In fourth grade, Gerard’s teacher made a comment — she said that he would make a good lawyer one day. At the time, he wasn’t sure what she meant. After all, Gerard wanted to be a teacher himself. He always loved the English language, and he saw teaching as a way to combine his main interest with his overall goals — helping, inspiring, and educating as many people as he could.
Years went by, and Gerard’s passion for teaching remained his primary motivator as he headed off to college. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, Gerard accomplished his dream — he became a teacher and later, chairman of an English department. Yet, Gerard found himself discussing the meaning of life at random places around town and wishing he could excite all of his students in the way he inspired the many strangers he met. Ultimately, Gerard was not sure if formal education would be as personally satisfying as he originally anticipated. So, he spent a year interviewing a variety of professionals, including college presidents, bank presidents, and attorneys.
After speaking with all of them, it was clear that law would be something he would enjoy. He found that law was oriented around language, there were elegance and variety within the field, and the attorneys he met were all eloquent and engaging. Gerard then realized that being an attorney would allow him to help, inspire, and educate people in a more personal way, and his decision to attend law school was made.
Gerard earned his Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law and went on to focus his practice around criminal defense and civil litigation of all kinds. He has significant experience representing clients before trial courts, administrative judges, and appellate courts. With more than 30 years of experience, he has become a respected member of the legal community who is well known for his friendly personality.
I strive to be a positive inspiration for the people I am around.