NED J. NAKLES, JR.Attorney at Law

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:Litigation Attorney and Partner in the Law firm of Nakles and Nakles since 1982.Areas of speciality include Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Wills and Estate Practice, Education Law and Criminal Litigation.Served as Assistant Public Defender of Westmoreland County, 1985-1987, a position involving extensive trial and appellate practice.

ADMITTED TOPRACTICE:Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Pennsylvania Superior Court; Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County.Also practices before the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County, Somerset County, Allegheny County, Washington County, Bedford County and Cambria County.

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARYASSOCIATIONS:AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS.Membership in this organization is the highest honor a trial lawyer in North America can attain.Each year, only 70 attorneys from the United States and Canada are inducted into the organization.In the year in which I was inducted only 8 lawyers from the entire state of Pennsylvania were also named.Currently, I am one of only two practicing attorneys in Westmoreland County to be a member of the College.The actual membership criteria for the American College of Trial Lawyers is stated as follows:Membership is limited to only those trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified, in addition to being regarded as the best in their state/province. Qualifications must include high ethical and moral standards, as well as excellent character.

Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Member, 1990 through the present.

Board of Governors 1992-1997.

The Academy is a select organization of attorneys who are invited to join. Membership is based upon recognition by their peers as the premier civil trial lawyers in Westmoreland County. I was the youngest person ever to be elected as a member of the Academy.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

This organization recognizes attorneys who have received verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars.

The Best Lawyers in America.

This organization recognizes the top lawyers in the United States as determined by their peers.

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

This organization recognizes the top five percent of practicing Pennsylvania lawyers as determined by their peers and publicized in Philadelphia magazine.

Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Member, Civil Litigation Division

Member, Criminal Law Division

Member, Young Lawyers Division,

Westmoreland County Delegate, 1987

Westmoreland Bar Association.

Member, Civil Litigation Division

Member, Orphans’ Court Rules Committee

Subcommittee Chairman,

Settlement Subcommittee

Member, Continuing Legal Education

Committee, Instructor

Member, Pro-Bono Committee

Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Instructor, Continuing Legal Education Programs. Regularly lecture other attorneys statewide in mandatory legal education relating to civil trial practice and education law.

Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association

Board of Governors, 1990-1994

Ned J. Nakles American Inn of Court.

Master Level

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association.

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

HONORS:Pittsburgh MagazineNamed one of the top personal injury lawyers 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.Philadelphia MagazineNamed one of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania 2009.Salvation ArmyOutstanding Service Award 1998.Pennsylvania Bar Association

Statewide Pro Bono Service Award 1988-89.

Pennsylvania State Police

Meritorious Citizenship Award 2002.

Pennsylvania State Police

Letter of Commendation 2004.

SCHOOLSOLICITORSHIPS:Greater Latrobe School District.Greater Latrobe School Authority.Derry Area School District.Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center.Mount Pleasant Area School District. 1996-2000

OTHER SCHOOLDISTRICTSREPRESENTED:Greensburg Salem School DistrictLigonier School District.Indiana School District.Marion Center School District.Yough School District.

AUTHOR OF LEGALARTICLES:Effective Presentation of Medical Depositions at Trial,Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May (1995)Worker’s Compensation Issues in Third-Party Cases,Westmoreland County PBI, August (1996).Effective Presentation of Medical Depositions at Trial,Westmoreland County Bar Association DiscoveryProcedures, May (1995).

Settlement of Personal Injury Cases,

Westmoreland County Side Bar, November (1992).

Proving Loss of Earnings Impairment of Earning Capacity in Pennsylvania,

Pennsylvania Bar Institute No. 1989-526 (1989).

Procedural Changes in Civil Commitment for Persons Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Ohio Senate Bill 297,

6 U.Day.L.R. 295 (1981).

WESTMORELAND COUNTY ORPHANS’ COURT RULES relative to death actions, guardianship actions, and minor’s action,

Court of Common Pleas, Westmoreland County, PA, June (1995).

Lecturer,Effective Presentation of Videotaped Medical Depositions,Westmoreland Bar Association Continuing Legal Education.Greensburg, Pennsylvania 2008.
Lecturer,Effective Media Relationships, Westmoreland Bar Association Continuing Legal Education.Greensburg, Pennsylvania 2006.
Lecturer,Effective Trial Presentation and Procedures, Westmoreland Bar AssociationContinuing Legal Education.Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 2003.
Lecturer,PBI Annual Auto Law Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 2002.
Lecturer,Discipline of Special Education Students, Westmoreland Bar AssociationContinuing Legal EducationGreensburg, Pennsylvania, 2001.
Lecturer,Qualifying the Expert Witness, The Effect of the New Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rule. Pennsylvania Bar InstitutePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 2001.
Lecturer,Due Process Considerations In Discipline of Special Education Students Under the New IDEA Regulations,Westmoreland Bar AssociationContinuing Legal Education.Deep Creek, Maryland, June 1999.
Lecturer,Hearsay Evidence Under the NewPennsylvania Rules of Evidence, Pennsylvania Bar InstitutePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September, 1999.Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August, 1999.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June, 1999.
Lecturer,Trial of Criminal Cases, Pennsylvania Bar InstituteUniversity of Pittsburgh at Greensburg,Greensburg, Pennsylvania, September 1995.
Lecturer,Discovery Procedures,Westmoreland Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationGreensburg, Pennsylvania, May 1995.
Coordinator,Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers, Trial Practicum, 1992-93. This program included ten, 3 hour instruction periods over a 6 month time frame.
Lecturer,Proving Damages in Wrongful Death and Injury Cases,Pennsylvania Bar InstituteGreensburg, Pennsylvania, February, 1990.
Adjunct Faculty,St. Vincent College, Latrobe Pennsylvania, 1986-87; Instructor in St. Vincent Paralegal Program; courses taught include Civil Litigation and Introduction to Paralegal Studies.
Adjunct Faculty,Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania, 1988; Instructor in Civil Litigation in Pre-Law Department.
Lecturer,Constitutional Issues in School Law. Meeting of Latrobe, Derry, and Ligonier Superintendents and Administrators, August, 1983.
Lecturer,Legal Issues in the Health Care Profession, Westmoreland County Community College, Seminar for nursing assistants, April 1984.
Lecturer,Judicial Activism in the Aftermath of Roe v. Wade, Saint Vincent College, October, 1984.

LEGAL EDUCATION:University of Dayton School of LawDayton, Ohio, Juris Doctor, 1982.

AWARDS &ACTIVITIES:University of Dayton Law Review, 1980-82.Research Editor, 1981-82.Staff Member, 1980-81.Dean Richard L. Braun Award for Excellence in Law Review Authorship,This award is given to recognize the Law Review member who produces the most outstanding published legal article in the Review.University of Dayton School of Law, Law Review Scholarship.Participant 1981 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Case Western School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio.

Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

University of Dayton Legal Assistance to the Elderly Program.

Staff Writer, Statutory Rap, Law School Newspaper.

International Law Society.

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

National Dean’s List.

Student Association Award of Merit.

Alumni-Student Service Award.

St. Vincent Student Government Association.

Chairman, 1979

Secretary, 1978

Secretary of St. Vincent College Junior Class, 1978.

Varsity Hockey Team, 1976-78.

UNDERGRADUATEEDUCATION:Saint Vincent CollegeBachelor of Science: Political ScienceMinor: Religious StudiesHigh HonorsRichmond College, London, England.December, 1977 through June, 1978.Highest Honors

OTHER ASSOCIATIONSAND ACTIVITIES:President, Lincoln Sports Partners, 1995 to present.Owner and managing partner of the Johnstown Chiefs, Inc., affiliate member of the East Coast Hockey League, April 1993, to May 1995; minority owner, 2005 to present.Partner and minority owner, Greenville Growl Hockey Club Ltd., affiliate member of the East Coast Hockey League 1995 to 2004.Partner and minority owner, Richmond Renegades Hockey Club, Ltd., affiliate member of the East Coast Hockey League, 1995 to 2003.Board of Governors, Vice President, East Coast Hockey League, 1995.Advisory Committee Member, Latrobe Salvation Army, 1995 to present.
NON-LEGALWORK EXPERIENCE:Construction Worker, George Danko, Inc. Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1981.Living Specialist, Youth Conservation Corps Camp Leader Benton, Illinois, 1980.
PERSONAL: Born September 11, 1957, Latrobe Pennsylvania.Graduated Latrobe High School 1975.Married Constance E. Nakles, May 21, 1983.Son, Ned J. Nakles, III, August 17,1988.Interests include art and hiking.