Raymond A. Durkin, Jr.

Ray is a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group with a wide range of experience and a steadfast dedication to his clients and his community.

In his business practice, Ray advises clients on all aspects of their business, ranging from entity selection and formation to succession planning and dissolution. He frequently assists clients with general business matters including contract drafting, review and negotiation. Ray also counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and a variety of other transactional matters including commercial leases and real estate purchase agreements. He provides counsel on succession planning matters by reviewing and drafting internal governance documents. Furthermore, Ray is well-versed with handling formations for nonprofit organizations in addition to filing tax exemption applications.

Before joining Barley Snyder, Ray practiced at a law firm based in Central Pennsylvania where he gained a variety of experience handling business organizations and transactions, real estate transactions, estate planning matters, trademark matters and more.

During law school, Ray gained valuable experience as a student attorney at Villanova’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship where he worked with start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. He also served as an in-house legal intern for a multinational company based out of Reading where he counseled clients and gained a unique perspective into the corporate world.

Ray holds a juris doctor degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and a master’s degree from the Villanova University School of Business. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dickinson College majoring in International Business & Management and Spanish.

Outside of the firm, Ray is an avid golfer and enjoys snowboarding among other outdoor activities. An active member of his community, Ray is a Leadership Lancaster graduate and serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations. In addition, he regularly volunteers at Wills for Heroes, preparing estate planning documents for local first responders. Ray currently lives in Phoenixville with his wife and growing family.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (2024)
  • Daniel F. O’Dea Fellowship Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Legal Research
PUBLICATIONS/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Supreme Court May Consider Statute of Limitations for Fee Claims Under Individuals with Disabilities in Education (Feb. 2021)
  • Federal Court Narrows Scope of When Parents May Request Independent Educational Evaluation at Public Expense (Jan. 2021)
  • Pennsylvania Modernizes Digital Assets and Digital Disclosure Laws (Dec. 2020)
  • Pennsylvania Legislature Amends Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (Nov. 2018)
LANGUAGES
  • Spanish (proficient)

Brandon R. Griest

Brandon is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He aggressively pursues the interest of his clients and counsels them in navigating the legal system from pre-complaint strategy through successful trial strategy. Brandon’s extensive experience has honed his skills as a prolific litigator. 

In his litigation practice, Brandon is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every client, regardless of the size or complexity of the claim. He regularly appears in both state and federal trial courts as well as appellate courts, advocating zealously for his clients. Additionally, when appropriate, Brandon seeks to resolve matters prior to trial and regularly utilizes mediation and arbitration services to aid in resolution.  

Brandon has experience representing: 

  • Businesses (local and international) in contract disputes 
  • Shareholders and business owners in ownership disputes
  • Businesses in employment disputes 
  • Contractors, subcontractors and owners in construction litigation 
  • Property owners in real estate disputes including boundary line disputes, right-of-way and easement disputes, adverse possession, and oil and gas matters 
  • Landlords and tenants in eviction and ejectment matters 

Prior to joining Barley, Brandon worked at a law firm based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he represented clients in various matters with a primary focus on commercial litigation including contract disputes, wrongful termination, unemployment compensation, and uniform commercial code litigation, in addition to real estate litigation including easement disputes, boundary line disputes, landlord-tenant law (commercial and residential), oil and gas ownership and royalty disputes, and construction litigation. In this role, he guided his clients through all stages of the litigation process from initial conferences to trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. Brandon also has experience serving as solicitor for municipalities in addition to regional water and sewer authorities.

A Lancaster County native, Brandon is a graduate of Hempfield High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and obtained his juris doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law. Outside of the firm, Brandon likes spending time outdoors where he enjoys activities including hiking, kayaking and playing softball. 

MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
RECOGNITIONS
  • Rotarian of the Year (2022/23) – Williamsport, PA Rotary Club

Nichole L. Eisenhart 

Nichole is a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Litigation practice groups with nearly two decades of legal experience. Her time working in the public sector has provided her with a unique perspective of the law in addition to extensive trial experience.

In 2005, Nichole began her legal journey working as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Eby in the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas. In 2006, she embarked on a successful career with the Lebanon County District Attorney’s Office spanning over 17 years where she prosecuted many criminal offenders.

At the District Attorney’s Office, Nichole prosecuted a wide array of criminal offenses, ranging from misdemeanors to felony cases including homicides. She spent 15 years with the Drug Task Force where she advised law enforcement in drug-related investigations and prosecuted individuals charged with drug trafficking offenses. Based on her considerable prosecution experience, Nichole received an appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in 2012, allowing her to assist in the prosecution of Lebanon County offenders facing federal charges. She spent more than 11 years as the First Assistant District Attorney at the District Attorney’s Office. During her tenure, Nichole’s leadership and legal acumen were highly regarded, receiving the 2016 Outstanding Prosecutor Award from the Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers’ Association and the 2018 Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy from the Department of Justice.

Nichole earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology. While she originally hails from Northampton County, Nichole has proudly called Lebanon County her home for 18 years.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
RECOGNITIONS
  • Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers’ Association 2016 Outstanding Prosecutor Award
  • Department of Justice 2018 Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy

Caitlin M. Long

Caitlin is a member of Barley Snyder’s Business and Creditors’ Rights practice groups with strong analytical skills, a keen attention to detail, and the ability to find creative solutions to problems. She is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Caitlin previously worked as a law clerk at the firm as she completed her final year of law school.

Before joining Barley Snyder, Caitlin clerked for the Office of Maryland Attorney General’s Antitrust Division where she conducted legal research and interviews, assisted with litigation claims and handled other tasks. She also held a number of internships throughout her academic career including working as a corporate development intern at Dorman Products, a tax intern at Wipfli LLP, and a legal/HR intern at Sungard Availability Services.

Caitlin received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Immaculata University. Her undergraduate degree paired with her various internship/clerkship experience has provided her with a strong understanding of the corporate sector. During law school, she served on the Corporate and Business Law Society and the Law Association for Women.

A Pennsylvania native who graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School, Caitlin continues a longtime firm tradition of former Barley Snyder summer associates returning to the firm. She lives in Montgomery County with her wife and enjoys cooking and spending time at Longwood Gardens where they are members. 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Barley Snyder Summer Associate, June 2022 – July 2022
  • Office of Maryland Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Law Clerk – May 2021-December 2021
  • Dorman Products, Corporate Development Intern – May 2019-August 2020
  • Wipfli LLP, Tax Intern – January 2019-April 2019
  • Comcast Spectacor, Payroll Intern – August 2018-December 2018
  • Sungard Availability Services, Human Resources Management Intern – May 2018-August 2018
  • Sungard Availability Services, Legal Intern – October 2017-May 2018
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Westlaw; LexisNexis

Elizabeth G. Vanasse

Elizabeth is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Business practice groups. She continues a longstanding Barley Snyder tradition of summer associates returning to the firm.

Before joining Barley Snyder, Elizabeth worked as an intern with the University of Richmond’s Children’s Defense Clinic and dedicated most of her time to juvenile justice initiatives. Passionate about criminal justice reform, Elizabeth worked with Virginia’s Parole Board to revamp its parole guidelines for those incarcerated as juveniles. She worked to make the guidelines more indicative of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases about youth as a mitigating factor in sentencing. As a result, Elizabeth received the Orell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence in the Children’s Law Center upon graduating from law school. In law school, Elizabeth was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and served as Copy Editor for the Richmond Public Interest Law Review. She also worked as a research assistant on trusts, estates and taxation issues for upcoming publications.

Elizabeth also has extensive legal internship experience. During law school, she interned with a small firm in Richmond, Virginia, working on adoption and surrogacy legal matters along with employment and personal injury cases. She worked directly with clients and discovered a zeal for cultivating strong attorney-client relationships. During the summers of her undergraduate years, Elizabeth interned at her family’s Lancaster-based workers’ compensation law firm. Her passion for the law stemmed from a young age as Elizabeth’s father, mother and brother are all attorneys.

A Lancaster native, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the restaurant scene in the Red Rose City, watching Premier League soccer, and riding horses. She currently lives in downtown Lancaster with her fiancé.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Lancaster Young Professionals
AWARDS/RECOGNITION
  • CALI Awards for Excellence in: Contracts (Fall 2020), Children and the Law (Fall 2021), and Advanced Clinical Placement in the Children’s Defense Clinic (Spring 2023)
  • Dean’s Scholar
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Advanced to fluent in written and spoken French

Hannah M. Schroer

Hannah is a member of Barley Snyder’s Employment Practice Group. She brings a unique perspective to the legal industry stemming from her wide variety of career experiences. She comes to Barley Snyder after working as a Judicial Clerk at the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas for the Honorable Leonard G. Brown III. In this role, Hannah researched and drafted civil opinions from commercial contract disputes to restrictive covenants. She also assisted during hearings, providing legal analysis and insight into case facts while supporting multiple judicial chambers. She is a cum laude graduate of both Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Rutgers University.

During law school, Hannah was the Managing Editor of Villanova Law Review Online: Tolle Lege and was the Site Chair for Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. She also practiced as a Certified Legal Intern with Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Mental & Physical Health Clinic where she represented clients appealing healthcare coverage denials at fair hearings and conducted client intake interviews. In addition, Hannah served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Juan R. Sánchez where she gained first-hand experience drafting orders, opinions and research memoranda on labor and employment disputes and civil rights challenges in federal court.

With a mission to gain a client-focused experience while giving back to her community, Hannah volunteered for the Military Assistance Project, appealing clients’ unfavorable discharge statuses to seek VA benefits, and assisted attorneys with drafting end-of-life documents at Wills for Heroes clinics. She also spent a summer volunteering at the Face-to-Face Legal Center, helping indigent clients apply for birth certificates and ensuring applications were reviewed.

Hannah also has experience working alongside in-house counsel as a Legal Services Intern at Allied Universal Services, an international private security and staffing corporation based in Conshohocken. She reviewed governance documents, advised human resources on licensing compliance, and conducted extensive research into ongoing legal developments affecting interstate and international compliance.

Before pursuing a career in law, Hannah worked as a Freelance Web Reporter for WFMZ/69 News in Allentown. She reported on various implications of government decisions throughout nine municipalities and analyzed legislation on budgetary and policy decisions. Her background in journalism and online communication taught her a straightforward communication style which she has carried into her legal career. While balancing her municipal beat as a freelancer, Hannah worked in the construction industry as a Product Manager with a national distributor of trench drain and accessories originally based in Easton, Pennsylvania. In this role, she designed drainage systems, compiled case studies and effectively negotiated sales with clients.

Active in her community, Hannah volunteers with the Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Quality Volunteer Coalition and serves on the Pastoral Council at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Outside of the firm, she enjoys gardening, baking cookies, reading speculative fiction and following Kansas City sports. Hannah hails from the Midwest, but calls Easton, Pennsylvania her hometown.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania, Board of Directors
  • Lancaster Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
PUBLICATIONS
  • Comment, When Going Green Means Going into the Red: Pennsylvania’s Struggle Funding Stormwater Regulations Creates Water Woes for MS4s, 65 VILL. L. Rev. 223 (2020).

Natalie Alexander

Natalie is a member of the firm’s Business and Real Estate practice groups. She comes to the firm with considerable experience stemming from her vast educational background, internships and previous job history.

During law school, Natalie spent time as a summer and fall associate for a firm in South Central Pennsylvania where she drafted filings for corporate, estate, family and property law matters. She performed legal research and advised attorneys of appropriate courses of action pertaining to cases. Natalie also gained experience as a Certified Legal Intern for the Dickinson Community Law Clinic where she drafted and filed legal documents relating to various family and disability law matters in addition to advocating for clients at administrative hearings.

As an editor for the Dickinson Law Review, Natalie gained a unique perspective in the legal field, editing and preparing book reviews received for publication. She also solicited book reviews from legal professionals for writing and publication. In addition, Natalie worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Martin C. Carlson at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In this role, she conducted legal research and drafted memorandum opinions and recommendations.

Outside of the firm, Natalie enjoys playing tennis and reading. She is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, and is fluent in Spanish. Natalie volunteers with Micah’s Backpack, a program in Hagerstown designed to feed hungry students over the weekend by providing them healthy meals and snacks to take home.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Dean’s Fellow, Dickinson Law
  • Academic Excellence Award, University of Maryland
  • Honors in English, University of Maryland
  • University Honors, University of Maryland
PUBLICATIONS
  • Law Review Comment, Meaningless DNA: Moore’s Inadequate Protection of Genetic Material, 127 Dick. L. Rev. 399 (2022).
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Legal Intern, Community Law Clinic at Dickinson Law
  • Summer Associate, Black and Davison, P.C.
  • Executive Book Review Editor, Dickinson Law Review

Andrew J. Mahon

Andy Mahon is an attorney in Barley Snyder’s Employment and Immigration practice groups with over a decade of experience. He concentrates his practice on immigration law, helping clients with a myriad of immigration related matters, including representing families and businesses seeking immigration benefits as well as defending individuals placed in removal proceedings. Andy has represented hundreds of clients before various agencies that are responsible for administering U.S. immigration laws, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State. He also litigates immigration cases in federal court, filing petitions for review and submitting oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and preparing mandamus and habeas petitions before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He routinely advises attorneys from other areas of practice on immigration matters affecting their clients, often working with criminal defense counsel to structure guilty pleas to avoid future immigration consequences. Additionally, Andy has presented on immigration topics at several training courses for lawyers, paralegals and community members.

Before joining Barley Snyder, Andy worked at a Lancaster law firm focused exclusively on the practice of immigration law, becoming a partner in 2019. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center where he defended individuals in removal proceedings who were most in need due to mental illness, poverty or persecution in their country of origin. He started his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Penny L. Blackwell in the York County Court of Common Pleas.

Andy graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in history and French. He then spent two years living in France and working as an English teacher. He earned his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, graduating with honors. He was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and Widener Law Journal.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
AWARDS/RECOGNITION
  • Light of Liberty Award, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2014)
PUBLICATIONS/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • “Form I-9: Best Practices, Updates, and Immigration Statuses,” Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2024).
  • “Immigration Forum,” ABC Keystone Peer Group Presentation (April 2024)
  • “Immigration Forum,” ABC Keystone Peer Group Presentation (February 2024)
  • “Human Resource Hot Topics,” PennAg (October 2023)
  • “Intro to Business Immigration and I-9 Compliance,” Lancaster Area Paralegal Association 8th Annual Civil Conference (September 2023)
  • “Immigration Law Training,” Mennonite Central Committee, Presenter (2013-2017)
  • “Model Hearing Program:  Withholding-Only Proceedings,” PIRC and York Immigration Court, Presenter (May 2014)
  • “Immigration 101,” LAPA General Business Meeting (January 2013)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Former teaching assistant, Bordeaux, France

Megan Ryland Tanner

Megan is a member of Barley Snyder’s Business and Real Estate practice groups, bringing over 20 years of experience to the firm. She is dedicated to serving her clients while making a difference in the community.

In her business practice, Megan assists clients with entity formations and agreements including liability, operations and indemnification. She has experience handling liquor license matters with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) such as liquor license purchases, sales, transfers and related matters. In one instance, Megan represented a restaurant owner in a matter where PLCB would not approve a restaurant manager due to her criminal history. Megan advocated for her client and requested a hearing, and the manager was ultimately approved to act as manager. Furthermore, Megan frequently handles business sales, for both buyers and sellers, in the region. Megan’s business and liquor license experience ties in nicely with her real estate practice where she regularly handles real estate closings and sales agreements in addition to being a licensed title agent.

Megan started her law career in private practice where she gained a breadth of experience in real estate and title work, family law, criminal defense work and litigation. In addition to her years in private law firm practice, Megan previously served in the Lebanon County District Attorney’s Office as Senior Deputy District Attorney where she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases including child abuse, juvenile and adult sex crimes, domestic violence, homicides and robberies in both adult and juvenile criminal systems. Megan handled sensitive cases while working closely with the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC), conducting well over 100 jury trials. Additionally, she managed and handled all the Act 21 (civil commitments) for the office as well as developed and managed the child abuse response police advisories and multidisciplinary investigative team (MDIT). Megan was an active member of the Lebanon County Child Abuse Task Force and a board member representing Lebanon County for the Children’s Resource Center in Harrisburg. She was appointed by the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas as a Custody Conciliator, a role which she served in from June 2003 to January 2023, resolving familial custody issues in lieu of litigation.

Megan has been recognized for many of her professional achievements. She was honored among the “Women Working for Justice” by the Lebanon County Commission for Women and received the “Children’s Hero Award” in 2014 from the Children’s Resource Center and again in 2015 from SARCC. Outside of the firm, Megan stays involved with Leadership Lebanon Valley’s Justice Day Program volunteering with its mock trial and providing a presentation about the criminal system.

A life-long resident of Lebanon County and mother of three, Megan earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Public Policy and her juris doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS
  • “Women Working for Justice” by the Lebanon County Commission for Women in 2013
  • “Children’s Hero Award” from Children’s Resource Center in 2014
  • “Children’s Hero Award” from Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center in 2015
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas, Custody Conciliator, June 2003 to January 2023
  • Lebanon County Child Abuse Task Force, Former Member
PRESENTATIONS
  • Mock Criminal Trial/Presentation on the Criminal Justice System, Leadership Lebanon Valley Justice Day Program (June 2023)

Jacob H. Kiessling

Jake is an attorney in the firm’s BusinessReal Estate and Trusts & Estates practice groups with significant experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business formation and succession planning, solar leasing and other real estate transactions, and estate and trust matters.

In his business practice, Jake represents clients across many industries ranging from health care, professional services and institutional businesses to family farms and real estate investors. His representation includes a wide array of legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, business formations and succession planning, and general business advisement. He has successfully negotiated numerous small to mid-market M&A transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers alike. 

Jake also represents clients in various real estate transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions, financing and leases. Most notably, Jake has extensive experience successfully negotiating leases for solar energy and battery storage facilities on behalf of landowners throughout Pennsylvania, as well as in other states in the Mid-Atlantic region, and is widely regarded as an expert on landowner considerations in the leasing and development processes of the solar energy industry. As a lecturer and panelist, he has presented on numerous occasions regarding solar development and ground leasing for organizations such as Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and has had the honor of testifying as an invited panelist before the Pennsylvania Senate Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee with respect to solar industry leasing practices and the impact of solar development on prime agricultural land. 

As an estates and trusts practitioner, Jake assists clients with all of their estate planning needs, whether simple or complex, and has represented financial institutions with respect to their estate, trust and fiduciary account management and services.

Prior to joining Barley Snyder, Jake was a partner in a mid-sized Harrisburg law firm.  Jake is a graduate of Lycoming College where he was President of his fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, and a member of the varsity wrestling team. He currently serves on the Congregation Council of Zion Lutheran Church in Hummelstown, the Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Board and the LutheranHANDS Foundation Board of Directors. In his spare time, Jake enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, playing guitar, Penn State wrestling, Philadelphia sports, and spending time camping or at his family cabin in Lycoming County with his wife and their two children.

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

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