Kurt T. Lynott

Esquire

OObtained his J.D. degree from the Widener University School of Law and holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton. He joined Brian J. Cali & Associates after serving as Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County. Prior to that position, he served as a law clerk to Judge Michael Barrasse, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and a Juvenile Court Master. Presently Attorney Lynott serves as Conflict Counsel/PCRA Counsel for Lackawanna County. Current memberships include Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal and Family Law Sections; and Lackawanna County Bar Association where he serves on the Board of Directors.

Latest News

Several years ago the Pennsylvania legislature began modifying the Commonwealth’s antiquated expungement laws. The process began with allowing summary convictions to be expunged so long as the offender remained arrest free for ten (10) years. Starting this November, the expungement law has been changed to include non-violent misdemeanor offenses of the second (2nd) and third (3rd) degree.

Under the current law only charges which have been withdrawn, dismissed or found not guilty could be expunged while convictions could not. Also any charges that were disposed of through the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program were available for expungement.

As a result of the changes in the law, the door has been opened to remove those past indiscretions from your record for employment, educational and housing related searches. The new expungement law will limit access to your criminal record to allow only law enforcement and courts to review the records. If expunged, private agencies who seek a background check will no longer be able to access the convictions if expunged.

The new legislation does have limitations, if the charge you are seeking to expunge is a conviction for a Misdemeanor of the Third Degree or Second Degree, you must be arrest free for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the conviction. The expungement is not automatic and is left to the discretion of the courts and the Commonwealth can oppose your request.

Some of the offenses that will be eligible include, DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft, Recklessly Endangering another Person, and in some instances Simple Assault. Sexual offenses and most other Assault offenses will not be eligible.

Although the new law has its restrictions it will provide relief to eligible individuals, relief that was previously unavailable. If you have prior convictions and are interested in determining if the law applies to you. To schedule an appointment call Attorney Kurt Lynott of Brian J. Cali & Associates at 570 344 2029.

Practices

Family Law

Experienced representation in all family related matters : Divorce, Custody, Support, Children and Youth Appeals, Protection from Abuse, and Adoption. Our team of lawyers and paralegals protect the interests of our clients from the beginning to the end. We guide our clients through the process with understanding and concern and handle each litigation with the same zeal, from the not-so-complicated to the complex. It is our privilege to stand side by side with our clients and achieve the best results.

Real Estate Law

Experienced representation in all phases of real estate transactions: Home Purchases, Home Sales, Financing, Refinancing, Commercial Sales, Commercial Purchases and Land Use Planning. We are a licensed Title Insurance Agent with over thirty years of experience that own and operate a title abstract company known as ETA Inc., issuing Title Insurance through First American Title Insurance. Our clients can rely on us to guide them through the entire process from initial Agreement of Sale through Closing.

Civil Law

Experienced representation in civil actions before all levels of the Judiciary; representing businesses and individuals in Social Security Disability Claims, Contract Disputes, License Violations, Monetary Disputes and Personal Injury Cases. In the instance of specialized personal injury cases, we direct a network of highly vetted firms which are experts within specified areas of personal injury. We guide our clients to the appropriate firm and then continue to provide assistance and guidance throughout the relationship.

Criminal Law

Experienced representation in protecting the rights of the accused and understanding the serious impact on the accused and their family when one has been charged with a crime. We are experienced in navigating through the criminal justice system in regards to minor offenses, misdemeanors and/or felonies. We handle charges of Driving Under the Influence, Drug Arrests, Abuse, Violent Crimes, Thefts, Probation Violations and Appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania - 2003 / Present

Memberships & Associations

  • The Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Conflict Counsel - PCRA Counsel for Lackawanna County
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Criminal and Family Law Sections

Experience

  • Law Clerk to Judge Michael J. Barrasse - 2000 / 2007
  • Assistant District Attorney - 2007
  • Senior Director for Lackawanna County Bar Association Board of Directors - Elected 2013

Education

  • University of Scranton - 1992
  • Widener University School of Law - 2002

Client Testimonials

  • "I first met with Brian when I was six months pregnant with my child. I was in the process of exiting a very brief and tumultuous marriage. Despite the brevity of the marriage, my case had been very complex. From the start, Brian and his staff were always attentive and professional in meeting the needs of myself and, more importantly, my child. Four years from our first meeting, my opinion has not changed. If you want the best, look no further.”

  • "I hired Attorney Brian Cali four years ago for my Divorce action. It was a very stressful time for me, since my divorce was very bitter. I must say that I called Attorney Cali several times a week to guide and help me through the painful process. He always returned my calls whether it was very early in the morning or late into the evening. I never had to worry because I would always hear back from him with answers to all of my questions. If it wasn’t for Attorney Cali, I would not have made it through the entire Divorce process. He is a great attorney and one that definitely earns the title of Super Lawyer."

  • "Attorney Brian Cali turned out to be an excellent choice. He guided me through my divorce process, and I could tell that he truly sympathized with my plight. His entire staff was superb as well. All questions were answered, the proper documents filed in a timely manner, and they all looked out for my best interests. At the lowest point of my life, the bright side was that he and his staff truly made me feel like family. I can’t thank them all enough."

  • "Brian and all of his staff were very professional and caring about each aspect throughout the process. I appreciated their quick responses to my emails and phone calls. I feel that he helped to negotiate a fair outcome and provided excellent legal advice. I would highly recommend Brian and his team!"

  • “Brian and his team, are nothing short of excellent! He’s been my attorney for 11 years, guiding me through my divorce and never once swaying from doing the right thing - keeping my children and I first.”

  • “Brian really cares about his clients. Had I hired any other legal team in town, not only would I have struggled through the divorce, but would probably still be in the middle of it.”

  • “His willingness to listen, empathize, and guide me towards making the right choices for my family and myself - made the legal issues, the least difficult part of my divorce.”

  • “With consistent dedication, Brian Cali and his staff expertly handled my long and arduous divorce, which included a diverse and complicated portfolio. Brian's ability, strength, character, and integrity, coupled with his friendly and kind-hearted staff, prioritized my interests and made sure I never felt worried or alone.”

  • “Attorney Brian Cali's compassion and fairness, along with his willingness to listen, empathize, and guide me through the process - reassured me that he was the right choice for my divorce."

  • “Brian J. Cali is an exceptional divorce lawyer who uses his expertise in a caring and accommodating manner to represent his clients. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Cali for his dedication in representing me and highly recommend his services."

  • “When I began the purchase of my home, I was simply scared. I called the firm and from the beginning to the end, their process was flawless. Their expertise and concern for me made for a pleasant experience.”

  • “At the time in which my Dad got older, he needed to make plans for his estate and assets. The staff of this office was kind, caring and understanding with my father. Not only did they draft the estate plan and the documents he needed, when he passed, they helped probate his estate. They did the best job for our family.”

  • “As soon as I met with the firm and found that they prioritized my needs as well as my child’s needs, I knew I was in the right hands.”

  • “We decided to get into the restaurant business and were warned of the complicated and difficult procedure of buying a business and obtaining a liquor license. Brian and his staff made the entire experience seamless and easy, their professionalism ensuring the transfer of the liquor license on time to start our dream.”

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