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History

Discover the rich history of Gross McGinley and the firm’s deep roots in the Lehigh Valley.

  • LGBT-Leadership-Award_cropped212016

    Gross McGinley is presented with a LGBT Community Leadership Award from the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, recognized for its culturally-sensitive service to the LGBT community.

  • 40th Logo_Trajan_Amienne_Years_Blue_Deb_italic2016

    Gross McGinley celebrates 40 years of excellence! Founded by three young attorneys, the firm grew steadily over the past four decades, now encompassing 33 attorneys and 14 practice areas.

  • BOY Finalist Award2015

    Lehigh Valley Business names Gross McGinley as a Finalist for the Business of the Year (36-100 employees).

  • DSCN0049(2)2015

    Gross McGinley announced its association with Lehighton attorneys Marianne Lavelle and former President Judge John P. Lavelle in order to expand legal services to residents in Carbon County and surrounding areas. The office is located at 415 Mahoning Street in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

  • Good Neighbor Award2014

    The Allentown Chamber of Commerce names Gross McGinley the recipient of the 2014 Joseph S. Daddona Good Neighbor Award. The firm was recognized for its commitment to the City of Allentown through the leadership of individual attorneys as well as the firm’s dedication to supporting local community projects.

  • Pucks2013

    Gross McGinley welcomed the PPL Center as its new neighbors in Downtown Allentown, offering clients and friends a first glimpse at the new hockey arena site.  Over 250 guests enjoyed tours of the construction site along with stadium-themed food, hockey puck giveaways, and a special visit from the Phantom's mascot.

  • Easton2012

    Gross McGinley moves its Northampton County office from 717 Washington Street in Easton to the Larry Holmes Building located at 101 Larry Holmes Drive, Suite 202.  Attorneys Anne Manley, Loren Speziale, and Ewalde Cook currently reside in the new Easton office.

  • 2012

    Firm employees discover a time capsule created by the original construction crew of the Crown Tower building who hit the lottery in 1986. The firm decided to add its own time capsule before preserving the site.

  • Anniversary2011

    Gross McGinley celebrates its 35th Anniversary with over five-hundred friends, family, clients, and colleagues at the ArtsQuest SteelStacks.  As part of the evening's festivities, the partnership presented Attorneys Gross, McGinley, LaBarre and Eaton with a crystal piece, thanking them for their vision and leadership.

  • Emmaus2011

    With the addition of James A. Ritter, a thirty-year veteran of Estate Planning and Administration, the firm expands to open a location in Emmaus.

  • 2010

    Stuart T. Shmookler joins the firm as a partner. In practice since 1974, Stuart joins the firm's Business Services and Wills, Trusts, and Estates Groups.

  • 2008

    Howard S. Stevens and his Medical Malpractice Defense team join the firm, dramatically increasing Gross McGinley’s reputation as tough litigators with tremendous abilities in the courtroom.

  • 2007

    Formerly of the Allentown firm of Piosa, Reilly & Capehart, P.C., Michael J. Piosa, Thomas E. Reilly, Jr., and Thomas A. Capehart, join the firm, with more than 70 years of combined experience in the areas of civil litigation, banking law and creditor’s rights, real estate, business and corporate law and domestic relations.

  • Old Easton2006

    Gross McGinley expands into Northampton County with an office at 717 Washington Street in Easton. Less than a block from the Courthouse, the building is purchased at the same time Raymond J. DeRaymond joins the firm.

  • 2003

    Victor F. Cavacini, experienced in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, zoning and land development matters, and estate administration, joins the firm as a partner.

  • Crown Tower1986

    The firm relocates to its present location in Crown Tower, at 33 South 7th Street in Allentown, just south of the Lehigh County government building. A former clothing mill, the firm now occupies three floors of the 25,000-square foot, beautifully restored building.

  • 1986

    The grandson of Sheriff Ollie Peters, J. Jackson Eaton, III, joins the firm, officially changing the name to Gross, McGinley, Labarre, & Eaton.

  • 1985

    One of the original founding partners of the firm, Carol K. McGinley is elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Lehigh County where she currently sits today, having retained the position for two consecutive, ten-year terms.

  • 1981

    Donald LaBarre, Jr. joins the firm. A son of former county Solicitor Donald LaBarre, he adds to the deep local roots of the firm’s history.

  • 1976

    Founded by local attorneys Malcolm J. Gross, Paul A. McGinley, and Carol K. McGinley, the firm is originally located in a restored Victorian building on 5th Street in Allentown.

  • John Gross1963

    John T. Gross successfully runs for Mayor of the City of Allentown, continuing the legacy of the Gross family.  His son, Malcolm J. Gross, would eventually found one of the most prominent law firms in the Lehigh Valley.

  • 1947

    The Allentown Rose Garden is re-dedicated with a bust of the first Mayor Gross.

  • image-021936

    Mayor Malcolm W. Gross, grandfather to Malcolm J. Gross, takes office and continues on as the longest serving Allentown mayor for 16 years.

  • 1931

    Mayor Gross encourages the plans and completion of the Allentown Rose Garden.

  • mc-babe-ruth-jpg-201309031923

    The New York Yankees come to town, along with legendary player Babe Ruth, to play an exhibition game with the Allentown Dukes.  Mayor Gross has the opportunity to meet 'The Babe' on game day.  "That game brought a source of pride for the people of Allentown. Whether or not they attended the game, everyone talked about it for decades," said Mal Gross to The Morning Call in 2013.

  • 1920

    Mayor Malcolm W. Gross serves as the Mayor of Allentown from 1920 to 1932.

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