Charles Bruno, Esq.
Chuck Bruno is a founding member and managing shareholder of Bruno Law. Chuck was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania and is a first generation American, son of parents of Sicilian heritage. Chuck grew up and worked in the family restaurant business where his parents led by example with their hard work and dedication to family. He was encouraged by his parents to obtain an education that would allow him to pursue a career in the law where he could make a difference in the lives of others. As a lawyer, Chuck has always tried learning from the values passed on to him by his parents by working hard and being dedicated to his family and the needs of the people he represents. Chuck focuses on making sure that his clients’ rights are protected by providing sound legal advice, resolving their disputes and/or fighting for them in the courtroom.
Areas of Practice
Chuck practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His practice has always been devoted to representing those who have been severely injured in automobile accidents, unsafe property accidents, and accidents due to medical errors committed by physicians or hospital personnel. Chuck is particularly focused on fighting in court for those who need protection the most such as children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
Chuck also represents individuals and local business clients in many other areas of the law, including business law, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, real estate development, zoning, and municipal law. Chuck has successfully argued hundreds of cases in front of both state and federal trial courts. He has also successfully argued many different types of cases on appeal before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
In addition to these practice areas, Chuck represents clients in estate planning and administration matters. He understands that the death of a loved one can cause family members to be left with emotional hardship and the tremendous responsibility of making sure that the wishes and affairs of the deceased individual are attended to in the administration of their estate. With the assistance of his long-time paralegal, Tina, Chuck has focused on making sure that the estate administration process runs as smoothly as possible for his clients. Chuck has come to realize how important it is to properly plan for those times when you need help as you get older. He assists clients with planning their estates and appointing individuals as agents through the preparation of power of attorney documents and other documentation that meets their estate planning objectives.
Chuck graduated from Bethlehem Catholic High School in 1981. After high school, he went on to college at Villanova University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1985. While in college, Chuck was a member of the varsity baseball team where he enjoyed competing on behalf of Villanova against schools from the Big East and other colleges from the Philadelphia area.
After college, Chuck went on to attend law school at the Delaware Law School of Widener University where he obtained his law degree in 1988. In law school, his highest achievements were obtained in courses involving trial advocacy, evidence, and other aspects of litigation.
After his initial five years of practice in Bethlehem, PA, Chuck moved his office back to Easton, PA where his roots were and practiced law with the legendary Charles H. Spaziani, Esq. While working together with Mr. Spaziani, Chuck further developed his devotion to serving his community and representing many working class individuals and their families.
In 1998, Chuck was appointed as the Township Solicitor to represent the community of Palmer Township, the local municipality where he has lived most of his life. Chuck served as the Township Solicitor for over 23 years. As the Township Solicitor, Chuck regularly appeared on behalf of Palmer Township at public meetings held at night where he acted as the attorney for the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors and the Palmer Township Planning Commission.
In 2007, Chuck formed a law partnership with Jim Pfeiffer, Esq. dedicated to representing individuals and their families who have suffered physical, emotional, or financial hardships. When Jim accepted an appointment from the Governor of New Jersey as the Warren County Prosecutor in November 2019, Chuck formed Bruno Law and continued to serve clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many times, individuals and local businesses need other people to stand up for their rights and individual freedoms, and that is what Chuck and the team at Bruno Law strive to do each and every day.
Throughout the years of his practice, Chuck has supported his community by volunteering as a girls’ softball coach and further has participated in, or sponsored, charitable organizations such as the Miracle League of Northampton County and the Palmer BIP. Chuck has also served as a board member of BEST (Building Educational Support Teams), a scholarship organization which raises funds for underprivileged children.
Chuck and the personal injury team at Bruno Law deliver results to their clients. The following are just a few of the successful results that the personal injury team at Bruno Law has delivered:
- $2,600,000 recovery for a man injured in a tractor trailer accident in New Jersey.
- $2,250,000 recovery for a woman injured in a commercial truck accident in New Jersey.
- $1,625,000 recovery for a woman injured at her workplace in New Jersey.
- $1,550,000 recovery for a woman injured in a tractor trailer accident in Pennsylvania. Chuck represented the family of an elderly woman who was involved in a terrible trucking accident. The woman was the passenger in a car driven by her son that collided at the back of a bobtail truck pulling onto the Pa. Turnpike from the shoulder of the highway at night without hazard lights on in a poorly lit area. The State police accident report placed the blame on the deceased woman’s son, but Chuck saw it differently. After thoroughly investigating the matter, Chuck made a claim against the trucking company for failing to properly train its driver who failed to properly yield and take the necessary precautions before entering the roadway. Ultimately, after years of litigation, Chuck was able to recover $1,550,000 for the mother’s family as compensation for the several months of pain and suffering she endured from her traumatic injuries that led to her death.
- $1,250,000 recovery for wrongful death of a man in an auto accident in New Jersey.
- $1,200,000 recovery for a man injured by a drunk driver in Pennsylvania.
- $1,100,000 recovery for voluntary fireman employee in a workers’ compensation case. Chuck pursued a claim for workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of an injured volunteer fireman employee who sustained serious back and head injuries in a vehicular accident. Ultimately, that claim yielded over $1,100,000 in workers’ compensation benefits despite attempts by the workers’ compensation carrier for his employer to terminate and modify his benefits.
- $975,000 recovery for tractor trailer driver who slipped on ice. In a case involving a tractor trailer driver who slipped on ice that was not cleared on the parking lot of a location where he was required to load his trailer, Chuck recovered $975,000 from the insurers for the property owner, business owner, and snow removal contractor to compensate the truck driver for his physical injuries and his long-term economic losses.
- $950,000 recovery for a man injured at his apartment complex. When a man who was paraplegic was severely injured after he fell from the top of steps when he was forced to get out of his wheelchair and climb steps to get to the parking lot of a large apartment complex, Chuck pursued a claim for violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act against the apartment owner. Since the apartment owner did not comply with the federal requirements for providing safe access for individuals with disabilities, Chuck made sure his client’s rights were protected in federal court, and the client received compensation in the amount of $950,000.
- $900,000 recovery for a woman injured in a slip and fall incident at work in New Jersey.
Chuck also represents individuals and local businesses in civil litigation and business litigation disputes. Here are a few of the notable cases that he has handled in this area of law:
- Chuck successfully represented a local real estate developer in obtaining emergency declaratory relief and an injunction against a competitor real estate developer who attempted to interfere with the purchase of a commercial property to be used for the development of a multimillion-dollar manufacturing facility for a local manufacturing company by opposing Chuck’s client in the governmental approval process and filing meritless claims in court.
- Chuck successfully obtained a preliminary injunction in federal court on behalf of a local billboard advertising company against a prominent real estate developer who was the seller of various billboard assets and his family by requesting the Court to enforce a covenant not to compete provision in a $15,000,000 asset purchase agreement. The prior owner of the billboards attempted to circumvent his promise to not compete against Chuck’s client by setting up other members of his family to compete in the same business that he promised he would not be involved in. Chuck argued that this was an unfair situation that needed to be corrected, and the Court agreed.
- Chuck also previously represented former heavyweight boxing champion, Larry Holmes, when he wanted to sue boxing promoters from California and Nevada for breaching their contract to arrange at least four more fights for the Champ in his comeback out of retirement. Chuck was successful at trial in obtaining a judgment against the fight promoters.
- Chuck has also prevailed in several large estate litigation matters. In a notable case involving the estate of a local multimillionaire, Chuck protected the interests of a charitable foundation that was named as a beneficiary in the deceased gentleman’s Will against claims that the Will was invalid. After years of litigation, Chuck was able to resolve the case and preserve the charitable foundation’s devised interest in the property worth over $6,000,000.
- Member of the Pennsylvania Bar
- Member of the New Jersey Bar
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Association for Justice
- Northampton County Bar Association
- United States Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania
- United States Middle District Court of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit