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H. Amos Goodall Jr.
State College, Pennsylvania
Partner
phone 814-237-4100
fax 814-237-1497


Amos Goodall's practice emphasizes Elder law and business organization, litigation and planning as well as real estate litigation.

A 1974 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, he has practiced and been involved in the Centre County community since 1976. During that time, he has worked in a variety of matters from capital murder defense cases to class action prosecutions. His current clients include municipalities, banks and credit unions, large landlords, a retirement community, several homeowners associations, a number of businesses and many individuals. He is also solicitor to the Fraternal Order of Police Organization which includes central Pennsylvania police personnel.


Mr. Goodall is a certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He advises persons and families with estate planning concerns, competency issues and estate administrations. For a number of years, he was solicitor to the Register of Wills. He was awarded an Estate Practice certificate by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mr. Goodall was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel by the College's Board of Regents. He is the only Centre County lawyer to be so honored.

Mr. Goodall's practice has included a number of cases of first impression, including, in 1978, the first proceeding under Pennsylvania's then-homicide by vehicle law, in 1992, the first proceeding under Pennsylvania's current guardianship law, and in 1999, the first proceeding before the Pennsylvania Charter School Appeal Board. He is frequently in Court on estate, probate and competency matters. Mr. Goodall has clerked for a number of judges including a New York City Criminal Court Judge (now NY Supreme Court Justice), a Federal Magistrate (now U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y.) and the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Goodall studied at the American College in Paris, University of South Carolina and is a 1970 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.

Mr. Goodall has extensive involvement in community affairs. He has been solicitor to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau since 1977 and to the Centre County United Way since 1988. His community service awards include (1991) Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, (1992) Centre County Youth Service Bureau R. Paul Campbell Award, (1996) IOLTA Board Recognition Award, (2000) Clearwater Conservancy Award for Thompson Wood Project. With his children, he has been involved in serval international projects.

A frequent lecturer on ethics and Elder Law topics, Mr. Goodall was a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry and Review Board and is a Hearing Committee member for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

Areas of Practice:
Elder Law
Business Organization
Litigation And Planning
Real Estate Litigation
Certification/Specialties:
Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation


Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel


Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1974
New York, 1975
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
Education:
Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 1974
J.D.


Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1970
B.A.


American College, Paris, France, 1967


Representative Clients:
Penn State Federal Credit Union
Good Hope Farms Homeowners Association
Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation
Upper Halfmoon Water Company
Halfmoon Township
References:
Nittany Bank
Penn State Federal Credit Union
Upper Halfmoon Water Company
Lawyers Title Insurance
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer, Ethics and Elder Law


Honors and Awards:
Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, 1991


Centre County youth Service Bureau R. Paul Campbell Award, 1992


IOLTA Board Recognition Award, 1996


Clearwater Conservancy Award for Thompson Wood Project, 2000


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Centre County Youth Service Bureau, 1977 - Present
Solicitor


Centre County United Way
Solicitor


Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry and Review Board, 1977 - Present
Member, Hearing Committee


Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, 1988 - Present
Member


Past Employment Positions:
Hon. Frederic S. Berman, N.Y. City Criminal Court, Judicial Law Clerk


Hon. Gerard L. Goettel, U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, Judicial Law Clerk


Hon. Michael H. Sherican, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, Judicial Law Clerk


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