Attorney James F. Mundy, a native of Wilkes-Barre and one of the most prominent and influential trial attorneys in Pennsylvania, has joined Powell Law in Scranton.
Mundy, a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in state history in serious injury cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, drugs and medical devices – many in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“The kind of law we practice is tremendously gratifying because the people we represent have often gone through terrible ordeals, and we get the opportunity to help them put their lives back together,” Mundy said. “The satisfaction we get from helping our clients – from being part of the healing process – just can’t be beat.”
Since 1972, Mundy has been with the Philadelphia law firm of Raynes, McCarty, Ross & Mundy, and has worked with Powell Law and other Northeastern Pennsylvania law firms on major personal injury cases throughout his career.
“I’ve always considered this area home, so coming back to practice here is truly a homecoming for me,” Mundy said. “I’ve known all of the attorneys at Powell Law for as long as they’ve been lawyers. They’re good lawyers and good people. I couldn’t be more excited to be here.”
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Mundy grew up in Kingston and earned his bachelor’s degree from King’s College. He went on to earn his law degree from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he met and began a lifelong friendship with Attorney James J. Powell III, senior partner at Powell Law. Admitted to the bar in 1970, Mundy began his career with renowned Philadelphia trial lawyer B. Nathaniel Richter and, two years later, joined the firm of his longtime friend and mentor, the late Attorney Arthur Raynes. Mundy cites Raynes and the late Christopher T. Powell Sr., one of the founders of Powell Law, as his two biggest mentors in the practice of law.
“The two giants of my life have been Chris Powell and Arthur Raynes,” Mundy said. “I consider the moments I’ve spent with those two gentlemen to be the zenith of my career.”
In addition to serving as president of the PBA and PaTLA, Mundy is a past president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Bar Association. Mundy’s skill as a trial attorney has earned him a designation as a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Lawyers and as a Fellow for both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has received the highest rating for legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell.
Under then-Gov. Robert P. Casey, Mundy was asked to serve as chair of the Appellate Court Nominating Commission and as a member of the Philadelphia Trial Court Nominating Commission. He is past Chairman of the Lawyers Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and has served on the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board. Mundy has written and lectured extensively on litigation issues.
In addition to his accomplishments in the courtroom and professional leadership, Mundy has worked tirelessly on the legislative front, advocating for the rights of injured people. He is credited with the passage of two important pieces of legislation ¯ the repeal of the no-fault insurance law and a minor’s tolling statute, which preserves a child’s right to redress for personal injuries. The Pennsylvania Report has identified him as one of the 50 most influential people in state public affairs, and his outstanding service has earned him the prestigious Justice Michael A. Musmanno Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Mundy has also served on the Board of Trustees for King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and College Misericordia, Dallas.
Mundy is married to Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy. He is the father of eight children.