S. Lee Merritt, Esq.

S. Lee Merritt is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lee directly using the contact details listed above.

Lee is emerging as a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years. In 2017 Merritt was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 by‌ The Root. The National Black Caucasus of State Legislators awarded Merritt the prestigious “Nation Builder” award, adding him to an elite list of recipients including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm and Vernon Jordan.

Mr. Merritt is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, federally in Eastern District of Pennsylvania and US District Court of the Northern District of Texas. Merritt is a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended law school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s James Beasley School of Law. He began his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before going into private practice.

In 2018 Mr. Merritt joined McEldrew Young Purtell as of counsel due a strategic commitment to the pursuit of justice. By joining together our team strives to provide the necessary legal expertise wherever and whenever we are needed.

David W. Crossett, Esq.

David W. Crossett has piloted multi-million dollar business disputes, briefed cases before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and fiercely defended clients’ First Amendment rights. Mr. Crossett’s competitive litigation mindset provides Cornerstone Law’s clients with strategic solutions to their problems.

Well-rounded in his academic interests, Mr. Crossett finished 3rd in his class at Regent University School of Law where he was also an editor of the Regent Law Review. Before that, his studies included attendance at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Whether serving as a counsellor at a residential drug treatment centre in New Hampshire, teaching at a high school for at-risk youth in Chicago, or working as executive director of an environmental recycling program in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Crossett’s passion for civic engagement and community development has always been present in his work. Mr. Crossett is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Today, Mr. Crossett serves as Chairman of the Elder Board at Fleetwood Bible Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He is also a devoted husband and father of four.

Firm Overview:

Cornerstone Law Firm, LLC is a Berks County law firm providing a broad range of legal services. Our attorneys are deeply knowledgeable and client-focused. Preparing wills and drafting contracts, offering vigorous criminal defence, initiating and defending civil lawsuits—each of these is part of a broad practice that allows this firm to serve Berks County’s legal needs.

We’re here to help you with your legal needs.

With Cornerstone’s ability to provide licensed representation in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, clients coming to this firm can rest assured that they’re receiving comprehensive advice in a setting where a scholarly pursuit of new developments in the law is mixed with a respect for the traditions of the legal profession.

Kenneth S. Komoroski

With more than 25 years of experience practicing environmental, oil and gas and energy law, and a previous career as an environmental engineer and manager, Kenneth S. Komoroski has advised and represented manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of products and services, including steel, specialty steel, wood treating, petroleum products, coke and coal tar, organic and inorganic chemicals, electric power, powdered metals, magnetic products, coatings, metal products, aluminum and oil and gas. Ken counsels these businesses on environmental compliance, permitting, land use and zoning, air issues, water usage, wastewater treatment, hazardous and solid waste issues and related litigation.

Having represented the oil and gas industry since 1990 and the shale gas industry since 2004, he has also played a significant role in the growth of the Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian shale industry. Ken has read and applied in practice the myriad federal and state laws and regulations that can impact businesses, including the RCRA, CWA, CAA, TSCA and CERCLA statutes and regulations.

Ken represents businesses before environmental hearing boards (he has personally handled more than 50 such appeals) and negotiates compliance concerns with state and federal environmental agencies, sometimes with regional staff and often with the highest level positions. He also assesses and helps resolve environmental issues for buyers and sellers of industrial properties, including application and broad use of voluntary cleanup programs that provide liability relief. In handling permitting and compliance matters for his clients, Ken has worked with regulators in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters and every EPA Region. He has worked with state agencies in 38 states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wyoming, New Mexico and Florida.

Ken is active in organizations that include the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003, he served as chairman of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), an organization that sets the water quality standards for the Ohio River. He also previously served as ORSANCO’s chair of its Pollution Control Standards committee. Ken brings on-the-ground industry experience to his practice, previously supervising air, water and waste programs at a major chemical company and also working as a production foreman at a large chemical plant where he gained invaluable, hands-on experience.

In addition he worked as a compliance specialist at a large chemical plant where he handled air, water, and waste issues, interacting directly with plant staff and federal and state regulators. Ken works hard to understand his clients and their products, operations and services.  He applies this understanding to achieve positive business results for every client.