Firm Says No Connection to Key Figure in Corruption Trial


February 1, 2011

Contact: Attorney Mark J. Powell – (570) 961-0777

SCRANTON, Pa. – As the corruption trial of former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella unfolds in federal court, Powell Law of Scranton is reiterating that it has “no connection whatsoever” to Attorney Robert J. Powell, a key figure in the case who allegedly paid kickbacks to Ciavarella and another former Luzerne County judge.

“This case has given everyone in the legal community a black eye, but it has been especially troubling for us because the man allegedly at the center of it all is a lawyer with the same last name,” said Attorney Mark J. Powell, a partner in the Scranton law firm. “We want to make sure people understand that we have no connection whatsoever to Attorney Robert Powell or his former law practice, the Powell Law Group. We are a different firm and a different family.”

Attorney Robert Powell allegedly took part in a scheme to give $2.6 million in kickbacks to Ciavarella and former Luzerne County Judge Michael Conahan in exchange for actions that led to the county’s use of two juvenile detention centers co-owned by Powell.

“Our law firm was established by my grandfather in 1906 based on the principles of honor, integrity and trust,” said Mark Powell. “We take those founding principles very seriously and try to abide by them every day.”

In addition to Mark Powell, the firm includes Attorneys Christopher T. Powell Jr., James J. Powell III, Bruce S. Zero, Christopher J. Osborne and James F. Mundy.

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