Media & Communication Department



Malcom GrossMalcolm J. Gross

PT Lecturer, Media & Communication
Media and Publishing Law
Walson Hall

B.A., Muhlenberg College
J.D., Villanova University

Malcolm J. Gross was born in Allentown, PA. He graduated from Muhlenberg College, cum laude in 1962, with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. He earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in Philadelphia in 1965 and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar that year. While at Villanova, he was the editor of the Law Review.

Mr. Gross also is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Gross clerked for Chief Justice Michael J. Eagen of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1965. He was assistant public defender for Lehigh County from 1969 to 1972 and solicitor to the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth from 1973 to 1987. Mr. Gross also has lectured in law at Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University.

He has written on a wide range of topics, and his articles have appeared in such national publications as Social Work, Case & Comment, and Communications and the Law. He also has published work in the Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Law Journal Reporter. Some of his articles cover press law including defamation, subpoenas, and freedom of information issues. He also writes about general-interest issues such as custody and domestic relations.

Mr. Gross is a founder of numerous local non-profits. He has served-or currently is serving-in various capacities for several community organizations:

  • Member of the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • President of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra Association
  • Secretary to the Lehigh Valley Business Partnership Conference on Health Care
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • President of the Lehigh County Historical Society
  • Vice Chair of the Allentown Parking Authority
  • Trustee of the Trexler Trust

He presently is a member of the Mediation Panel for Lehigh County Court and a member of the Donald E. Wieand Lehigh County Inn of Court. His areas of practice include civil litigation, corporate law, matrimonial law, and media law, in addition to a general practice.

In 2004, Mr. Gross was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, reserved for the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys, and holds an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Practice Areas: Administrative Law,Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Media and Publishing Law, Family Law, Personal Legal Services, Corporate Law, Litigation, Utility Law, Zoning and Land Development