James A. Bartholomew

James A. Bartholomew

Of Counsel

Corporate, Business & Banking • Taxation • Estate Planning & Administration of Estates & Trusts • Charter Schools

James A. Bartholomew is an attorney in the Firm’s Estate Planning & Administration of Estates & Trusts Group.  Mr. Bartholomew’s practice includes estate planning and administration, wills, elder law, corporate and business law, real estate and municipal law. He has been a frequent lecturer to regional groups on the subjects of Wills and Estate Planning, Planned Charitable Giving, and Retirement Planning. Mr. Bartholomew serves as Co-Solicitor of the Lehigh Tax Collection Committee, and served as Solicitor of the Southern Lehigh School District from 1978 to 2013.


  • Princeton University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1966
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1969
  • Temple University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Professional Organizations

  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Affiliations

  • Navy Achievement Medal, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
  • Recipient, Volunteer Award, Allentown Arts Commission
  • Named a Select Lawyer in:
    • Education Law, Estate Planning/Administration/Probate Law and Taxation Law, 2014
    • Estate Planning/Administration/Probate Law, 2015 – 2017
  • Included in Top Attorneys list, Estate Planning, Suburban Life, 2014 – 2017

Community Activity

  • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Member, Board of Directors
  • Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Past President, Board of Directors
  • Endowment Fund of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Past Chairman
  • United Way of the Lehigh Valley, and Past Chairman, Planned Giving Committee, Past Member, Board of Directors