Timothy G. Dietrich


  • The Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
  • Muhlenberg College, A.B., cum laude


  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U. S. Supreme Court


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2005)
  • United Way of Berks County; 2004 Doran Award, 1999 June A. Roedel Legacy of Commitment Award


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • American, Pennsylvania and Berks Bar Associations


  • "Bankruptcy Update", Barley Snyder LendiCon Seminar (March 2015)
  • "Consumer Preferences and Federal Responses - The Impact of Upcoming FDA and USDA Regulations on Food and Agribusiness", FEI Central Pennsylvania Chapter (May 2015)
  • "Protecting Yourself from the CFPB", Barley Snyder LendiCon Seminar (November 2013)

Community Involvement

  • The Highlands at Wyomissing (part of Reading Health System); director
  • Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Reading Health System; community member
  • Greater Reading Economic Partnership; director
  • Alvernia University, Reading, PA; trustee
  • Reading Civic Opera Society, Inc. (Reading Civic Theatre); legal counsel
  • Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry; legal counsel
  • Berks County Chamber Foundation; legal counsel
  • United Way of Berks County; community cabinet member, former board member and allocations process leadership

Other Professional Experience

  • Clerk of Court, Estate Administrator, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (1982-1984)

Timothy G. Dietrich

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Tim Dietrich provides strategic advice for businesses, financial institutions and governments in a number of areas, including organization and governance and the structuring, negotiation, and closing of corporate and commercial financial transactions. Tim continues to advise financial institutions and businesses in situations involving financial distress and to provide a wide array of advice to governments, including utilities matters.

Tim leads Barley’s Food and Agribusiness Industry practice.  During the years 2008 through 2013, Tim served as Barley Snyder’s managing partner and initiated Barley’s process improvement program called Practice Excellence®.  This firm-wide program focuses on quality, knowledge and service.  The program also emphasizes efficiency and standardization by applying lean principles to our practice.  The program began in 2008 and is being led by Practice Excellence® “Champions” of each of our practice groups.

Business Law

Tim's practice involves general corporate counseling and representation in acquisitions and other transactions for both privately and publicly held businesses. In some instances, he serves clients in a "general counsel" role, providing representation on general business, corporate and financial matters, while also assisting in the coordination of litigation, regulatory compliance and other matters. He has devoted a significant portion of his practice to counseling businesses involved in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medical devices.

Representative transactions:

  • Representation of manufacturers in the formation and termination of product distribution relationships, both domestic and international.
  • Negotiation of agreements involving various combinations of research and development, product development, purchasing and strategic sourcing, licensing and distribution for medical and other technologies and food and agribusiness firms.
  • Representation of purchasers and sellers in corporate acquisitions, particularly asset purchases of early-stage technology firms.
  • Assisting clients with critical regulatory and quality assurance matters including government inspections and recalls.

Food & Agribusiness

Tim is utilizing his knowledge of FDA and other regulatory requirements to assist clients in the food and agriculture areas with their transactional needs and compliance with the more rigorous requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Representative transactions:

  • Counsel to lender in $40 million secured revolving facility and $45 million unsecured revolving facility for food processors.
  • Counsel to borrower in $83 million secured facilities for working capital and construction for food processor.
  • Counsel to food and agribusiness client for long-term, joint venture organic animal feed supply agreement.
  • Negotiation of contractual issues in food processing supply chain, including for organic and GRAS (generally accepted as safe) ingredients.
  • Negotiation of agreements involving product development, licensing, and distribution.


Tim works extensively with lenders and borrowers in various aspects of secured and unsecured credit transactions, including syndicated and participated loans, real estate acquisition and construction financing, asset-based transactions, acquisition financing, loan work-outs and restructurings and tax-exempt financing. The focus of Tim's lending practice is on middle market loan and small loan borrowers.

Representative transactions:

  • Counsel to agent bank in a $375 million unsecured revolving working capital credit facility for retail borrower.
  • Counsel to agent bank in total of $43 million of secured revolving facilities for working capital and land acquisition for a hardwood lumber firm.
  • Counsel to publicly traded corporate borrower in a $90 million multi-currency revolving credit facility.
  • Counsel to lender in a $25 million secured line of credit facility providing working capital for a clothing licensee/importer/manufacturer.
  • Counsel to lender in secured $40 million term debt and $4.5 million revolving debt financings for wholesale electric generation plants.
  • Represented lenders as letter of credit bank counsel in revenue bond transactions.
  • Represented lenders in financing the acquisition and development of numerous commercial and residential projects in Pennsylvania, including leasehold, site condominium and credit tenant projects.

Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy

Tim began his career as a bankruptcy lawyer and continues to give strategic advice and representation to clients facing various aspects of distressed financial situations.  His creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice currently is focused on secured and unsecured creditor representation in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as loan workouts and forbearance negotiation. He has represented businesses as debtors in bankruptcy and collection proceedings, including debtor representation in workouts and distressed settings, including Chapter 11 reorganization cases resulting in plan confirmations. Outside of bankruptcy, he has represented creditors in foreclosure, confession of judgment, execution, debt sale and assignment matters. He has lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference on Chapter 11 issues.

Recent representative matters:

  • Representation of secured lender in Chapter 11 case of firm engaged in publishing, including liquidation of intellectual property rights.
  • Representation and defense of secured creditor in Chapter 11 proceeding and related lender liability cases regarding failed vehicle floor plan borrower.
  • Representation of secured creditors in a number of workout and Chapter 12 bankruptcy cases for agricultural operations.
  • Representation of secured lender /letter of credit issuer for revenue bonds in Chapter 11 case of printer.

Municipal Law

Tim represents local governments in matters of governance, procurement, finance, land use, code enforcement, utilities and other matters. His clients include boroughs, townships, planning commissions, municipal authorities, redevelopment authorities, and transportation authorities. He has been involved as government counsel or solicitor in construction project issues, sewer and water project issues, proprietary function matters, difficult code enforcement and land use issues related to undergraduate student housing and religious uses, open space preservation issues and police/law enforcement concerns. He provided legal counsel in connection with the financing, construction and operation of the first municipally-owned and operated fiber optic broadband system in Pennsylvania. He also has successfully negotiated complex multi-party sewage treatment agreements, including the formation and financing of joint authorities and capacity/construction agreements involving a mixture of public and private parties (PPP).