Timothy P. Polishan


Civil and Criminal Litigation

Timothy P. Polishan, a founding partner of the Northeastern Pennsylvania law firm, Kelley, Polishan & Solfanelli, LLC, is AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbel in Litigation, Commercial Law and Criminal Law.

The AV Preeminent® Rating is Martindale-Hubbel’s highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, reflecting  confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.

Mr. Polishan is an Experienced Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL), and, an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Since 1995 he has litigated a wide range of civil and criminal matters, in hundreds of individual and corporate representations, for plaintiffs and defendants, in trials and hearings, appeals, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, grand jury proceedings, mediations, and settlement negotiations. He has tried cases to verdict, including federal, state, civil, criminal, jury and non-jury trials.

Practice focuses include:

– Complex Commercial and Fraud Litigation.

– White Collar and Federal Criminal Litigation.

– Employment and Consumer Litigation (including class actions).


Federal Criminal Experience

Confidential, complex work seeking declination of prosecution before and after filing of charges.

Grand jury, plea agreement, sentencing, appeal, and post-conviction representation.

Federal criminal jury and non jury trials.


Tim’s Firm

Kelley, Polishan & Solfanelli, LLC, serves the business litigation and transactional needs of local, national and international clients.

Commercial practice areas include: bankruptcy litigation; casualty; commercial Constitutional claims (including but not limited to Due Process and First Amendment); computer fraud; construction law; contract; employment; First Amendment; fraud; fraudulent transfer litigation; government investigations and disputes; insurance; intellectual property; Lanham Act; non-compete; real estate and zoning; regulatory (state and federal); tortious interference with contract; business torts; unfair business practices; tax litigation and appeals; and, white collar defense and victim representation.


Representative Firm Clients, Industries and Matters



Commercial competition and Lanham Act litigation

Commercial development (commercial landlord-tenant, construction, and real estate litigation)

Commercial injunctions in state and federal court (competition, complex, computer fraud and abuse)

Commercial real estate tax appeals (complex, high value, non-profit)

Computer fraud and abuse

Consumer Litigation (including class actions)

Debtor-creditor litigation (commercial, consumer, fair credit reporting, FDCPA, foreclosure, lending, UCC)

Distribution business, internet-based, national and international

Employment litigation (including employer defense jury verdicts won in federal court)

Health care facilities (with thousands of employees)

High tech manufacturing industries

Intellectual property business litigation

Manufacturers (various)

Non-profit manufacturing resource center

Physician groups



Pro Bono Publico Awards

AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbel in Litigation, Commercial Law and Criminal Law



J.D. University of Pittsburgh

B.A. University of Scranton – Honors Program Graduate – Three B.A. Degrees, in English, History and Philosophy, from a Northeastern Pennsylvania Jesuit university.


Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit

U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York – pro hac vice

U.S. District Court – New Jersey – pro hac vice

Federal regulatory entities (various)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Pennsylvania Common Pleas Courts  (throughout Pennsylvania, especially Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties)

Magisterial District Justices (throughout Pennsylvania, especially Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties)

Pennsylvania state and local regulatory entities (various)

Tim Polishan

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According to Martindale-Hubbell, lawyers who receive the AV Preeminent® status have been awarded the highest ratings for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers. Fewer than 8% of attorneys benefit from this advantage.