Scranton PA Personal Injury Attorney Bruce S. Zero: Understanding the Struggles of Working Families
Attorney Bruce Zero can’t remember a time when he and his siblings weren’t working.
“From the time we were kids, we had paper routes and other jobs,” he says. “When we weren’t working, we had chores around the house – cutting the grass, pulling the weeds, taking out the trash.”
Bruce’s father, Al, was an appliance salesman for General Electric who worked long hours on the road to support his wife and six children.
“At my father’s funeral, I remember looking at my brothers and sisters and thinking to myself, ‘There’s never been a time when we haven’t had jobs,” he says. “That was my dad’s legacy – the work ethic he gave all of us. He was always working, always trying to get ahead, always trying to provide for his family.”
It’s that work ethic and blue-collar upbringing in Dunmore, Pa., that Bruce brings to every case he handles on behalf of injured people and their families.
“I understand the struggles people go through trying to pay their bills and raise their families,” he says. “That’s why I work long hours – nights, weekends, whatever it takes – to get my clients the results they deserve. Work hard and get the job done – it’s what I’ve been doing my entire life.”
Born in Allentown in 1958, Bruce’s family moved back to Dunmore when he was eight. He graduated from Dunmore High School and went to college at Penn State where he graduated with honors with a degree in Administration of Justice. His interest in law was piqued when he took part in a mock trial in college.
“When I represented one of the parties in the mock trial, I really enjoyed it and I thought to myself, ‘This is something I could be good at,’” he says.
After Penn State, Bruce returned home and worked a few jobs before deciding to apply to law school. He took the LSATs, borrowed some money from his dad – “I paid back every cent,” he says – and enrolled at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh. He attended law school during the day and continued to work nights and weekends.
Bruce began his law career at Dunn and Byrne in Scranton, before accepting an opportunity with the Philadelphia law firm, Broby and Forceno. It was there that he got his baptism by fire, trying dozens of serious personal injury and product liability cases.
“I was flying all over the country trying personal injury cases. I got more experience in five years than most lawyers do in a lifetime,” he says.
In December 1989, Bruce and his wife, Carla, decided to move back home and start a family. He went to work at Fine, Wyatt and Carey in Scranton, where he handled mostly personal injury defense work.
“My experience as a plaintiff’s lawyer helped me navigate many cases to a successful verdict or settlement for the defense, but I learned that my heart was in plaintiff’s work, representing injured parties,” he says.
In 1992, he joined Powell Law and became a full partner in 2000. Over the years, he has represented hundreds of clients in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, worker’s compensation, FELA and other types of cases.
“When people come to us, many of them are facing very serious problems in their lives, and we have an opportunity to help them work through those problems,” Bruce says. “That’s why I love what I do and why I am proud to be a trial lawyer.”
Bruce, an active member of his community, enjoys coaching in the youth basketball league and spending time with his family doing outdoor activities like fishing, skiing, golfing, camping and boating. He and his wife, Carla, live in the Moscow area with their four children, Alexandra, Sarah, Matthew and Andrew.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
- The Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice
- Duquesne University Law School, Juris Doctor
- Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, 1984
- Admitted to Practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, 1984
- Admitted to Practice before New Jersey State Courts and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1986
- Admitted to Practice Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of Pennsylvania
- Admitted to Practice Before the U.S. Supreme Court
- Board certified as Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
- Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Certified advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND RECOGNITION
- PA Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
- Lackawanna Bar Association, Member
- Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
- Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member; President, 1998
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Member; Board of Governors, 2000-Present
- Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Member
- Springbrook Township, Solicitor, 2002-2012
- Moscow Borough, Solicitor, 1992-Present
- Minisink Lions Club, 1994 - present, President, 1999-2000
- Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, Elder Law Project Solicitor
- Lackawanna County Planning Commission Member, 2008-Present
- PA Personal Injury
- Product Liability
- PA Medical Malpractice
- PA Car Accidents
- Construction Site Injuries
- PA Workers Comp
- FELA Injury Litigation
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Municipal Law