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Luzerne Bank Elects New Board Chairman

WILKES-BARRE, May 24, 2007 - The Board of Directors of Luzerne Bank recently elected Attorney Joseph E. Kluger as Chairman of the Board following its annual shareholders meeting. Attorney Kluger is a principal in the law firm of HKQ Law where he is the chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.

“We are pleased to have Joe’s outstanding leadership continue the fine Kluger family tradition in the banking industry of the Wyoming Valley,” said Luzerne Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. Snyder. “Joe’s legal insight in corporate banking, trust and real estate will be indispensable as Luzerne Bank creates new opportunities for growth and to help our clients succeed.”

Since joining the bank’s Board of Directors, Attorney Kluger has played an essential role in the bank’s strategic direction, strengthening its financial position and ensuring the bank’s commitment to being a locally owned independent bank in Northeast Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the board, he served on Mellon Bank’s Advisory Board and has lectured at many legal seminars and forums on different aspects of banking law. He was named a 2007 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for creditor rights in Philadelphia Magazine’s annual survey of the state’s top attorneys.

For three generations, the Kluger family has provided leadership in the Wyoming Valley banking industry. Attorney Kluger’s grandfather, Samuel A. Kluger, was the Chief Operating Officer of First National Bank of Wyoming, now the Wyoming office of Luzerne Bank. He was associated with the bank for 63 years. Attorney Kluger’s father, Attorney Allan M. Kluger, also a principal at HKQ, served on the Board of Directors of Luzerne Bank, retiring as chairman in 2006. He previously served as Director and Vice President of the First National Bank of Wyoming and as a member of the Board of Directors of United Penn Bank and Continental Bancorp of Philadelphia, and the Mellon Bank Advisory Board. His mother, Sue K. Kluger, was one of the first area women elected as a bank director when she served on the board of the First National Bank of Wyoming. She later served on the Advisory Boards of First Eastern Bank and PNC Bank, N.A.

Attorney Kluger is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. In his practice at HKQ’s main office in Kingston, he focuses on banking, bankruptcy, corporate, probate/trust, real estate and non-profit law. His wife, Attorney Amanda Wright Kluger a lawyer licensed to practice in her home country of the United Kingdom, as well as in Pennsylvania is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, handling plaintiff’s personal injury, medical malpractice and worker’s compensation claims. They have a daughter, Isabella Rose Wright Kluger.

In addition to his board chairmanship at Luzerne Bank, Attorney Kluger serves on the boards of King’s College, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Luzerne Foundation, Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corp., Innovation Center @ Wilkes-Barre, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of Wyoming Valley and AAA Valley Auto Club. He is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council and, with his wife Amanda, co-chaired the 2005 Luzerne County SPCA Capital Campaign. He is a former board member of the American Cancer Society of Luzerne County, Mellon Bank, Catholic Youth Services, Leadership Wilkes-Barre Advisory Council, and the S.J. Straus B’nai B’rith Lodge.

Luzerne Bank, formerly Luzerne National Bank, was founded in 1907 and is the oldest banking institution in Luzerne County. The bank provides a comprehensive array of financial services to help businesses and individuals succeed in their financial goals. It has six local offices, including a main office in Luzerne and branches in Swoyersville, Dallas, Wilkes-Barre, Wyoming and the Sunshine Supermarket in Plains.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.

These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.


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