Emil W. Kantra II

Emil W. Kantra II

Chair – Family Law

Family Law • Real Estate, Land Use & Development • Eminent Domain

Emil W. Kantra II is a shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s Family Law Group. His practice includes family law, divorce, custody, support, prenuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements. In addition, he is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Land Use &  Development Group, concentrating on obtaining and defending municipal and outside agency approvals such as DEP and PennDOT, Real Estate Assessment Appeals, Eminent Domain and real estate litigation, including partition actions and easement-related litigation.


  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974
  • Cornell University, J.D., 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • Bar Association of Lehigh County – President, Family Law Section 1992-1993
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Affiliations

  • Martindale Hubbell Lawyers’ Rating “AV® Preeminent,” Highest Professional Ranking
  • Selected for inclusion in 2005-2006, 2012-2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Named a Select Lawyer in:
    • Eminent Domain Law, Government/Cities/Municipalities Law, Real Estate, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Development Law and Family, Custody & Divorce Law, 2014
    • Family, Custody & Divorce Law, 2015 – 2017
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by American Lawyer Media
  • 2007 Bar Association of Lehigh County Community Service Award
  • Included in Top Attorneys list, Divorce/Family Law, Suburban Life, 2014 – 2017

Projects & Accomplishments

  • In re: Shook, 315 Pa.Super. 625, 463 A.2d 28 (1983)
  • Oeler by Gross Oeler, 594 A.2d 649 (1991)
  • McAuliffe vs. McAuliffe, 418 Pa. Super 39, 618 A.2d 20 (1992)
  • Town & Country Management Corp. v. Zoning Hearing Bd. of Borough of Emmaus, 671 A.2d 790 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1996)
  • Mack Trucks, Inc. v. Lehigh County Bd. of Assessment Appeals, 692 A.2d 661 (Pa.Cmwlth. 1997)
  • Penn’s Grant Associates v. Northampton County Bd. of Assessment Appeals, 733 A.2d 23, (1999)
  • Blue Mountain Preservation Association and Appalachian Trail Conference vs. Eldred Township and Alpine Rose Resorts, 867 A.2d 692 (Pa.Cmmwlth. 2005)
  • Blue Mountain Preservation Association, Inc. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and Alpine Rose Resorts, EHB Docket No. 2005-077-K
  • Hornstein v. Lynn Tp. Sewer Authority, 586 Pa. 508, 895 A.2d 544 (Pa., 2006)
  • Geryville Materials, Inc. v. Lower Milford Tp. Zoning Hearing Bd., 8 A.3d 347 (Pa.,Apr 14, 2010)

Community Activity

  • Haven House, Chairman, Board of Directors. 2008 – 2017
  • Upper Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board, Former Member, 1983-1992
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