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Chuck Bruno is a founding member of Pfeiffer Bruno who was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. Chuck is first generation American, son of a father who was an Italian immigrant who came to the United States from Sicily. From a young age, Chuck grew up and worked in the family restaurant business where his parents led by example with their hard work and dedication to family. Chuck was encouraged by his parents to obtain an education that would allow him to pursue a career in the law where he could make a difference in the lives of others. As a lawyer, Chuck has always tried learning from the values passed on to him by his parents by working hard and being dedicated to his family and the needs of the people he represents. Chuck has always been focused on making sure that his clients’ rights are protected by providing sound legal advice, resolving, or fighting for them in a courtroom.
Areas of Practice
Chuck has been advocating on behalf of others since he began practicing law in 1988. Early on in his career. Chuck knew that making sure that people get their fair day in court was going to be a focus of his career.
His practice has always been devoted to representing those who have been severely injured in automobile accidents, unsafe property accidents, and accidents due to medical errors committed by physicians or hospital personnel. Chuck’s practice has always been particularly focused on fighting in court for those who need protection the most such as children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Chuck has successfully litigated cases in both state and federal courts which involved the protection of individual civil rights afforded to them including representing those who have been wrongfully accused of a crime and those who have been victims of discrimination. He has also argued many different cases on appeal before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
In addition, Chuck understands that the death of a loved on can cause family members to be left with emotional hardship and a tremendous responsibility of making sure that the wishes and affairs of the deceased individual are attended to in the administration of his/her estate. With the assistance of his long time paralegal, Chuck has focused on making sure that the estate administration process runs as smoothly as possible for his clients. Also, Chuck has come to realize how important it is to properly plan for those times when you need help as you get older by assisting clients with planning their estates and appointing individuals as agents for those who become incapacitated through the preparation of power of attorney documents and other documentation that meet their estate planning objectives.
Over the years, Chuck has also become experienced in representing clients in many other areas of the law including divorce and family law, business law, commercial litigation, worker’s compensation, criminal defense, zoning, and municipal law.
Chuck graduated from Bethlehem Catholic in 1981. After high school he went on to college at Villanova University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 1985. While in college, Chuck was a member of the varsity baseball team where he enjoyed competing on behalf of Villanova against schools from the Big East and other colleges from the Philadelphia area.
After college, he went on to attend law school at the Delaware Law School of Widener University where he obtained his law degree in 1988. In law school, his highest achievements were obtained in courses involving trial advocacy, evidence, and other aspects of litigation.
After his initial five years of practice in Bethlehem, Chuck moved his office back to Easton where his roots were and practiced law with the legendary Charles H. Spaziani, Esquire. While working together with Mr. Spaziani, Chuck further developed his devotion to representing many working class individuals and their families as well as community involvement.
In 1998, Chuck was appointed as the Township Solicitor to represent the community of Palmer Township, the local municipality where he has lived most of his life. Chuck continues to represent Palmer Township on various legal matters. Chuck regularly appears on behalf of Palmer Township at public meetings held at night where he acts as the attorney for the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors and the Palmer Township Planning Commission.
Through the practice of law, Chuck became friends with Jim Pfeiffer. As their friendship grew, it was clear that they shared many of the same values and principles in the practice of law. In 2007, Jim Pfeiffer and Chuck Bruno decided to form a law partnership dedicated to representing individuals and their families who have suffered physical, emotional, or financial hardships. Many times people need other people to stand up for their rights and individual freedoms and that is what Jim, Chuck and the team at Pfeiffer Bruno strive to do each and every day.
Throughout the years of his practice, Chuck has supported his community by volunteering as a girls softball coach and further has participated in, or sponsored, charitable organizations such as the Miracle League of Northampton County, the Palmer BIP, and St. Jane’s Church. Chuck has also served as a board member of BEST (Building Educational Support Teams), a scholarship organization which raises funds for underprivileged children.
The following are a few of Chuck’s notable cases:
When a man who was paraplegic was severely injured when he fell from the top of steps when he was forced to get out of his wheelchair and climb steps to get to the parking lot of a large apartment complex, Chuck pursued a claim for violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act against the apartment owner. Since the apartment owner did not comply with the federal requirements for providing safe access for individuals with disabilities, Chuck made sure his client’s rights were protected in federal court and the client received compensation in the amount of $950,000.00.
In another case involving a tractor trailer driver who slipped on ice that was not cleared on the parking lot of a location where he was required to load his trailer, Chuck was able to recover $975,000.00 from the insurers for the property owner, business owner, and snow removal contractor to compensate the truck driver for his physical injuries which required back surgery and his long term economic losses since he would never be able to return to driving a truck again.
Chuck has also protected the rights of many individuals in worker’s compensation cases where people were hurt on the job and entitled to compensation for wage loss and medical expenses. Chuck pursued a claim for worker’s compensation benefits on behalf of an injured employee that sustained serious back and head injuries in a vehicular accident that ultimately yielded over $1,100,000.00 in worker’s compensation benefits despite attempts by the workers compensation carrier for his employer to terminate and modify his benefits.
Chuck also previously represented former heavyweight boxing champion, Larry Holmes, when he wanted to sue boxing promoters from California and Nevada for breaching their contract to arrange at least four more fights for the Champ in his comeback out of retirement. Chuck was successful at trial in obtaining a judgment against the fight promoters.
Chuck has also been successful in estate litigation. In a notable case involving the estate of a local multi-millionaire, Chuck protected the interests of a charitable foundation that was named as a beneficiary in the deceased gentlemen’s Will against claims that the Will was invalid. After years of litigation, Chuck was able to resolve the case and preserve the charitable foundation’s devised interest in the property worth over $6,000,000.00.
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Northampton County Bar Association
- United States Eastern District Court
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit