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Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal - 20 Under 40
By Ralph Nardone

December 2006


The personal and professional goals of Attorney Jeffrey J. Malak, 32, are to provide clients with the highest quality of legal services while being an upstanding and contributing member of the northeast Pennsylvania community. Malak is a partner in the Law Offices of Chariton and Schwager at 138 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre

Chariton and Schwager is a "full-service boutique law firm," Malak says. It specializes in legal services for businesses, associations, nonprofits, boards, and high wealth individuals.

As a partner, Malak advises clients on various legal issues, provides them with assistance in contract and corporate matters, assists in drafting policies, and represents them in drafting policies, and represents them in state and federal courts.

His entry into the legal profession was initially shaped by brother, P.J. who is the assistant general counsel for Mitsubishi Caterpillar in Houston, Texas.

Jerry B. Chariton, managing partner of his firm has been his professional mentor since graduation from law school. He earned dual graduate degrees from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University -- a juris doctor and a master's degree in public administration and management.

When he graduated, he was approached by his two partners after they read an article about him in a local newspaper. They contacted him about an available position and he found it to be a "natural fit." He was made a partner in January of this year.

He outlines his biggest challenges as being the need to address a "wide variety" of legal topics that come across his desk. Staying up-to-date on all aspects of changing laws is another challenge, he added. Business and tax laws change frequently, he said.

Spending time with his clients is the most favorite aspect of his job. "The most rewarding is assisting people and, businesses, municipalities and nonprofits, in solving both complex and day-to-day problems," he said. He works with Jackson Township as its solicitor with legal issues. He likes to work for organizations that show a commitment to the "public good." That gives him all the necessary motivation to do whatever it takes to resolve their legal issues.

He resides in Jackson Township with his wife, Cheryl Cybulski-Malak. He balances his professional and personal life by enjoying quiet time on his blueberry farm and by attending PSU athletic events.


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