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PARNELL v. SALTSBURG JOINT SCHOOL BOARD. (03/24/60)

March 24, 1960

PARNELL, APPELLANT,
v.
SALTSBURG JOINT SCHOOL BOARD.



Appeal, No. 126, April T., 1959, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County, Dec. T., 1955, No. 2, in case of G. S. Parnell, Sr. v. Saltsburg Joint School Authority et al. Order reversed; reargument refused May 14, 1960.

COUNSEL

Gilbert S. Parnell, with him W. Thomas Malcolm, and Handler and Malcolm, for appellant.

Joseph W. Serene, with him Peelor, Serene & Fee, for appellees.

Before Hirt, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ. (rhodes, P.j., absent).

Author: Watkins

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 95]

OPINION BY WATKINS, J.

This is an appeal from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County granting the defendants a new trial in an assumpsit action by the plaintiff lawyer for legal services, after a verdict in his favor of $3500.

G. S. Parnell, Sr., Esq., the plaintiff appellant, was retained by the Saltsburg Joint School Board on December 8, 1952, to do all the necessary legal work to create a Joint School Authority and arrange for the construction of school buildings and the financing of the same. During the following year and several months the appellant went forward with the work. He arranged

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 96]

    for the purchase of several pieces of ground; searched the necessary titles; brought an action to quiet title; created a School Authority; arranged financing of the construction; attended the necessary board meetings; made trips to Harrisburg and other points in connection with his representation; and did all the work just short of the completion of his task, when on February 16, 1954, he was discharged.

On December 28, 1953, plaintiff wrote defendants the following letter:

"Saltsburg Joint School System, Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pa. ...


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