Jacob H. Kiessling

Jake is an attorney in the firm’s Business and Real Estate practice groups with vast experience in the areas of business succession and transactions, real estate, and estate and trust matters.

In his business practice, Jake represents small business and farm clients, commercial real estate investors, medical and dental professionals, and other business clients. His representation includes a wide array of legal matters including business formation and operation and asset acquisition. Jake also represents clients in various real estate transactions ranging from purchases of preserved farmland to commercial and industrial properties.

Particularly, Jake has extensive experience successfully negotiating favorable solar and other alternative energy leases on behalf of landowners across Pennsylvania. He has presented seminars and podcasts regarding solar energy development and leasing practices for various organizations. As an invited panelist before the Pennsylvania Senate Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, he has provided testimony with respect to solar industry leasing practices and the impact of solar development on prime agricultural land.

Jake also represents clients with their estate planning needs, whether simple or complex, and has represented financial institutions serving as estate and trust fiduciaries with respect to various issues arising in trust and estate administrations.

Prior to joining Barley Snyder, Jake was a partner in a mid-sized Harrisburg law firm. Jake resides in York County with his wife and their two children. He enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, playing guitar, Penn State wrestling, and Philadelphia sports. Jake is an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hummelstown and is a member of the Church’s Congregation Council. Jake also serves on the Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Committee and the LutheranHANDS Foundation Board of
Directors.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association

Rachael E. Shaw

Rachael is a member of Barley Snyder’s Real Estate and Business practice groups with a breadth of experience in business, real estate, employment and sports law.

Rachael primarily focuses her practice on business law where she acts as general counsel to her business clients. She provides advice on matters such as corporate formations, governance and a variety of other transactional matters. She has experience guiding clients through the complicated processes of mergers and acquisitions and asset sales. In her real estate practice, Rachael reviews and prepares commercial lease agreements. She also handles agreements of sale on both the commercial and residential side.

Prior to joining Barley, Rachael was working as a transactional associate attorney in Lehigh County. She also has experience in employment law, drafting and reviewing employee policies and handbooks, as well as sports law, advising athletes regarding NIL (name, image and likeness) matters. 

Rachael graduated from Washington College where she received her B.A. in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award/Best Student Performance in Contract Drafting. 

Outside of the firm, Rachael enjoys spending time with family, exploring the outdoors, cooking and taking part in recreational sports leagues. 

Charmaine E. Nyman

Charmaine is a member of Barley Snyder’s Business and Real Estate practice groups. She brings a unique perspective to the firm through her wide variety of experiences. 

A magna cum laude University of Richmond School of Law graduate, Charmaine served on the editorial board of the University of Richmond Public Interest Law Review and volunteered for numerous causes including Virginia Free Legal Answers and Wills for Veterans. 

Charmaine also has an extensive background working in the legal field through various internships and externships. In these roles, she reviewed contracts, advised on contract compliance and conducted legal research. As a student attorney at the Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic, she assisted businesses with entity formation, filing requirements, updated filing documents and maintenance of entity. She also provided copyright and trademark service, updated independent contractor agreements and prepared financial disclosure forms for non-profit entities.

Charmaine graduated from Kutztown University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minors in Public Administration & Paralegal Studies. Following her undergraduate education, she worked as a paralegal for two years where she drafted estate planning documents, assisted with estate administration and real estate transactions. She also worked as a judicial intern in the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, drafting orders, reports and recommendations as well as researching issues.

As a Clinton County native, Charmaine spent her childhood on a small family farm. During this time, she showed livestock in 4-H and was named 2015 Clinton County Fair Queen. She now resides in York County and enjoys spending her time away from the office reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Nominated for VA State Bar Oliver White Hill Award for Pro Bono Service (2022)
  • Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service Certification Award (2022)
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in Military Law and in the Legal Business Design Challenge (2021)
MEMBERSHIPS
  • York County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC)

Tasha R. Stoltzfus Nankerville

Tasha is a member of Barley Snyder’s Litigation Practice Group with strong advocacy, problem-solving and leadership skills.

Before joining Barley Snyder, Tasha worked as an intern with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office and Villanova Law’s Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute). She previously worked in Lancaster city wrapping burritos at Prince Street Café before serving as a Finance/Human Resources director for six small businesses, as an Executive Director of a non-profit working alongside women affected by homelessness, and as a refugee resettlement caseworker. She relates to a broad spectrum of people and is comfortable in diverse settings. A Lancaster native with Amish roots, she currently volunteers in her hometown with various non-profit organizations including Lancaster County Conservancy, Night to Shine, Advoz and Church World Service. She is also a former volunteer of The Mix and Clare House. Tasha continues a longtime firm tradition of former Barley Snyder summer associates returning to the firm.

In law school, Tasha was a member of Villanova Law’s Moot Court Board where she won both Villanova and national competitions, including individual awards for best brief and best oralist. She was also a member of the Public Interest Fellowship Program and received her master’s in public administration from Villanova. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys anything outdoors, running, and thrift shopping at Goodwill. She lives in Lancaster with her husband and dog.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service
  • Arthur J. Kania Prize in Professional Ethics
  • Daniel F. O’Dea, Jr. Fellowship Award for Outstanding Professionalism
  • Distinguished Service Award, Villanova Law Moot Court Board
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Emily Watkins Marzock

Emily is a member of our Trusts & Estates and Business practice groups. Emily is experienced at advising decision makers on complex areas of law. Her effective communication and relationship building skills make her a strategic partner for clients.

Emily received her law degree from the University of Virginia after majoring in Classics and Economics at Brown University. She then practiced for several years at the Washington, D.C. office of a large, international law firm. There, Emily provided regulatory counseling to Fortune 100 energy and telecom companies as well as representing them in administrative and judicial matters involving economic and regulatory issues.

Emily moved to Lancaster in 2016 and began working as the Associate Director of Gift Planning at Franklin & Marshall College. In this role, she worked with donors to find ways to satisfy their philanthropic intentions while advancing their financial and estate goals. Emily is a member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia. Her experience in crafting charitable gifts enhances her estate planning practice.

Emily has a strong interest in serving the Lancaster community. She currently serves as a board member and chair of the Planned Giving Committee for The Lancaster Science Factory and as chair of Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity’s Board & Leadership Gifts Committee. Emily is also a member of the operating committee for the Neighborhoods of Old Town, where she lives.

Alexandra E. Otto

Alex advises and guides clients through both the estate planning and the estate administration process. She identifies and implements various options and strategies to achieve clients’ objectives and utilizes combinations of different vehicles to achieve such objectives while taking into consideration clients’ unique family dynamics and interpersonal relationships. She also provides guidance and support to clients regarding their obligations and duties when acting in various fiduciary capacities. Additionally, she aids clients in navigating the estate administration process by preparing various state and federal tax returns, creating and executing family settlement agreements, and drafting, filing, and defending formal accountings before county orphans’ courts.

Her practice routinely includes aspects and elements of estate planning including:

  • Transitioning family businesses
  • Portability
  • Gifting
  • Generation skipping transfer tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • Medicaid planning
  • Various state probate processes
  • Step-up basis

Alex also counsels and represents clients in real estate transactions. She assists clients with purchasing and selling real estate by providing guidance throughout the entire process from the negotiation of the terms of the transaction through the execution of the finalized documents. She advises clients about realty transfer tax concerns, like-kind exchanges, preferential tax assessment programs such as Clean & Green, resolving title issues and financing, lending, and leasing arrangements.

Prior to joining the firm, Alex took every opportunity to focus her studies at both Dickinson School of Law and Georgetown University on not only tax, but also the interaction of tax and estate planning. She served as the student coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Dickinson overseeing the preparation of and helped to prepare hundreds of returns annually. She also interned for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue briefing issues and drafting opinions on corporate tax and personal income tax cases.

Alex’s background in the areas of tax, real estate and estate planning and administration permits her to provide comprehensive services to her clients as she can preemptively identify a variety of issues that arise in these areas and appreciate the impact that aspects of these areas of law have.

In her free time, Alex enjoys running, traveling, scuba diving and spending time with her pets.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Cumberland County Inn of the Court, former member
  • Cumberland County Bar Association

Gabriel T. Wertz

Gabe is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Gabe joins Barley Snyder as one of more than a dozen current attorneys at the firm who once came through as part of its summer associate program. A graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Wertz worked as a Barley Snyder summer associate in 2020. 

Wertz took advantage of numerous opportunities to gain legal experience outside of the classroom while in law school. He was a certified legal intern at Villanova Law School’s Interdisciplinary Mental & Physical Health Law Clinic, successfully representing clients in appeals cases to increase or have reinstated paid personal assistance service hours that had been previously denied by their health insurers. Also at Villanova, Gabe was a quarterfinalist in the 2021 Touro Law Center’s Seventh Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion. He also coached a moot court team that reached the quarterfinals in the 2021 August A. Rendigs Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition. He also worked as an intern at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted the Pottstown Community Prosecution Unit.

Before attending law school, the Lebanon County native attended the School of Theological Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, earning his masters degree in theology. He then spent several years working for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, assisting with the process of closing and merging parishes.

Outside of the office, Gabe enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and the rest of his family, along with reading, traveling, the outdoors, and cheering for Philadelphia sports.

Zachary J. Daly

Zach is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and is a registered patent attorney. He attended Elizabethtown College and graduated with a degree in physics before attending Santa Clara University School of Law, where he won the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in 2021. The Witkin Award is presented to a student for attaining the highest grade in a course. Upon graduation, Zach received the High Tech Law Certificate with honors, based on his high level of performance in numerous concentrated technology law courses.

While at Santa Clara, Zach was a member of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. He also was a student associate at the school’s Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, where he was involved in transactions needed to help client entrepreneurs and start-up companies. 

In his spare time, Zach enjoys hiking, snowboarding and collecting vinyl records.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence at Santa Clara University School of Law
  • High Tech Law Certificate with honors at Santa Clara University School of Law
MEMBERSHIPS
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • American Institute of Physics

Susanna M. Fultz

Susanna is a member of the firm’s Employment and Litigation practice groups. She serves both businesses and individual clients.

Susanna is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Susanna attended the University of Delaware, where she earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts, cum laude. Susanna then graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law. While in law school, Susanna interned at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, and participated in several international clinics in Europe and Asia.

After graduation from law school, Susanna served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. A. Joseph Antanavage and then to the Hon. James M. Lillis in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Susanna is involved in the Berks County Bar Association and the Endlich Law Club.

Susanna and her husband reside in Reading. She enjoys sports and hiking and loves to travel.

Zachary D. Griffith

Zach is a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. His trusts and estates practice covers representing clients in a broad range of matters including estate planning, estate administration, trust formation, guardianships, and adoptions. His practice also includes handling a broad range of Orphans’ Court litigation matters in all stages for clients.

Zach joined Barley Snyder following a decorated college career both in and out of the classroom. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Widener University Delaware Law School after graduating summa cum laude from Albright College in Reading. In law school, Zach was a member of the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, which led to him winning the 2021 Greenwatch Institute Scholarship Award in Memory of Jerry Shields. The school bestows the award annually to an outstanding environmental law student who demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy. Furthermore, Zach’s enthusiasm for aviation has spurred him to write an article focused on aviation law for the Widener Law Review, where he was an articles editor in law school.

Zach also spent time as a legal intern in the technology world at Information Systems Laboratories, a specialized technology development corporation, and at Berks County-based EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications.

Zach sits on the board of directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Berks County’s board of directors. He currently serves as chair of the governance and nominating committee where he assits in CASA’s mission to positively change the lives of children who face neglect, abuse, and/or abandonment.

In his spare time, he is a volunteer tour guide at the Reading-area Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, one of the largest privately owned aviation museums in the country. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, two dogs, and his family.

RECOGNITION
  • 2021 Greenwatch Institute Scholarship Award in Memory of Jerry Shields

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