Philip Gelso

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Kingston, PA

Law Offices of Philip Gelso
 | 63 Pierce Street, Kingston, PA 18704
Phone: 570-763-0006
Fax: 570-288-0243
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

Philip Gelso, Esquire practices criminal defense at the state and federal levels, representing clients in the Hazleton, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre metropolitan areas as well as throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gelso has more than 20 years of experience and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania state and federal courts as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Gelso has received several awards for his achievements. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers. He is the recipient of the 2018 Charles P. Gelso President’s Award as well as two presidents’ and directors’ commendations from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Gelso belongs to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has held several leadership roles with the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served on the Criminal Justice Act panels for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Passionate about giving back to his community, Mr. Gelso is the solicitor for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. He is also a member of the First Lieutenant Jeffrey DePrimo scholarship committee and the pre-cana team of the Diocese of Scranton.

Mr. Gelso graduated cum laude from The University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He earned his law degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (40%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Litigation, DUI/DWI

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Philip Gelso

Admitted: 1998, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.gelsolaw.com/Attorneys/Philip-Gelso.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Charles P. Gelso President's Award, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2016 - 2018
  • Avvo Rating 10
  • Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • AV Rating - Martindale Hubbell
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • PACDL Presidents and Board Commendations, 2009, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, July 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, April 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, October 2000

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past President, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Editor-in-Chief - For the Defense, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President Elect, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Middle District Vice President, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chairperson, PACDL Continuing Education Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
  • Member, MDPA Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, 2014
  • Member, PBA Federal Practice Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Active Member, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, U.S. Court Of Appeals for The Third Circuit, 2006 - 2013
  • Former Member, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, U.S. District Court For The Middle District Of Pennsylvania, 2002-2009
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
  • MDPA Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney, 2002-2009
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Solicitor, Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board
  • Alternate Solicitor, Dallas Borough Zoning Hearing Board
  • Pre-Cana Team, Diocese of Scranton
  • Solicitor, Children's Advocacy Center, NEPA
  • Solicitor, Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc.
  • Member, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Scholarship Committee
  • Solicitor, Wyoming Valley Children's Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, PACDL
  • Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, PBI

Educational Background:

  • University of Scranton, B.S., History/Political Science, Cum Laude, 1995
Office Location for Philip Gelso

63 Pierce Street
Kingston, PA 18704

Phone: 570-763-0006

Fax: 570-288-0243

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Last Updated: 12/9/2018

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