Founding Member

570.562.4520 ext. 101

Practice focus

Gene's focus is business law. He chairs the firm's Business Law Practice.


Gene has lived in rural Pennsylvania his entire life. He and his wife Janet have raised four sons who practice law. In 2007, Gene helped found Kelley, Polishan & Solfanelli after working nearly twenty years in debtor and creditor law generally.

Dedication to customer service

Since 1989, Gene has been dedicated to serving in the role of attorney as trusted advisor. He distinguishes his practice by the providing highest level of customer service. Gene consistently responds to phones calls and other communications as quickly as possible.

Above all else, Kelley, Polishan & Solfanelli considers it an honor to help those in need. Gene has been privileged for many years to provide counsel to a legal, medical, chiropractic, dental and vision pro bono clinic serving over 3,500 people a year.

The clinic, which has grown tremendously, moved several years ago to a building which it renovated mainly using donations of time and effort.

In a time of protracted health care crisis, when our veterans and elderly often have no one to help them, the clinic volunteers try to help everyone who walks through the door, providing assistance without a question asked.

Business law practice

Representations include Northeastern Pennsylvania companies, operating locally, nationally and globally.

These clients' businesses involve sales and manufacturing projects directly and in joint ventures around the world, providing the opportunity to delve deeply into complex legal issues.

Daily work centers on Commercial and Business Law and related Transactions and Commercial Litigation.

Gene has helped a client close a loan for an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), working with specialized professionals and lenders in a complicated, time-sensitive transaction. 

He's also handled varied property litigation involving the vast, fascinating and intricate story of Northeastern Pennsylvania's coal and railroad industries, including the successful operations and ultimate demise, receivership and bankruptcies of these enormous concerns.

In a notable case, Gene represented a statewide Pennsylvania sportsmen's group in establishing public rights to use, and recreate on, navigable waters, including fishing, swimming and boating.

Other practice areas

Other practice areas include Bankruptcy, Compositions, Out of Bankruptcy Workouts, Contracts, Property and Real Estate, Consumer Litigation, Consumer Class Actions, Debtor and Creditor work, Riparian Rights and the Law of Navigation, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Guardianship, Probate Administration and Complex Probate Litigation.

Professional affiliations

After working as a volunteer for North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) throughout his career, helping mainly with consumer bankruptcy, eviction and repossession issues, Gene then served a ten-year term as a Member of the Board of Directors of NPLS, including service as Board President and helping to spearhead a major fundraising effort in the midst of severe budget cuts.

Gene is is a former Member of the Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, a Member of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association, and a Member of the Pennsylvania and local county bar associations.

  • Dickinson School of Law
  • University of Scranton
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - M.D. Pa. 
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - M.D. Pa.
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - S.D.N.Y. - Pro Hac Vice
  • U.S. District Court - E.D. Pa.
  • Pennsylvania

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