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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Gerard M. Karam, U.S. Attorney 


USA Gerard M. Karam

Gerard M. Karam was a partner in the Scranton law firm of Mazzoni, Karam, Petorak and Valvano for 27 years, and served as the managing partner for 20 years. His practice focused on complex civil and criminal litigation.  His experience includes corporate and individual representation on cases involving civil rights violations, corporate compliance laws, homicide, public corruption, tax evasion, drug offenses, fraud offenses, firearms offenses and personal injury claims.

From 1990-1993, Mr. Karam was an Assistant Public Defender in the County of Lackawanna.  In 1994, he was promoted to Chief Public Defender, a position he held for 10 years.  From 2010-2022, Mr. Karam served as General Counsel to the Housing Authority of Lackawanna County, a Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Agency.

Mr. Karam is a former President of the Lackawanna Bar Association and was a long time Director on the Boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s University in 1984 and received his law degree in 1987 from Loyola University School of Law.  He resides in Dickson City, Pennsylvania.


Updated February 14, 2023