VLS Alumnus Thomas P. Brennan '73 Honored by Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
In November 2012, Thomas P. Brennan '73 was honored with the 2012 President's Award by the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association (W-BLLA), in Luzerne County, PA.
The W-BLLA President's Award is awarded annually to an attorney or judge of the Luzerne County Bar who has demonstrated outstanding professional leadership in the Bar, including the local association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. It is the highest award given by the W-BLLA at the yearly Bench Bar Conference, held in November.
Brennan joined the W-BLLA, and became the Co-Chair of its Young Lawyers Section. Thereafter he served on the W-BLLA Executive Committee, and now serves as the Chairperson of the W-BLLA Budget Committee and as a mediator for the W-BLLA's Mortgage Modification Program.
Brennan matriculated magna cum laude from Maryknoll College (Seminary) and King's College in 1968 and was a member of the Class of 1973 at Villanova University School of Law, serving on the the Moot Court Board from 1971-1973. His academic career, however, was interrupted by military service from 1969 to 1971, after being selected through a competitive process to work on the reversion of Okinawa to Japan. While in the military, Brennan was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
From 1972 to 1973, Brennan clerked for the law firm of Raynes, McCarty & Binder in Philadelphia, PA, later joining the firm as an associate from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, he returned to Wilkes-Barre and became a partner in the firm of Gallagher & Brennan n/k/a Gallagher, Brennan & Gill.
Brennan currently maintains a general practice representing individuals, business entities, not-for-profit corporations, and Dallas Township, in various areas of the law. In addition to serving as the Solicitor for Dallas Township, Brennan has been counsel to First Eastern Bank, N.A. for 19 years and has served as an acting title insurance agent for numerous clients. He was a court appointed attorney for the Receiver for Raymond Colliery Co., Inc., whose liquidation arose out of the U.S. v. Gleneagles case and required numerous, complicated, substantial real estate transactions over a ten year period.