20 East Broad Street, Historic Downtown Bethlehem, PA 18018
Serving the Greater Lehigh Valley and 
the Surrounding Areas 
for over 60 Years

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Hahalis & Kounoupis PC is a local legal firm that has been providing legal services for over 6 decades in the Greater Lehigh Valley and the surrounding areas.

You can rely on our knowledgeable attorneys for legal expertise in employment law, corporate law, civil litigation and real estate. Call us to learn more about our how we can meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Our Memberships and Affiliations

•  Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" as published in Philadelphia Magazine (representing the top 5% of lawyers in the State)
•  Million Dollar Advocates Forum (representing the top trial lawyers in the country)
•  National Chairman, National Employment Lawyer Association and Disability Rights Committee
•  National Co-Chairman, National Employment Lawyer Association, National Origin Discrimination Sub-Committee
•  ABA, Employment Rights and Responsibilities, Statutory Rights Committee and Sub-Committee co-chairman
•  National Employment Lawyer Association and Sexual Harassment Advisory Panel member
•  Co-chairman, Northampton County Bar and Employment Law Committee.
•  Pennsylvania Bar Association and Employment Law Committee Members
•  Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit
•  Trial Lawyers College (Gerry Spence), Certificates of Attendance, 2003, 2004
•  American Law Journal TV Panelist on Employment Law, 2002
•  Association of Trial Lawyers of America
•  Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
•  National Employment Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter
•  Top Lawyers in America
•  Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
•  Society of Human Resource Professionals members
•  Fellows, Litigation Counsel of America, American Bar Foundation and the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
•  Employee Discipline and Discharge. Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012, PBA, CLE
•  Select Lawyer in Lehigh Valley Style Magazine
•  International Whos Who of Management, Labor, and Employment Lawyers
•  Former National Chairs, National Employment Lawyers Association, Disability Law Committee; Former National Co-Chairs • •  NELA National-Origin Discrimination Law Committee
•  Identified in Network Magazine as a "Powerhouse" law firm; and by American Law Journal.
George S. Kounoupis, Esq.
George Kounoupis with Gerry Spence,
the US Top Trial Lawyer.
 George Kounoupis  has a certification from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer College (as seen on TV).

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 George Kounoupis on
The American Law Journal

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George S. Kounoupis, Esq.

Mr. Kounoupis graduated from Lehigh University (BA 1984) and the Temple University School of Law (JD, 1987 and top 12% in the class). He is also on the dean’s list. He participated in the Jessup Moot Court competition.

He is associated with the Who's Who Among Practicing Attorneys. He is also mentioned in Top Lawyers in America, Outstanding Young Men of America, 1987 and Who's Who in Business and Insurance Counsel.

He is also a contributing author of the Temple Law Review "A Summary of Pennsylvania Law of Legal Malpractice".

He is associated with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He represents in the following courts:
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Federal Court of for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Court for the District of New Jersey
  • The United States Court of International Trade
  • The United States Supreme Court
He has worked as a corporate and defense attorney for Fox, Rothschild and O'Brien & Frankel. He is a section author of the BNA and the International Labor Law Treatise. He is also a part of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

He is the co-chair of the National Origin Discrimination Committee, the American Bar Association, the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Sub-Committee.

Mr. Kounoupis is also co-chair of the Northampton County Bar Association Employment Law Committee.

Mr. Kounoupis is a founding member of the Bar Association for the Third Federal Circuit. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals.

Mr. Kounoupis is also a member of the EEOC's Attorney Referral List and regularly receives EEOC referral of cases.

He is one of the recognized premier employment lawyers in Pennsylvania. He has been selected as a super lawyer by his peers as published in Philadelphia Magazine, recognizing him as one of the top 5% of lawyers in the State.

Mr. Kounoupis has also been selected as a member of the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum" (membership is limited to the top and elite trial attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional advocacy skills).

Mr. Kounoupis is a Section author in the Bureau of National Affairs', International Labor Law Treatise.

Mr. Kounoupis has acted as counsel and advisor to numerous multi-national corporations and businesses and has been general counsel to public and international companies.

He was general counsel for a large, public, internet company (NASDAQ) and had widely published lawsuits on internet, high-tech and software issues.

He is a member of several national and international legal committees and organizations and is also a frequent lecturer and author on employment and business matters.

Mr. Kounoupis has also been licensed as an attorney in Athens, Greece and therefore holds dual qualifications.

Mr. Kounoupis has successfully litigated over 1,000 employment law cases and has also been sought out as counsel to numerous municipalities, banks, multinational corporations and public companies.

Mr. Kounoupis sits on numerous regional and national advisory counsels and committees. He works with various executives and CEOs of large companies as well as Deans and Presidents of Universities, prominent political and church figures.

He has been quoted and referenced in numerous newspapers, magazines and periodicals including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, C-Span, Court TV, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Morning Call, and The Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer.

He regularly appears as an employment law expert on TV's American Law Journal - a syndicated television program on the law.

Mr. Kounoupis also holds dual certificates from the Trial Lawyers College founded by pre-eminent trial attorney Gerry Spence, dedicated to training the best trial lawyers in the country.

In 2008, Mr. Kounoupis was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than half of one percent of American Lawyers.

Mr. Kounoupis also serves as an honorary member of the Litigation Counsel of America's International Law Committee.

Nancy S. Skalangya, Esq.

Ms. Skalangya graduated from the Rutgers University, New Brunswick (BA) and the Temple University School of Law (JD 1988). She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District; Federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

She was a law clerk to Judge Vincent Cirillo of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She was the former Director of Employee Studies, Harris Organization, NY.

She is a part of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Sexual Harassment Advisory Panel and the ABA, the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She is also the co-chair of the Legislative Rights.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Skalangya worked with one of the largest law firms in the Philadelphia area. She is also a board member of the Hanover Elementary School PTA.

Ms. Skalangya has over 19 years of experience in employment law cases and in litigating such cases in the state and the federal courts.

Ms. Skalangya is widely recognized as an aggressive and tireless advocate for women's rights, the rights of mothers and gender equality in the workplace.
David L. Deratzian, Esq.

David L. Deratzian, Esq.

Mr. Deratzian is a graduate cum laude of Potsdam College (BA 1984) and the Temple University School of Law (JD 1987 and top 5% of class).

He became a part of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association in 1987.

He can represent you in the following courts:
  • Federal Court of for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Federal Court of for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Court for the District of New Jersey
He is a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in Employment Law. He is associated with the United States Supreme Court. He is the chairman of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Disability Rights (ADA) Committee.

He has written numerous publications including for presentations and seminars at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Steven D. Cahn, Esq.

Steven D. Cahn, Esq.

Mr. Cahn is a graduate of Rutgers College and the Delaware Law School of Widener University. He is "of counsel" to the firm. Mr. Cahn served as a captain and judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Cahn has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial attorney.

He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an elite group of lawyers that has been recognized for their zealous and effective representations.

Mr. Cahn has the distinction of having been awarded one of the highest jury verdicts ever in New Jersey, a $15 million judgment after taking on the Ford Motor Company.

While serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Cahn gained valuable trial experience representing both the prosecution and the defense, as well as serving as a staff judge advocate.

During his time in the Marine Corps, he tried many noteworthy cases including United States v. Clyde.

It was a case that involved the death of a young marine in training which received tremendous national press coverage. It was the first sexual harassment case prosecuted by the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps awarded Mr. Cahn the Navy Achievement Medal for his work as a trial counsel at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He presently serves as the attorney for the Middlesex County Planning Board and has represented the Piscataway Township Board of Education.

He also represented the Franklin Township Housing Authority. Mr. Cahn also participates in the Police Officer's Defense Protection Plan and has been selected to defend police civil rights cases.

Mr. Cahn primarily practices civil litigation and has spent more than 20 years developing his expertise in employment law and personal injury.

Mr. Cahn admitted to practice law in New Jersey and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Military Justice and the United States Supreme Court.

He serves as a court-appointed arbitrator for the New Jersey Superior Court and has lectured extensively and been published in the areas of trial advocacy, employment law, personal injury and technology in the courtroom.

Congratulations to George S. Kounoupis on being again selected as one of only 20 Pennsylvania lawyers to be named plaintiffs Employment Litigation Super Lawyers. This is the third year in a row he has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine's Annual List of Top Attorneys.

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