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John A. Mihalik

John A. Mihalik

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Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial and General Litigation
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Municipal Law


John (Jack) Mihalik has litigated cases in the Pennsylvania Courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, having appeared in 28 of Pennsylvania's 67 Counties over a 45 year period. He has argued cases before the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and has filed and defended Petitions for Writs of Certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. Jack has also appeared numerous times before Pennsylvania's Appellate Courts. He has settled or tried a full range of civil cases including automobile accident cases, slip and fall cases, products liability cases, medical negligence cases, and a variety of commercial and personal litigation cases. Mr. Mihalik represents several municipalities, and through this practice, he has extensive experience with land use issues and land use litigation. He has appeared before local governments on land use matters and litigated them in the Court of Common Pleas and Commonwealth Court. He also has experience in administrative law matters.

As a trial lawyer, Jack works aggressively in Court on behalf of his clients, while keeping in mind that amicable solutions at times are in the best interests of his clients. Because he has an engineering degree and is a lawyer, he brings a problem-solving approach to litigation rather than a problem-causing approach.

Mr. Mihalik is active in scouting, having served for many years as the Chairman of the Eagle Scout Board of Review for the Columbia-Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1972
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • B.S.E.E. - 1968
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


Classes & Seminars

Pro-Bono Activities

Published Works

Fraternities or Sororities

Representative Clients

  • Briar Creek Borough
  • Mahoning Township Zoning Hearing Board
  • Tri-County Council of Governments

Representative Cases

  • Polk v. CSIU 16, 853 F.2d 171 (U.S. 3rd Circuit, 1988)
  • Bloomsburg Landlords Assn. v. Bloomsburg, 812 F.Supp. 790 (U.S. Middle District PA, 1995)

Certified Legal Specialties

Professional Associations

  • Columbia/Montour County Bar Association, Member

Ancillary Businesses

Past Positions

  • General Electric, Patent Researcher, 1968 - 1970