February 25, 2011
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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Judge Thomas A. Wallitsch (ret.) Withdraws From Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino to Focus on ADR Practice
Allentown, PA (February 25, 2011) – Judge Thomas A. Wallitsch (ret.), Member of Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will withdraw as a member of the firm, effective March 1, 2011, in order to concentrate on his mediation and arbitration practice with ADR Options, Inc. headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Wallitsch’s office will serve as the Lehigh Valley location of ADR Options at 1611 Pond Road, Suite 300, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104 and can be reached at 484-765-2285.
“I will maintain my present office and will continue to hold mediations and arbitrations within the Allentown office. I will be available for consultations with clients of Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino and many of my clients will continue to be serviced by members of the firm. I am excited to strictly focus on mediations and arbitrations,” explained Judge Wallitsch.
“We are sad to see Tom leave as a member, but happy that the firm will still have the opportunity to benefit from his expertise. We wish Tom well in his new practice,” stated Matthew R. Sorrentino, a managing member of the firm.
ADR Options is the largest provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services in the Tri-State area and has handled over 12,000 cases. The company offers mediation, arbitration and mock trial services. The neutrals employed are former judges and exceptional trial attorneys who are experienced in ADR processes. Cases are scheduled by experienced ADR professionals who understand the need for the quick resolution of a matter.
In 1991, Judge Wallitsch was appointed and then elected to the Lehigh County Court of Common Please bench where he served until 2006. During those fifteen years, Judge Wallitsch was the administrative judge of the civil division of the Court and was active in judicial matters throughout the state. He served as Chairman of the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges for nine years, was a member, vice-chair and chair of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, and served as a member of the Judicial Conduct Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Judge Wallitsch has also served the international judicial community in a number of ways. In 2005, he was the first resident liaison of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Morocco. In 2006 he was named as Senior Judicial Advisor to USAID’S Afghanistan Rule of Law Project and was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan for seven months in charge of the court administration and judicial training components of this project. Thereafter he has served as a consultant to various Rule of Law projects including Algeria, Ukraine, and the Maldives.
Judge Wallitsch earned his M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Duquesne University, and his A.B. from Dickinson College.