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Philip Gelso - Kingston, PA

63 Pierce Street Kingston, PA 18704- 4632

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Updated: 09/07/2023

Kingston Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer


Philip Gelso, Esquire concentrates his practice in the area of criminal and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Scranton...

About Philip Gelso

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner

Practice Areas

  • Federal and State Criminal Defense 75%
  • Appeals 2%
  • General Corporate 9%
  • General Litigation 9%
  • Municipal and Zoning 5%


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Other Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (President (2015-2017))
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association
  • MDPA Federal Public Defender Reappointment Committee (Member (2009))
  • U.S. District Court For The Middle District Of Pennsylvania, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel (Former Member)
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals for The Third Circuit, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, 2006 - 2013 (Active Member)
  • PBA Federal Practice Committee (Member)
  • PBA Joint Task Force for the Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services, Member
  • 2014 MDPA Magistrate Judge Selection Committee (Member)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, 2016 - 2018 (Fellow)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Editor-in-Chief - For the Defense)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chairperson of Education Committee
  • PACDL Foundation for Justice (Board Member)
  • PACDL Foundation for Justice, Board Secretary
  • PACDL Foundation for Justice, Former Board Treasurer

Pro Bono Activities

  • Solicitor, Wyoming Valley Children's Association
  • Member, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Scholarship Committee
  • Pre-Cana Team, Diocese of Scranton


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1998
    Honors: Chairperson, Moot Court Board
    Honors: Received the Moot Court Board Distinguished Service Award
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1995
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: History/Political Science

Office Information


63 Pierce Street Kingston, PA 18704- 4632


  • 570-288-0243


Other Sources of Feedback About Philip Gelso

Included on the 2024 Pennsylvania list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Philip Gelso on Super Lawyers


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014-2023 Super Lawyers
  • 2023 Best Lawyers in America
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Avvo Rating 10
  • 2009 PACDL President's and Directors' Commendation
  • 2011 PACDL President's and Directors' Commendation
  • 2018 PACDL President's and Directors' Commendation
  • 2021 PACDL President's and Directors' Commendation
  • 2018 PACDL Charles P. Gelso President's Award

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