In Memoriam 1950-2012
Jay A. Scherline
Attorney Jay A. Scherline founded the Law Offices of Scherline and Associates in 1976 and had concentrated his practice on representing injured victims throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for over thirty years. Unfortunately, Jay Scherline passed away on December 31st, 2012, but his memory lives on, and the attorneys at Scherline & Associates remain committed to giving their clients the best legal representation possible.
Prior to his passing, Atty. Scherline was admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York Courts, and before the United States Supreme Court.
After graduating with a degree in business, Atty. Scherline received his law degree from Vermont Law School where he served on the Student Judiciary. A former member of the Lehigh County (Past President), Northampton County, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations, Atty. Scherline was also a State and Federal Court-Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator and was admitted to the Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition, Atty. Scherline was a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA), the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and New Jersey Association for Justice. Attorney Scherline was also a member of the Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyer Association.
Atty. Scherline was an experienced trial lawyer who had effectively represented thousands of serious personal injury matters. He had been named in Newsweek Magazine as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in the country, Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Best Personal Injury Lawyer, and one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, Atty. Scherline was named Best Attorney by the Morning Call Reader’s Choice (2009), and Lehigh Valley Lawyer’s Who’s Who. He was also a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Dedicated To Giving Back
A true humanitarian, Atty. Scherline was involved in many organizations including the Minsi Trails Council's Learning for Life career awareness program (Chair), B'nai B'rith Senior Citizen Housing Corporation (Board of Directors), Jewish Family Service (Director) and Citizens for a Better Allentown (Founder).
Atty. Scherline’s involvement in the community made him the recipient of many awards including the Spirit of Partnership Award from Big Brothers and Sisters, “Legal Eagle” Award from the Bar Association of Lehigh County, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, “Human Relations Award” from the Allentown Human Relations Commission, and American Hero for Arthritis award (1998), Philanthropist of the Year award (2001), and National Volunteer Service Citation (2009) from the Arthritis Foundation, the Mover’s and Shaper’s Award, Who’s Who in American Law, United States President’s Volunteer Service Award (2005, 2010), Silver Beaver Award from the Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America (2011), Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Spotlight Award for Prominent Business Executives, and many other recognitions.
In addition to his philanthropic work, Atty. Scherline had written multiple articles on topics such as community service (“An Attorney’s Civic Duty, Giving Back to the Community” published in Marketing Legal Services Committee’s Committee Update, a publication of the ABA General Practice Section), legal balance (“Balance and Practice of Law” for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s PBI Institute), and personal injury (“State Law Regulates Tort Options for Automobile Insurance” published in the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal; “Proper Auto Insurance Protects Your Legal Rights” published in La Cronica newspaper). Atty. Scherline had also lectured at Lehigh University, Lehigh Carbon Community College, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Lehigh and Northampton County Bar Associations, as well as many local churches and synagogues. He had also lectured at numerous local crime watch groups on topics such as automobile insurance law, identity theft and techniques of negotiation.
Areas of Practice
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1976
Honors: Student Judiciary
University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
B.S., Bachelor of Science – 00/1973
An Attorney’s Civic Duty, Giving Back to the Community, Marketing Legal Services Committee’s Committee Update, ABA General Practice Section
Balance and Practice of Law, Pennsylvania Bar Association’s PBI Institute
State Law Regulates Tort Options for Automobile Insurance, Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
Proper Auto Insurance Protects Your Legal Rights, La Cronica Newspaper
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Service, Traveler’s Protective Association
Meritorious Award, Hillsborough County Mental Health
Certificate of Merit, Lehigh County Republican Committee
Annual Honoree, Sons of Israel, 1990
Top Trial Lawyers, Newsweek Magazine
Best Personal Injury Lawyer, Lehigh Valley Magazine
Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association
Best Attorney, Morning Call Reader’s Choice
Lehigh Valley Lawyer’s Who’s Who
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
Spirit of Partnership Award, Big Brothers and Sisters
Legal Eagle Award, Bar Association of Lehigh County
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
Human Relations Award, Allentown Human Relations Commission
American Hero for Arthritis Award, Arthritis Foundation
Philanthropist of the Year Award, Arthritis Foundation
National Volunteer Service Citation, Arthritis Foundation
Mover’s and Shaper’s Award
Who’s Who in American Law
United States President’s Volunteer Service Award
United States President’s Volunteer Service Award
Silver Beaver Award, Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America
Spotlight Award for Prominent Business Executives, Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal