Charles W. Stopp, Esquire, the Senior Partner of the law firm of Steckel and Stopp in Slatington, was recently honored with the AV Preeminent Rating.

The AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

Stopp is a practicing real estate, estate planning and estate attorney with more than thirty-five years of legal experience.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University and a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Steckel and Stopp has two Slatington offices, at Main Street and Walnut Street, and one each in Schnecksville and Northampton. The firm has been serving the needs of the Lehigh Valley area for more than 60 years.

Stopp serves on the Kutztown University Decision Makers Forum & Scholarship Ball committees and the Kutztown University Advisory Committee (Fine Arts) and is a Kutztown University Business and Industry Volunteer; is a member of the Boy Scout Troop 66 Committee, Slatington Masonic Lodge #440 Allen O. Delke Post, American Legion Service Officer, Heritage Center, Beauchant Commandary Knights Templar, Slatington Royal Arch Chapter 292, the former Vernon Kern VFW Post, James West Society (Boy Scouts), Scottish Rite Consistory (Valley of Allentown), and Goodwill Fire Company (Germansville).

He also is a member of Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society, Inc.; Weisenberg-Lowhill Historical Society, Inc.; Orchard View Swim Club; Lehigh County Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee; Lehigh County Bar Association Senior Lawyer Committee; Minsi Trails Boy Scouts Endowment Committee member; Boy Scouts of America Fluer-de-Lis Society (Charitable Giving Committee); Union Lutheran Church Charitable Giving Seminar Presenter; Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Pro Bono Counsel; Participant and Lecturer for Lehigh County Bar Association Mentoring Program to assist younger attorneys, Northern Valley District Boy Scouts Nominating Committee, and the Disciples Committee (endowment) Union Evangelical Lutheran Congregation.

He also is a lecturer on legal issues for Pa. State University continuing education seminars; lecturer, Pa. Society of Profession Land Surveyors.

And he has served as Director (former) Citizens National Bank of Slatington, Director (former) Citizens National Bank, a division of Harleysville National Bank, Advisory Committee (former) Harleysville National Bank, Vice-President (former) Citizens National Bank of Slatington.