Articles & News 2006

From the January Chamber of Commerce section of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette:

Casale & Bonner still going strong

By LAUREN McLANE

Mike CasaleWhen Michael J. Casale Sr. joined the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce in 1954, his one-man law practice was just starting to establish itself as part of the City of Williamsport. Now, 50 years later, his sons, through the law firm of Casale & Bonner, P.C. are carrying on his tradition of dedication to his community and his law practice.

Today, the Michael Casale is Michael J. Casale Jr. His brother, James D. Casale, is also a member of the firm. Together with John Bonner, their father’s long-time partner, and three other attorneys, the firm serves the area in a wide range of legal services.

“We are a general practice firm, with no huge clients. We serve individuals, families and middle-sized businesses,” Casale said.

Casale focuses mostly on commercial real estate transactions, business law and estate planning.

His brother James concentrates on residential real estate, title insurance and landlord/tenant law.

Norman M. Lubin, one of two attorneys in the firm who is not originally from the area, is the city solicitor for Williamsport. He does municipal law, Social Security claims, bankruptcy, worker’s compensation law and handles other governmental issues.

Bradley S. Hillman, the other non-local attorney, has carved his niche in the domestic and criminal areas of law.

Joseph F. Orso III is the South Williamsport Borough Solicitor, and with John R. Bonner forms a two-man team handling personal injury and business-related litigation.

Bonner, the only remaining founding partner, has varied interests, including acting as solicitor for the Lycoming County Housing Authority, and has extensive trial experience.

And, Casale added, “We’re always accepting new clients.”

When contacted about being a 50+ member of the chamber, Casale said, “Our focus has always been to be part of the community, through business or charity or otherwise. The chamber is a very important part of the community. I can’t imagine a business like ours not being part of the chamber.”

Although there is certainly a business motive to belonging, such as informal referrals, there is a community motive separate from that, he added.