Representative Hal English brings a wide and varied legal, business and military background to his first term in the House of Representatives.
Hal has been practicing law since 1987 with license to practice in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. He practiced criminal law while serving on active duty in the Marine Corps through 1991. He also gained civil trial experience while working with a Pittsburgh litigation firm from 1991 through 1995. In addition to trial litigation, he handled the firm’s estate and probate matters. He also established his own law firm, H.A. English & Associates, P.C. in 1998, which now has offices in Hampton and Ross townships, concentrating in the practice of elder law.
Hal enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981, and was commissioned an officer in 1984. After 30 years of service, he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has served as a judge advocate, a prosecutor, a defense counsel, an appellate review officer and a legal assistance attorney. He served as commanding officer of a Marine Corps truck company with more than 200 Marines under his command at unit locations in Erie, Connellsville and Ebensburg. He also served as site commander and judge advocate of the Johnstown Aviation Unit while activated in 2003 to 2005.
Hal has been appointed by Judges of the Orphans’ Court Division as counsel for incapacitated persons and administrator of estates and guardian of incapacitated persons. As an accredited Veterans Administration attorney, he assists as power of attorney and legal custodian for numerous veterans.
Hal is very active in his community and continues to practice in areas of law that he has successfully dealt with in the past and situations that develop in one’s personal life, work, or in school. He is a 21-year resident homeowner in Shaler and Hampton townships. He served as past president of the Hampton Rotary Club and past chairperson of the Sole and Small Firm section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Among his professional awards, he was named Pine Creek Journal 2007 – Citizen of the Year and is the recipient of the William R. Baierl Award for Business Man of the Year from the Northern Allegheny Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
He has been married for 26 years to the former Sue Killinger of Shaler Township, and they have two sons, Garrett and Jayson.
The 30th Legislative district consists of part of Allegheny County consisting of the townships of Hampton, O'Hara (PART, Wards 02, 03 and 04 [part,Division 01]), Richland and Shaler (part, Wards 02,03, 04, 05, 06 and 07) and the Borough of Fox Chapel.
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