Gregory D. Malaska, Esq, an attorney with Young & Haros, LLC, Stroudsburg, was recently named by Philadelphia Magazine as a "Rising Star" in its May 26, 2010 Super Lawyers issue.
The Rising Stars program is affiliated with the larger program known as Super Lawyers, a multi-state effort to recognize attorneys from all practice areas. In order to qualify for consideration as a Rising Star, the candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. The Rising Star program requires a formal nomination by either an attorney or a client. A research department then evaluates each candidate based on the following 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and or other professional activity, pro bono and community service as a lawyer, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background, and other outstanding achievements. Candidates are then grouped into categories based on firm size. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named as Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Attorney Malaska was recognized for his representation of homeowner and condominium associations in the four-county Pocono Region, the Lehigh Valley, and western and southern Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Malaska has handled a diverse series of matters including developer-association transitions, covenant enforcement litigation, management/fiduciary duty issues, document interpretation and amendments, strategic planning, employment relations, and collections. Malaska is also an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the trade association for homeowner associations nationwide. His efforts on behalf of CAI include serving as Vice Chair of the Legislative Action Committee for the Pennsylvania/ Delaware Valley Chapter and as past chair of the Pocono Mountains Regional Council. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Monroe County and United States Middle District bars.
Malaska earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in May 2000 and was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in October 2000. Malaska received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the George Washington University in 1994. Malaska is the son of Anthony and Marcy Malaska of Coaldale and is a 1990 graduate of Panther Valley High School. Malaska currently resides in Jim Thorpe with his wife, Mary Kay (Carroll) and their two daughters, Maura and Hailey.