Attorney Mark J. Powell, Scranton, has been recertified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for his tireless work on behalf of victims. He is one of the only attorneys in Northeastern Pennsylvania to hold certifications in both Civil and Criminal law. Only 3 percent of all attorneys nationwide are board-certified by the NBTA.
Powell earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, his law degree from Catholic University and his Master of Laws Degree from Temple Law School.
The extensive screening of credentials that all NBTA board-certified attorneys must successfully complete includes demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, and attendance of continuing legal education courses. NBTA certification is the highest, most stringent, and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. NBTA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people choose a competent attorney.
Attorney Powell’s practice encompasses a wide range of personal injury and criminal matters. In addition to his busy practice, Powell devotes a great deal of time to teaching other lawyers how to try cases, frequently lecturing at Temple and Georgetown universities for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
As a partner in Powell Law, a law firm founded by his grandfather in 1906, Powell also donates his time to represent people who can’t afford a lawyer in civil cases. He serves on the Wills for Heroes Committee, which provides estate-planning documents to police officers, firefighters and military personnel. In 2014, his firm was honored with the prestigious Robert W. Munley Distinguished Service Award for its dedication to pro bono legal work. In addition to the Munley Award, Powell’s firm has been recognized every year since 2003 with the Equal Access to Justice Award presented by Lackawanna Pro Bono and the Lackawanna Bar Association. The Pennsylvania Bar Association also has recognized the firm for its pro bono work over the past decade.