Somerset Attorney Daniel Rullo Receives Mount Aloysius Walker Award

Posted on: May 9, 2014

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From left, Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley presents Somerset Attorney Daniel W. Rullo with the College's 2014 Walker Award.  The Walker Award is named in honor of Ray and Louise Walker whose generosity along with others made the Mount Aloysius College athletic fields a reality.

From left, Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley presents Somerset Attorney Daniel W. Rullo with the College’s 2014 Walker Award. The Walker Award is named in honor of Ray and Louise Walker whose generosity along with others made the Mount Aloysius College athletic fields a reality.

Cresson, Pa. – During the recent Mount Aloysius College Sports Awards Banquet, Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley cited many reasons why Board of Trustee Chairman Daniel W. Rullo, JD, was named the College’s 2014 Walker Award Winner.  President Foley cited Attorney Rullo’s 10 years of service to the Mount Aloysius College Board of Trustees and the list of accomplishments during his tenure as Board Chairman, (most especially, the 50 percent increase in floor space at the College) but stressed also the close relationship Mr. Rullo has established with the College on so many levels.

“We commend Dan Rullo’s support of sports and student-athletes here,” said President Foley.  “We appreciate that he makes the effort every season to see some games, we appreciate that he is on a first name basis with those with the most responsibility for athletics here.  But far more importantly, Dan is a real Mount Aloysius fan.” Addressing the assembled Mount Aloysius athletes he noted that, “Dan never gets bored when I recite not just your athletic accomplishments, but your GPAs and your community service experiences to him too,” he said.

During Attorney Rullo’s term as Board Chairman, the College completed: the Ray and Louise Walker Outdoor Athletic Complex which includes soccer, softball and baseball fields and made complete two years ago with the Mountie Stables; renovations to the historic Alumni Hall; and the completion of the 87,000 square foot Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center.

President Foley noted Chairman Dan Rullo’s athletic accomplishments.  He is in the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding football career and was widely recruited out of Conemaugh Township High School by many football programs across the country.  Rullo was a three-sport athlete who, today, maintains the modest reserve common among the very best of retired athletes.

“The Bottom line is that Dan Rullo loves the Mount Aloysius way,” explained President Foley, adding, “Because that was, and is, the Dan Rullo way also. Dan isn’t just in the sports Hall of Fame down at Pitt, he was an academic all-star too, graduating from Duquesne with his law degree and practicing as one of the top lawyers not just in Somerset or the region but in the entire state.”

Attorney Rullo is a partner in the law firm of Barbera, Clapper, Beener, Rullo & Melvin, LLP and has served with them since 1978.

The Walker Award is named in honor of Ray and Louise Walker whose generosity along with others made possible the Mount Aloysius College athletic fields.  The Walkers were truly the very first benefactors of athletics at the Mount.  Mr. Ray Walker celebrated his 102nd birthday this year.

Attorney Daniel W. Rullo is a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  He completed his law degree at Duquesne University in 1978.  He has served as Somerset County Solicitor for 22 years and represents the three largest employers in Somerset County plus a number of regional school districts, townships and authorities.  Attorney Rullo represented the Somerset County Coroner during the Flight 93 event and was appointed as Somerset County’s representative to the Flight 93 Task Force, and Nominating Chairman for the Federal Advisory Commission.

In addition to his service at Mount Aloysius College, Attorney Rullo has served as Parish Council President at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, the Somerset County Bar Association, the Somerset County Little League, the Somerset Exchange Club, the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Committee, Pitt Varsity Letterman Club, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Professionally, Attorney Rullo is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.  He is admitted to practice in before both Pennsylvania and Federal Courts.

In addition to being named to the University of Pittsburgh Letterman of Distinction, (Athletic Hall of Fame), he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2005.  This peer review distinction is reserved for the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He is the only Somerset County-based lawyer to receive PA Super Lawyer designation.  In 2003, he was named Solicitor of the Year by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.