Eugene Kelley has lived in rural Pennsylvania for his entire life. He and his wife Janet have raised four sons who are either in the active practice of law or in law school. In 2007 Gene helped to found the firm after working for nearly twenty years in debtor and creditor law generally.
Gene believes in the traditional role of an attorney as a trusted advisor and that attorneys’ main and perhaps only chance to distinguish their respective services from the ample competition is through the highest levels of customer service. He therefore makes it a practice to respond to phones calls and other communications as quickly as possible.
Gene presently represents and has worked with a number of local companies which are or have been involved in operations on a global basis. These clients, whose businesses include sales and manufacturing projects directly and in joint ventures around the world, provide the opportunity to delve deeply into complex legal issues which most local law firms would not ordinarily encounter.
Gene’s daily work centers on Commercial and Business Law and related Transactions, Commercial Litigation, 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. Gene recently assisted a client in closing a loan for an Employee Stock Ownership Program, working with specialized counsel and lenders in a complex time sensitive transaction which most local firms might never get the chance to handle.
He has also handled varied property litigation which has involved the vast, fascinating and complex history of the local coal and railroad industries and the successful operations and ultimate demise, receivership and bankruptcies of these enormous industrial concerns. In one notable case Gene represented a statewide sportsmans’ group in establishing the rights of the public to fish, swim, boat and otherwise recreate and use the navigable waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Most importantly and above all else, the firm considers it an honor and a privilege to help those in need. Northeast Pennsylvania has a great deal of people who live at or below subsistence levels. Gene has been privileged for many years to provide counsel to a legal, medical, chiropractic, dental and vision clinic serving over 3,500 clients annually. 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 a protracted health care crisis when our veterans and the elderly often have no one to help them, the clinic volunteers try to help everyone who walks through the doors, providing assistance without any questions asked.
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. He 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, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and local county bar associations as well.
Kelley, Polishan & Solfanelli – 2007 to present
Founding partner in firm concentrating in banking, debtor/creditor, credit and collections, commercial, corporate law, real estate transactions and litigation, construction litigation, estate and guardian litigation, and, white collar criminal defense, witness and victim representation.
Hoegen, Hoegen & Kelley – 1994 to 2007
Founding partner in firm concentrating in banking, debtor/creditor, credit and collections, commercial, corporate law, real estate transactions and litigation, construction litigation and estates.
Hoegen & Marsh – 1990 to 1994
Associate in general practice law firm. Emphasis in commercial, real estate transactions, real estate development and litigation, collections, estate and guardianship matters.
Honorable Chester T. Harhut – 1989 to 1990
Law clerk – Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas – Scranton PA
Senate of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg – 1987 to 1989
Law Clerk for Chief Counsel to the Senate Minority Floor Leader. Duties included analysis of pending legislation, general assistance to staff attorneys, constituent service work, attendance at committee meetings, and monitoring of bills through legislative process.