Jerry B. Chariton, Esq.
Chariton, Schwager & Malak, Wilkes-Barre

Mr. Chariton is the senior partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Chariton, Schwager & Malak. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, in which he chairs the Tax Issues Relevant to Trusts and Estates Subcommittee of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He maintains an active civil practice concentrating in estate planning and administration, taxation, real estate transactions, title insurance, general corporate and other business matters, and related litigation. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Chariton is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States. A past assistant Luzerne County district attorney, Mr. Chariton is a member of the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations. He is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Associationís Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and of its Probate and Trust Law Division. For many years, Mr. Chariton served as chair of the Estate Planning Committee in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Before this chairmanship, he served as chair of that sectionís Probate Procedures and Orphansí Court Practice Committee. Mr. Chariton is a past chair of the American Bar Association Tax Sectionís Small Firm Lawyers Committee. He currently serves as the chair of the Luzerne County Bar Associationís Orphansí Court Rules Committee and is a member of the Penn State Universityís Presidentís Planned Giving Advisory Council. Mr. Chariton is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, in which he is a member of the Charitable Planning Committee and subcommittee chair of the Tax Controversies in Litigation of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee. He has participated in numerous educational programs in the United States and abroad for the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and various nonprofit organizations. Mr. Chariton is one of the authors of PBI Pressís Estate Planning in Pennsylvania. He also has written for Experience, the American Bar Associationís publication of its Senior Lawyers Division.