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About Us

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At Banks Law Group, we bring a wealth of experience to every case. Our skilled attorneys are dedicated to providing you with the best possible advice and a positive outcome to your legal matter. We specialize in the most important legal needs of everyday people like you.

About The Managing Member:

Attorney Matthew B. Banks was born and raised in Berks County. He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a concentration in Economics, Political Science, and Political Economics. After graduation, he pursued his interests in law and government at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. During his time there, he served as presidents of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and the International Law Fraternity. In addition, Mr. Banks published an article in a distinguished legal journal as a graduate student.

Experience:

Before entering private practice, Mr. Banks served under Lieutenant Governor & President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Pennsylvania, Joseph B. Scarnati, III ® where he worked on criminal expungements and Board of Pardons issues. Thereafter, he represented the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in their driver’s license suspensions hearings division.

Attorney Banks has represented United States Military service men, including Special Operators; Professional Athletes; Collegiate Athletes; College Professors; Teachers; Medical Professionals; Professionals; Clergymen; Large and Small Businesses; and many others.

Many of Attorney Banks cases have garnered extensive media attention, including regional/national outlets such as Fox News, ABC News, Huffington Post, NY Times, and many others. Attorney Banks has also been directly approached by a New York Times Best Selling Author, Kate Moretti, for his legal expertise to confirm, advise, and direct legal accuracy in a fictional crime novel. Clients repeatedly choose Banks Law based on their no-nonsense approach coupled with their dedication to the client’s cause and overall results achieved.

Eric Harakel

Attorney Eric Harakal – Senior Litigating Associate

Attorney Harakal joined Banks Law Group with a focus and concentration in Criminal Defense. Eric is intimately familiar with the criminal justice system and has held numerous positions within multiple District Attorney offices including; Oneida County (NY) District Attorney’s Office, Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office, and Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, Eric has gained valuable private practice experience with a well-respected solo practitioner focusing on family law, wills & estates and general civil practice.

Eric earned his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Russian Language and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, NY where he served as the Treasurer and President of the Criminal Law Society.

Currently Attorney Harakal is the Senior Litigating Associate within the Criminal Defense division of Banks Law Group.

Connor Line

Attorney Connor J. Line – Litigating Associate

Attorney Line joined the Banks Law Group with a specific desire to assist individuals with divorce, custody, adoption, and related Family Law issues. His experience with The Banks Law Group as a law clerk, his time at the Community Law Clinic, and experience as a Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocate have prepared him to take on the toughest family law matters. Attorney Line has a History degree from Millersville University and a Juris Doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.

Currently Attorney Line is concentrated within Banks Law Groups Family Law, Criminal, and General Civil Litigation divisions.

Emily Farren

Attorney Emily A. Farren – Litigating Associate

Attorney Farren joined the Banks Law Group with a specific emphasis on litigation. As a veteran of the United States Army, Attorney Farren employs a no nonsense approach to work for her clients. Her previous experience with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and the Cumberland County District Attorney uniquely enables her to navigate the legal landscape.

Attorney Farren has a B.A. in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) and a M.S. in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. During Law School she served on the Trial Advocacy Executive Board, earned Top Oral Advocate in Legal Methods, and was named Widener’s 2016 recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award as well as a 2016 recipient of the Widener Commonwealth Outstanding Service Award.

Currently Attorney Farren is concentrated within Banks Law Groups Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Litigation divisions.

Jeremy . Mittman

Attorney Jeremy Z. Mittman – Of Counsel

Attorney Mittman assists Banks Law Group clients on motor vehicle accidents, workers compensation cases, and a variety of other personal injury claims.  In addition to having his own solo law practice with over twenty years of experience, he has been Of Counsel to Banks Law Group since 2011.

Attorney Mittman has been intricately involved with dozens of cases throughout his career helping injured victims secure six figure results. Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from Villanova Law School. He has practiced law since 1993 and is active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Currently Attorney Mittman is concentrated with the Personal Injury, Wills and Estates, Workers Compensation, and General Civil Litigation divisions of Banks Law Group.

Craig La Rocca

Attorney Craig La Rocca – Of Counsel

F. Craig La Rocca is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations. Craig has a Masters in Taxation from NYU Law School. For thirty years Craig has specialized in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Federal, Estate, and Gift Tax Law, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Inheritance Tax Law and Federal and State Trust Tax Law. Craig has vast experience in Estate Administration, Wills, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Lead Trust, Charitable Remainder Trust, Dynasty Trust, Special Needs Trust, Life Insurance Trust, General Durable Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Family Agreements, Social Security Laws, and Veteran Benefit law. Craig has spoken extensively on these various areas of the law.

Currently Attorney La Rocca is assisting Banks Law Group with Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts, and similar areas of the law as of counsel.

Felix Velter

Attorney Felix Velter – Of Counsel

Felix Velter is one of the founding Members of Velter, Yurovsky & Zoftis, LLC. Mr. Velter received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Widener University School of Law. He has broad experience in handling matters involving Immigration, Foreclosure Defense, Bankruptcy, Collections Law (Debtor and Creditor matters), Ejectments and Civil Litigation.

Mr. Velter is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Velter was selected as Top 40 Under 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers for 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates and recognized as an Executive of the Year by Covington Who’s Who in 2013.

Associations:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)

Currently Attorney Velter is assisting Banks Law Group with Immigration and Bankruptcy matters.