Academy Member Inducted 2020

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Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), Mediator, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.)

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Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
515 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Tel: 484-765-2308
Cell: (610) 360-7048
Fax: 484-765-2287
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Recognized to Pennsylvania Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2017
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)50
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)25
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Online / In-Person


Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative Judge of the Orphans’ County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county, and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans’ Court. He was also the first Judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.

For fifteen years, Judge Giordano served as judge for many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and Federal Law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, will contests , and domestic relations.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Giordano is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation, is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Villanova University School of Law, 1985
  • Moravian College, 1982
  • Lipscomb University, in conjunction with Pepperdine Law School, 2019, Strategic Negotiation Skills
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2019, Advanced Mediation Training
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators, 2019, Advanced Mediation Training in Procedural Dilemmas and Resolving Conflicts and Challenges
  • American Arbitration Association, 2019, Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, 2019, Mediation Seminar
  • N.A.A. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, 2019, Federal Arbitration Law and Practice Seminar
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Training, 2019, The Secrets Behind Successful Dispute Resolution; Decision Making & Navigating Relationships for Clients, Counsel & Neutrals
  • Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute, 2018, Advanced Mediation Course

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Admitted to Bar: New York, 1985; Pennsylvania, 1986
  • Admitted to Practice, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators — Distinguished Fellow
  • American Bar Association, 1990— Present
  • Pennsylvania State Trial Judges, 2003 — Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1987— Present
  • Northampton County Bar Association, 1987 —Present
  • Civil & Equal Rights Committee, 2013 - Present
  • Family Law Section, 2005 - Present
  • Civil Litigation Section, 2004 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Section, 2005 — Present
  • International & Comparative Law Section, 2014
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, 2014
  • Elder Law Section, 2014
  • Intellectual Property Law Section, 2014
  • Federal Bar Association, 2014

Rates Information

Fee is based on type of case and number of particpating parties.  Please contact Mr. Giordano's staff for fee schedule.

$300.00 per hour - Travel Time 

3,500.00 Cancellation Fee if arbitration is cancelled within 10 days of arbitration 

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