GEFF BLAKE


​Geff Blake has been selected by his peers as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Philadelphia Magazine.  This is an honor achieved by less than 5% of Pennsylvania attorneys.


Geff maintains an active civil litigation practice for a variety of corporate and individual clients, typically in complex commercial litigation matters, contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes and dissolutions, ERISA matters, and construction disputes.  He has also served as local counsel for several large national companies in class actions filed in state and federal courts.  During the past several years, he has served as solicitor to the Jefferson Township Zoning Hearing Board.


Geff possesses trial and appellate experience in the federal judicial system, having appeared before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  In addition, Geff has appeared in Common Pleas courts in counties throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as in Pennsylvania appellate courts.


Geff is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County Bar Associations.


EDUCATION:

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1988);
  • The George Washington University (B.A., 1985).




ALEXIA KITA BLAKE


​A native of the Scranton area, Alexia has over 25 years' experience representing public sector entities, corporate clients, non-profit organizations, and individuals in a wide array of labor and employment law matters.  Alexia manages Blake & Walsh’s labor/employment law practice, which includes:

  • Federal and state court litigation of employment discrimination, civil rights, Family and Medical Leave Act, and wage and hour claims on behalf of both employer clients and individuals;
  • Representation before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, State Civil Service Commission, and Unemployment Compensation Board of Review;
  • Counseling employers on various personnel issues, including preparation and review of employee handbooks and employer policies; compliance with various federal and state laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other anti-discrimination laws; harassment, discrimination, and retaliation issues; wage and hour matters; employee discipline and termination, and reduction in force/downsizing issues;
  • Labor/employment law training for employer clients; 
  • Representation of employers in labor arbitrations (both grievance and interest arbitrations) and collective bargaining negotiations; and
  • Conducting workplace investigations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints.


While many of Alexia's clients are employers, she also represents individuals in select cases, including employment discrimination, employment contracts, severance agreements, non-compete agreements, and wrongful termination.

Alexia serves as a court-appointed certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and has mediated dozens of employment disputes since 2000.  She is an Arbitrator with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation, and has arbitrated numerous collective bargaining agreement disputes and disciplinary cases for various municipalities and school districts in the Commonwealth.  She also serves as an arbitrator with National Arbitration and Mediation, and is available for private mediations and arbitrations.

Alexia taught Employment Law in the University of Scranton's graduate Health and Human Resources Administration program for several years.  She is a frequent lecturer at seminars for attorneys and human resources professionals sponsored by National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, Sterling Education Services, and the Lackawanna Bar Association, on a variety of topics including legal updates on general employment law issues; prevention and investigation of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints; employment at will; development of employee handbooks and other workplace policies; and FMLA and ADA issues. 

A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Lackawanna Bar Association, Alexia also sits on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA.  She is a long-time member of the Advisory Council for the Foster Grandparent Program of Luzerne/Wyoming Counties.  Alexia is a founding board member of Circle 200, a forum for senior executive women in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


EDUCATION:

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1988);
  • University of Scranton (B.S. 1985). ​ 


BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 


PUBLICATIONS/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • "Advanced FMLA and ADA Issues,” Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2015)
  • "Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century,” National Business Institute (2015)
  • "Other Employment Laws You Need to Know,” National Business Institute (2015)
  • "Discipline and Discharge – Necessary Documentation,” National Business Institute (2015)
  • “Investigating and Documenting Employee Misconduct," National Business Institute (2012)
  • "When and How to Discipline or Discharge," National Business Institute  (2012)
  • "Human Resources Law Update," National Business Institute (2012)
  • "FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues," Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2011)
  • "ADA and FMLA Update," Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2011)
  • "If You're Prepared to be Sued, You're Less Likely to be Sued,"  National Business Institute (2011)
  • "Employment Laws You Need to be Familiar With," National Business Institute (2011)
  • "Employment Law Update," Lackawanna County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference (2011)
  • "The Employment Relationship," Lorman Education Services (2010)
  • "Retaliation in the Workplace," Lorman Education Services (2010)




BRIAN J. WALSH


Brian was born and raised in Scranton, residing in Northeastern Pennsylvania most of his life.  He attended Scranton Central High School, the University of Leiden and the Pennsylvania State University graduating each institution with Honors.  After college, Brian attended the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with Honors in 1998.


As a founding partner of Blake & Walsh, LLC, Brian's practice focuses primarily on personal injury cases including automobile, motorcycle, and tractor trailer accidents, social security disability, worker's compensation, dog bite injuries, slip and fall cases and other injury cases.  Brian has litigated cases throughout Pennsylvania and has represented clients in both state and federal courts.


In 2007, Brian obtained board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization that certifies attorneys based upon various criteria including experience in the courtroom.  The National Board of Trial Advocacy is accredited by the American Bar Association and approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for certification of trial qualifications.  Later, Brian obtained board certification in Pretrial Advocacy.  One of Brian's most fulfilling accomplishments was volunteering to represent the estate of a victim of 9/11.  During the administrative process and after presenting evidence to the Special Trial Master, Brian was able to recover a multi-million dollar award for the victim's family.


If you are injured, Brian would be proud to represent you and your family.


EDUCATION:

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D. 1998);
  • The Pennsylvania State University (B.S. 1995).


MEMBERSHIPS:

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Luzerne Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America


CONCENTRATION:

  • Automobile, Motorcycle, and Tractor Trailer Accidents, Worker's Compensation, Dog Bites, Slip and Fall Accidents, as well as Social Security Disability
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy & Civil Pretrial Advocacy By The National Board of Trial Advocacy



BLAKE & WALSH, LLC ...... Representing the person behind the case!!