William E. Vinsko, Jr. Esquire

Current Legal Positions

  • Managing Principal of Vinsko & Associates, P.C. (2003-Present)
  • Solicitor – Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania (2004-Present)
  • Solicitor – Wilkes-Barre City Paid Fireman’s Pension Board (2016-Present)
  • Solicitor – Wilkes-Barre City Relief Fireman’s Pension Board (2016-Present)

Past Legal Positions

• Assistant City Attorney – City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (2002-2016)
• Solicitor – Ashley Borough, Pennsylvania (2011-2020)
• Solicitor – Democratic Party, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (2008-2015)
• Assistant Legal Counsel – 6th Legislative District, Democratic Party of Luzerne County (2006-2018)
• President – Riverfront Abstract Company (2008-2017)

Biography

William E. Vinsko, Jr., Esquire is the Managing Principal and Founder of Vinsko & Associates, P.C. handling cases and clients throughout Pennsylvania in both state and federal court.  With extensive real estate, government/municipal law, estate probate and estate litigation and in business/corporate law, Attorney Vinsko has handled numerous complex legal matters in these practice areas with significant decisions in the Commonwealth Court, Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  He has served as an advisor and special counsel to various municipalities and businesses throughout the Commonwealth, and, 2002, was appointed as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Wilkes-Barre, becoming the youngest attorney to hold the position in the City’s history.  Attorney Vinsko’s experience in his areas of practice extends beyond his knowledge of the law, as he routinely handles litigation in these areas which are traditionally considered “transactional” areas of law. In 2008, he was named CEO and President of the Board of Directors of VPharm, Inc. an intuitional wholesale pharmacy with locations in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Wilmington, DE.

As an extension of his government and municipal law practice, Attorney Vinsko has handled numerous high-profile election law matters in the areas of campaign finance reporting and ballot removal defenses.  Specifically, his case, In Re Carroll, which he tried before the Commonwealth Court, became one of the leading cases in election law finance reporting, being ultimately decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  (See In Re Carroll, 586 Pa 624, 896 A.2d 566, May 2, 2006).  Additionally, Attorney Vinsko has become quite experienced in municipal matters regarding wind farms and windmill placement in Pennsylvania.  One of the leading cases regarding this arose during his current tenure as Solicitor to Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania, which was appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  His unique level of experience in this area of law led to his being appointed as special counsel to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth which are dealing with windmill issues and ordinances.  

Similarly, Attorney Vinsko has become one of the leading trial attorneys for tax sale law in Pennsylvania.  If you are facing a tax sale, sheriff sale or a foreclosure of any kind, look no further for guidance.  Also, if you or your company are interested in buying at tax sales, Vinsko & Associates, P.C. is your one-stop shop for title searches, title reviews, title insurance, quiet title matters and associated legal matters.

In 2012, Bill Vinsko ran for the United States House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  In November, 2011, USA Today named Attorney Vinsko one of the formidable contenders in the 2012 Congressional Election Cycle.  However, on December 12, 2011, the Pennsylvania Senate moved the boundary lines of the 11th Congressional District across the street from Vinsko’s home, moving him into the 17th Congressional District.  This questionable move was the focus of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal in April, 2012. Though the move caused him to be unsuccessful in the Democratic Primary, Attorney Vinsko still maintains a keen interest in government and politics.

Over the years, his practice has grown, but has become simultaneously specialized with a breadth of experience in certain areas.  Attorney Vinsko personally handles cases in the following areas of law:

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law and Litigation
  • Tax Sale Law and Litigation
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate (Buyers / Sellers)
  • Real Estate Developments
  • Foreclosure Avoidance / Sheriff Sale Matters
  • Construction Law/Litigation and Financing 
  • Real Estate Agreements, Leases, Mortgages, etc.
  • Title Insurance / Title Matters
  • Zoning and Subdivision Law (Land Use)
  • Windmill / Wind Energy Representation and Litigation
  • Landlord / Tenant Law
  • Business Law / Corporations (Formation and General Representation)
  • Business & Commercial Financing
  • Business Organizations
  • Shareholder Representation / Litigation
  • General Employment Matters
  • Insurance Defense Matters
  • Election Law
  • Campaign Finance Reports and Representation
  • Corporate Contracts
  • Corporate Collections
  • Municipal Law and Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Agencies & Programs
  • Eminent Domain
  • State and Local Government Representation
  • Divorce and Child Custody
  • Personal and Corporate Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate Probate and Administration
  • Estate Challenges and Litigations
  • Personal Injury / Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 
  • Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Masters in Public Administration)
  • Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Honors and Awards

  • Named Co-Chair of Real Estate Section of Luzerne County Law & Library Association – 2021
  • Lawyers of Distinction – Top Lawyers in Civil Litigation – 2020
  • Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10 Lawyers in Family Law – 2019
  • Super Lawyer (Pennsylvania) 2019
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2016
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2015
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2014
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2013
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2012
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2011
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2010
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2008
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star (recognized: Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazines), 2007
  • Times Leader Top 40 under 40 – 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • VPharm, Inc. (Keystone Pharmacy), CEO/Board President, 2008 – Present
  • St. Nicholas Parish Newspaper: the Messenger, Staff Writer, 1989 – 2011
  • Celebrate Wilkes-Barre, Inc. (non-profit), Co-Founder/Board Member/General Counsel
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, Member
  • Stewart Title Insurance Company, Approved Attorney / Title Insurance Agent

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer legal counsel to Building Bridges NEPA, Inc. 2012-2014
  • Volunteer legal counsel to Rainbow Alliance/GayNEPA 2011-2016
  • R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental) Program Volunteer/Facilitator, 1992 – 1997
  • Luzerne County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Volunteer, 1990 – 1997
  • Represented American Legion Baseball
  • Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Board Member
  • Past United Way of Wyoming Valley Board Member