Jorge M. Pereira, pronounced George, was born in Portugal and raised in Bethlehem after immigrating with his family to the Lehigh Valley at the age of 2.
Jorge attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick graduating with B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. After graduating with honors from Rutgers University, Jorge attended Rutgers-Newark Law School. While at Rutgers-Newark Law School, Jorge was part of Appellate Moot Court, Urban Legal Clinic and the Animal Rights Clinic.
Upon graduating Rutgers-Newark Law School Law, Jorge initially practiced at a small boutique law firm in Newark, New Jersey but always maintained a desire to return to his home in the Lehigh Valley. Jorge has spent the last eighteen years working in civil litigation and personal injury law firms in the Lehigh Valley. For the last sixteen years, Jorge has worked at an Allentown law firm, The Law of Business, P.C. f/k/a Douglas M. Marinos & Associates, P.C. concentrating on business divorce, corporate law, creditor’s rights and general civil litigation.
Jorge is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars and admitted to practice in the United States District Court of Pennsylvania for the Eastern District and the United States District Court of New Jersey. Jorge has litigated cases throughout the Courts of Common Pleas of Eastern Pennsylvania from Susquehanna County to Philadelphia County. He has represented both debtors and creditors in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania. As counsel for Sovereign Bank, Jorge wrote the appellate brief in the precedent setting decision in the matter of Sovereign Bank v. Schwab, 414 F.3d 450 (3rd Cir. 2005).
Jorge is an avid cigar smoker and is a founding member, board member and former officer of the Lehigh Valley Cigar Club, a non-profit social club with over 200 members dedicated to protecting and promoting the enjoyment of cigar smoking in the Lehigh Valley. Jorge played Rugby for ten years on the men’s team of the Lehigh Valley Rugby Football Club, becoming a captain of the men’s team, and President of the club. Jorge and his wife own a commercial building in the historical district of Main Street, Bethlehem where they reside with their infant daughter and own and operate a hair salon, Hair Studio Main.