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Frank J. Tunis Jr.

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Of Counsel

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Mr. Tunis is of counsel with the firm of Wright & Reihner, P.C.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tunis served as Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Nealon, United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  As a practicing attorney, Mr. Tunis represents a broad range of clients in both Federal and State courts, as well as administrative and arbitration proceedings.  Mr. Tunis concentrates his practice on commercial litigation matters, including restrictive covenant/non-compete litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, contract disputes and construction litigation.  Mr. Tunis also concentrates his practice on educational law, civil rights actions and labor and employment law, including FMLA, ERISA and Fair Labor Standards Act matters.
 
Mr. Tunis currently serves as the Solicitor of the Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority of Lackawanna County, where he provides general legal counsel to the Stadium Authority Board on all legal matters.  Mr. Tunis also represents the Stadium Authority on all litigation matters and serves as its Right To Know Law Officer. Mr. Tunis served as Solicitor for the Stadium Authority for all aspects of the Stadium Authority’s sale of its AAA baseball franchise, as well as the $45 million stadium renovation project.      
 
Mr. Tunis also currently serves as the Solicitor of the Tunkhannock Area School District.  In that capacity, Mr. Tunis provided general legal counsel to the Board and Superintendent, and also represented the school district in civil litigations, expulsion hearings, personnel actions, and grievance arbitrations, some of which have resulted in appeals to the Commonwealth Supreme Court.  Mr. Tunis also served as the chief negotiator in all collective bargaining matters between the district and the teachers’ union.
 
In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Tunis was retained by the North Pocono School District to represent the administration in connection with student disciplinary matters and hearings.  Mr. Tunis also served as Special Litigation Counsel to the Lakeland School District and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, and as legal counsel for the Scranton School District Principals’ Association, where he represented the Association in all legal matters, including negotiation of the Association’s Act 93 Agreements.  Mr. Tunis has also provided legal representation for the Abington Heights School District and Scranton Prep. 
 
Aside from direct district representation, Mr. Tunis litigated many cases involving school districts and/or educational law issues, including special education cases arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and /or Civil Rights Act (i.e., IEPs, FAPE, due process hearings, compensatory education, etc.), First Amendment retaliation claims under the Civil Rights Act, student abuse cases under the IDEA and/or Civil Rights Act, claims related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), and claims under the newly-amended Right-to-Know Law.        
 
Throughout his practice, Mr. Tunis represented other public bodies and/or public officials, including the Lackawanna County Tax Claim Bureau, the City of Scranton, the Mayor of Scranton, and the Borough of Dunmore.
 
Mr. Tunis has regularly been selected by his peers as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in Philadelphia Magazine -- an honor extended to only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys each year.

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. cum laude - 1999
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. - 1996

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court Judge William J. Nealon, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 1999 - 2001
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