Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that Gretchen L. Geisser Petersen has been named Shareholder of the Firm.
Ms. Petersen serves as a member in FLB’s Litigation & Trial Practice. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including commercial litigation, real estate litigation, landlord-tenant law, personal injury, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, and the Right to Know Act. She also has extensive experience in tax assessment appeals, property tax exemptions and business privilege tax matters, representing clients ranging from residential homeowners to major nonprofit institutions. In addition to representing a wide-range of clients in diverse areas of litigation and taxation, Ms. Petersen is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, representing clients before both state courts and Federal Courts. This range of experience, along with Ms. Petersen’s extensive practice range, makes her a valuable asset to her clients and the Firm.
Graduating from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Biology, Ms. Petersen has merged the critical-thinking developed during her undergraduate experience with the legal knowledge acquired during her tenure at Villanova University School of Law. After working for both the Pennsylvania Superior Court and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania while at Villanova Law School, Ms. Petersen further developed her courtroom experience as a law clerk with The Honorable Michael J. Koury, Jr. of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County. Ms. Petersen joined FLB in 2012, bringing her extensive judicial knowledge to the litigation team.
Since joining the Firm, Ms. Petersen has successfully litigated numerous trials and arbitrations before both Pennsylvania and New Jersey Trial Courts, as well as before Appellate Courts in both states.
Erich J. Schock, Co-Managing Shareholder, commented: “Since joining FLB Gretchen has displayed dedication to advancing the goals of the Firm and its clients. For several years she led our Pre-Law Shadow Day and helped it grow into a well-known community program offering an opportunity each year for budding lawyers to gain exposure to the legal profession. Also, her enthusiasm to take on new cases and her deep knowledge of her practice area have made her a sought-after attorney and one of the leaders of FLB’s next generation.”
Ms. Petersen’s dedication to the Lehigh Valley is reflected in her commitment to community service. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Easton since 2013. Ms. Petersen is also a member of the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates and became a Board Member for the Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Lehigh County Barristers’ Inn, and is a member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and Northampton County Bar Association.