William E. Vinsko Jr. Esquire

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Managing Partner
Location:
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Phone:
570 970-9700
570-266-8147
800-617-3267
Fax:
570-970-9711
Email:

Current Legal Positions:

• Managing Principal of Vinsko & Associates, P.C. (2003-Present)
• Assistant City Attorney – City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania  (2002-Present)
• Solicitor – Ashley Borough, Pennsylvania (2011-Present)
• Solicitor – Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania (2004-Present)
• Solicitor – Democratic Party, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (2008-Present)
• Assistant Legal Counsel – 6th Legislative District, Democratic Party of Luzerne County (2006-Present)
• President – Riverfront Abstract Company (2008-Present)

William E. Vinsko, Jr., Esquire is the Managing Principal and Founder of Vinsko & Associates, P.C. With extensive real estate, government, estate planning and business/corporate experience, Attorney Vinsko has handled numerous complex legal matters in these practice areas with significant decisions in the Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  He has served as an advisor and special counsel to various municipalities and businesses throughout the Commonwealth, and, 2002, was appointed as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Wilkes-Barre, becoming the youngest attorney to hold the position in the City’s history.  Attorney Vinsko’s experience in his areas of practice extends beyond his knowledge of the law, as he routinely handles litigation in these areas which are traditionally considered “transactional” areas of law. In 2008, he was named President of the Board of Directors of VPharm, Inc. an intuitional wholesale pharmacy with locations in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Wilmington, DE.

As an extension of his government and municipal law practice, Attorney Vinsko has handled numerous high-profile election law matters in the areas of campaign finance reporting and ballot removal defenses.  Specifically his case, In Re Carroll, which he tried before the Commonwealth Court, has become one of the leading cases in election law finance reporting, being ultimately decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  (See In Re Carroll, 586 Pa 624, 896 A.2d 566, May 2, 2006).  Additionally, Attorney Vinsko has become quite experienced in municipal matters regarding wind farms and windmill placement in Pennsylvania.  One of the leading cases regarding this arose during his current tenure as Solicitor to Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania, which was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  His unique level of experience in this new area of law led to his being appointed as special counsel to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth which are dealing with windmill issues and ordinances. 

In 2012, Bill Vinsko ran for the United States House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  In November, 2011, USA Today named Attorney Vinsko one of the formidable contenders in the 2012 Congressional Election Cycle.  However, on December 12, 2011, the current Congressman of the 11th District, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Senate literally moved the boundary lines of the 11th Congressional District across the street from Vinsko’s home, moving him into the 17th Congressional District.  This questionable move was the focus of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal in April, 2012. Though the move caused him to be unsuccessful in the Democratic Primary, Attorney Vinsko still remains active in government and politics.

Over the years, his practice has grown, but has become simultaneously specialized with a breadth of experience in certain areas.  Attorney Vinsko personally handles cases in the following areas of law:

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law and Litigation
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate (Buyers / Sellers)
  • Real Estate Developments
  • Construction Law/Litigation and Financing
  • Real Estate Agreements, Leases, Mortgages, etc.
  • Title Insurance / Title Matters
  • Zoning and Subdivision Law (Land Use)
  • Windmill / Wind Energy Representation and Litigation
  • Landlord / Tenant Law
  • Business Law / Corporations (Formation and General Representation)
  • Business & Commercial Financing
  • Business Organizations
  • Shareholder Representation / Litigation
  • General Employment Matters
  • Insurance Defense Matters
  • Election Law
  • Campaign Finance Reports and Representation
  • Corporate Contracts
  • Corporate Collections
  • Municipal Law and Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Agencies & Programs
  • Eminent Domain
  • State and Local Government Representation
  • Divorce and Child Custody
  • Personal and Corporate Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate Probate and Administration
  • Personal Injury
  • Foreclosure and Tax Real Estate Matters

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • Masters Degree - 2000
    • Major: Public Administration
  • Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2011 - 2012
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2010 - 2011
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2009 - 2010
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2008 - 2009
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2007 - 2008
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2006 - 2007
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2005 - 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Assistant City Attorney, 2002 - Present
  • Ashley Borough, Pennsylvania, Solicitor, 2011 - Present
  • Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania, Solicitor, 2004 - Present
  • VPharm, Inc. (Keystone Pharmacy), CEO/Board President, 2008 - Present
  • Democratic Party, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Solicitor, 2008 - Present
  • 6th Legislative District, Democratic Party of Luzerne County, Assistant Legal Counsel, 2006 - Present
  • Riverfront Abstract Company, President, 2008 - Present
  • St. Nicholas Parish Newspaper: the Messenger, Staff Writer, 1989 - 2011
  • Celebrate Wilkes-Barre, Inc. (non-profit), Co-Founder/Board Member/General Counsel
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Title Insurance Company, Approved Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer legal counsel to Building Bridges NEPA, Inc. , 2012 - Present
  • Volunteer legal counsel to Rainbow Alliance/GayNEPA , 2011 - Present
  • R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental) Program Volunteer/Facilitator, 1992 - 1997
  • Luzerne County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Volunteer, 1990 - 1997
  • Represented American Legion Baseball
  • Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre
  • United Way Board Member, 1992 - 2004

Ancillary Businesses

  • Title Insurance Agent - First American Title Insurance (Riverfront Abstract Company)