish Voice to the 100 most outstanding Irish-Americans in the legal profession.
Munley and his wife, Bernadine, attended a reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Anne Anderson, at her home in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22.
Munley founded the Scranton-based firm Munley Law in 1959. Throughout a distinguished 55-year career with a focus on plaintiffs’ rights, Munley blazed new trails for Pennsylvania attorneys and established precedents that define the practice of personal injury law today. He helped establish case law for calculating the economic loss associated with the death of children killed in vehicular accidents. He was also the first attorney in the state to develop a focus on cases involving personal injuries caused by commercial trucks.
His legal legacy and influence extends to mentoring six children who have become notable Pennsylvania attorneys – including five members of Munley Law.
Munley is active in serving both the local community and the Pennsylvania Bar, including as a board member of the United Way of Pennsylvania, as president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, as president of the Lackawanna County Bar Association and as a board member of the Everhart Museum in Scranton.
For the past 25 years, he teamed up with “Family to Family Thanksgiving” in providing Thanksgiving dinner baskets to needy families throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. He endowed scholarships at Landmark College in Vermont, as well as Marywood University and the University of Scranton, providing grants for students who wish to pursue a career in law or politics. And, the Lackawanna Bar Association has established the Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award in acknowledgment of his extensive pro bono work on behalf of those who could not otherwise afford legal help. The award is given annually to an individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.