Thomas C. Anewalt, Esq.

Anewalt-2016Phone: (610) 398-1800

Fax:     (610) 398-8304

Email: TAnewalt@DDAlawoffice.com

Professional Summary

Practicing attorney since 1980. Admitted to all Pennsylvania Courts including all appellate courts; and all relevant Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Court, Eastern District, in addition to practice before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB); the American Arbitration Association (AAA); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).

Experience:

  • Attorney at Law – 1980 – Present
    Thirty-six years’ experience in all forms of civil and commercial litigation, including, municipal law, employment law, real estate, land use, family law and elder law
  • Solicitor, 2015 – Present
    City of Easton Ethics Board
  • Registered Title Agent, 1985 – Present
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Chairman, Standing Arbitration Panel, 1996 – Present
    Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
  • Labor Counsel – 2002-2006
    Allentown Police Department
  • Solicitor, 2001-2003
    Emmaus Utility Authority
  • Solicitor, 2000-2005
    Borough of Emmaus
  • Guardianship Services, 1998-2015
    Northampton County Area Agency on Aging
  • Solicitor, 1986-1994
    City of Allentown
  • Solicitor, 1982-1997
    Lehigh County Clerk of Courts
  • Master in Divorce, 1980-1986
    Lehigh County Court
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable James N. Diefenderfer, 1979-1980
    Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Francis X. O’Brien, 1978 -1979
    6th Judicial Circuit, Oakland County, Michigan
  • Auditor, 1976 – 1978
    Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund, Detroit Michigan
  • News Assistant, 1974-1975
    The Morning Call Newspaper, Allentown, PA

Professional Affiliations

  • Partner, Dimmich, Dinkelacker & Anewalt, P.C. 2015 – Present
    2987 Corporate Court, Suite 210, Orefield, PA 18069
  • Partner, Rust & Anewalt, LLC, 2014-2015
    4461 Kohler Drive, Allentown, PA 18103
  • Partner, Paul R. Ober & Associates, 2008-2014
    234 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601
    Manager, Allentown office, 1244 W Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA
  • Partner, McCarthy & Anewalt, LLP, 1998 -2008
    1248 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA
  • Partner, McCarthy, Anewalt & Alpert, LLP, 1998 -2000
    740 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, P A
  • Partner, Black McCarthy & Anewalt, PC, 1994-1998
    740 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA
    Dissolved pursuant to the election of Senior Partner to the Bench of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
  • Partner, Black, McCarthy, Eidleman, Anewalt & Kercher, PC, 1992 -1994
    Corporate Plaza, Allentown, PA
  • Partner, Donatelli, Doyle, Anewalt & Bernstein, 1990-1992
    32 North Sixth Street, Allentown, PA
  • Partner, Donatelli, Doyle & Anewalt, 1984-1989
    32 North Sixth Street, Allentown, PA
  • Associate, Donatelli & Doyle, 1980 -1984
    32 North Sixth Street, Allentown, PA

Professional Associations

  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association, 1980 – Present
  • Berks County Bar Association, 2008 – Present
    Civil Rules Committee, Political Affairs Committee, Citizenship Committee, Orphans’ Court Rules Committee, Municipal Law and Real Estate Committee
  • Lehigh County Bar Association,  1980 – Present
  • Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1984 – 1988.
    Civil Rules Committee, Orphans’ Court Rules Committee, Legal Services Committee
  • Northampton County Bar Association, 1998 – Present
  • City of Reading, 2011 – Present
    Legislative Committee, Reading City Council; Charter Board; Charter Commission
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2007 -2008
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000-2006
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-2006
  • Donald R. Wieand, Sr. American Inn of Court, 1996-2005
  • National Institute of Municipal Law Officers (NIMLO), 1987 – 1989
    Pennsylvania State Chairman

Professional Admissions and Licenses

  • United States Supreme Court, admitted 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, admitted 1992
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, admitted 1980
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court, admitted 1979
  • Title Agent, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, since 1985

Education

  • University of Detroit, Detroit Michigan, 1978
    Juris Doctorate
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1975
    Bachelor of Arts, High Honors
    Double Major: Government & Journalism
  • American University, Washington D.C., 1974

Reported Cases

  • Fatzinger v. City of Allentown, 591 A.2d 369 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1991)
  • Americus Centre. Inc. v. City of Allentown, 535 A.2d 1200 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1988)
  • Com. v. Dean, 501 A.2d 269 (Pa. Super. 1985)
  • In re Tax Claim Bureau of Lehigh County, 442 A.2d 1213 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1982)
  • Kleinberger v. Tax Claim Bureau of Lehigh County, 438 A.2d 1045 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1982)
  • Robbins v. Robbins, 37 Pa. D. & C. 4th 282 (Pa.Com.PI. 1997)
  • Beltz v. Erie Ins. Exchange, 13 Pa. D. & c. 4th 63 (Pa.Com.PI. 1991)
  • Com. v. Benner, 17 Pa. D. & C. 3d 229 (Pa.Com.PI. 1980)

Representative Clients

  • Lehigh Financial Group, LLC
  • Phoenix Steel Manufacturing, Inc.
  • City of Allentown
  • Allentown Police Department
  • Northampton County Area Agency on Aging
  • Borough of Emmaus
  • Emmaus Utility Authority
  • Lehigh County Clerk of Courts
  • United General Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • Conestoga Title Insurance Company
  • Lehigh Valley Child Care
  • Lehigh County Conference of Churches

Narrative

Although identified with the City of Allentown his entire professional life, Tom is originally from the South Side of Bethlehem, the son of a United Steelworkers Union official. He is the product of Bethlehem public schools and Lehigh University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Journalism with High Honors. During his years at Lehigh (1971-1975) Tom played lacrosse and worked at Linderman Library, the Allentown Morning Call and as a member of the musician’s union in order to supplement his university scholarships. He obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Detroit (1975-1978) and served as a full time law clerk to the Honorable Francis X. O’Brien of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County Michigan during his final year of law school. Sacrificing the prospect of a position with the legal department of Chrysler Motor Company, Tom retuned to the Lehigh Valley and served as law clerk to the Honorable James N. Diefenderfer in Lehigh County, 1979-1980.

Following his admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom practiced with Attorneys Robert E. Donatelli and William E. Doyle in Allentown 1980-1992. In 1982, Tom was appointed Solicitor to the Lehigh County Clerk of Courts, a position he held for the next 14 years. In 1986, Tom was appointed Allentown City Solicitor, the youngest in the City’s history, a position he held until 1994. In 1992, Tom joined Attorney Alan M. Black in the practice of law, first as a partner in the firm of Black, McCarthy, Eidelman, Anewalt and Kercher, P.C. and then Black, McCarthy & Anewalt P.C. With the election of Alan Black to the Lehigh County Bench in 1998, he was a founder of McCarthy & Anewalt LIp. From 2002 -2006, he served as outside legal counsel to the Allentown Police Department where he was involved in complex labor issues, internal affairs and third-party liability cases on behalf of the Allentown police.

He served as Emmaus Borough Solicitor 2000-2005 before moving to Berks County and affiliating with a Reading law firm which brought him experience representing railroads and mining clients. Throughout this time, Tom maintained an office on Hamilton Street in Allentown, specializing in civil and commercial litigation, municipal law, land use and zoning, real estate, employment law, wills and estates and family law. In 2014 Tom relocated his practice eventually joining Jeffrey Dimmich and Tom Dinkelacker in forming Dimmich, Dinkelacker and Anewalt P.C. in 2015. He is the Solicitor to the City of Easton’s Ethics Board. He serves on the City of Reading’s Charter Board and is a past member of that city’s Charter Commission. He is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading.

Tom’s daughter, Dr. Claudia Anewalt-Remsburg, is a member of the staff at Notre Dame University; his son, Tyler C. Anewalt, is a public school teacher in New Jersey; his granddaughter, Evelyn is 2. Tom is married to Dr. Patricia Anewalt, the Director of the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss with the Hospice of Lancaster County. Between them, they have six children, five grandchildren, and a mischievous Airedale, “Squire.”