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The Luckiest Guy That Ever Lived

Allan KlugerIf you want to beat Allan Kluger into the office, you'd better get up early - very early!

Kluger, who has been practicing law since 1953, gets to the office at 4:30 a.m., seven days a week, and says, "I'm never tired."

"I flunked the course in sleeping," says Kluger with a chuckle. "But seriously, I come in so early because I love what I do and it gives me the opportunity to give the kind of service I want to give to my clients. I get a lot of work done before the rest of the office gets here."

Kluger, who is president and senior member of HK&Q, heads the firm's Commercial / Corporate Team, which offers a wide array of legal services to the business community. These days, his practice focuses on corporate law, wills and estates.

Born and raised in the Borough of Wyoming where he still has office hours one afternoon a week, Kluger's father, Samuel A., was the chief operating officer of First National Bank of Wyoming. His mother, Ella, taught school briefly and later worked in her brother-in-law's department store. His only sibling, Sheldon, was a pediatrician who died in his 40s.

A week after graduating from Wyoming Seminary, Kluger enrolled in Amherst College in Massachusetts where he accelerated. By age 18, he was a college junior. Kluger says his years at Amherst provided him with a wonderful liberal arts education.

After undergraduate school, he says, "Candidly, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I ultimately chose law school because I felt it would give me the best preparation for future success."

Kluger earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and returned to practice in Luzerne County.

"Law school was my first experience in a big city, and, to tell you the truth, I didn't like big city living and I didn't love law school," he says. "But after I started to practice, I fell in love with the law. "

"I acquired a great appreciation for people who would come to me for help, and I made up my mind that I would give the best service and advice possible. I didn't want to keep people waiting and I wanted to return calls promptly. I still return every call the same day I receive it."

Kluger says he believes "that the client is entitled to the best service I can give, no matter what type of case it is or how big or small it is. I try to instill this philosophy in the young lawyers we hire. I like to keep in touch with a client and let him know what is going on. I believe in service, and I believe that is the secret to my success."

Asked what he likes best about HK&Q, Kluger says, "I like the quality of work that we provide. The lawyers in this firm are my second family. We share our joys and our sorrows, our victories and our disappointments."

In recent years, Kluger has begun spending a few weeks each month in the winter at his condominium in Marco Island, Florida, although he continues to work while he is there.

Kluger and his wife, the former Sue Kline, have three children. Their son Joe is a lawyer on the firm's Commercial / Commercial Team, and to quote Allan "is a better lawyer than I am." Joe's wife, Amanda, is a lawyer on the firm's Civil Justice Team. Allan and Sue's daughter, Elizabeth, is legal counsel and senior vice president of The Staubach Company, owned by football legend Roger Staubach. Their son Larry is executive vice president of Journal Publications in Harrisburg.

Sue Kluger recently retired after serving 23 years as Executive Director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and was recognized by the National Association for Leadership as one of the best directors in the country.

Kluger's list of accomplishments and community service is impressive, to say the least. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Luzerne National Bank, and serves on the boards of nine other corporations, business and community organization, colleges and universities. In the past he has served in leadership positions with 21 other organizations.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the B'nai B'rith Distinguished Service Award, the Wyoming Seminary Distinguished Service Award, and the first Ethics Award by the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pa.

He and his wife received the first Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award from the Greater Pocono Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Community Service Award.

Kluger said he believes very strongly in giving back to his community, and he recommends every lawyer in the firm do the same.

When he is not in the office for his usual 14-hour days or going to meetings, Kluger enjoys reading history and biographies, playing tennis and spending time with his four grandsons, ages 3 through 12.

"I think I am the luckiest guy that ever lived - lucky to have a wonderful wife, lucky to have wonderful children, lucky to have a profession that I love and lucky to have partners with whom I enjoy working."