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.

Paul F. Troisi

Paul is a partner at Barley Snyder in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, assisting clients in commercial litigation, personal injury, real estate, construction, and professional licensing cases. He understands that litigation involves making difficult personal, legal, business, and financial decisions. His experience enables him to guide his clients through the litigation process in pursuit of the best possible outcome. Paul previously worked for firms in Bethlehem and Harrisburg, focusing on civil litigation to give him the experience he now possesses to help his clients through complex litigation matters.

Paul has experience in state and federal court, representing both individuals and businesses in a wide range of matters. With the growing trend of cases resolving or being decided through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings, Paul’s practice also includes representing his clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Commercial Litigation
Paul assists businesses of all sizes and individuals with collections cases, contract disputes, non-compete/non-solicitation agreement matters, business ownership disputes, business dissolution matters, violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, violations of the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, and commercial lease cases, among other areas.

Personal Injury
Paul represents individuals in motor vehicle accident, premises liability, products liability, slip and fall, and wrongful death cases.

Real Estate
Paul has experience in zoning matters, property disputes, quiet title cases, and with commercial/residential landlords in lease and landlord/tenant matters.

Construction
Paul represents construction industry professionals in a variety of disputes including breach of contract, violations of the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, and Pennsylvania mechanics’ lien matters.

Professional Licensing
Paul represents professionals before administrative bodies in disputes related to various professional licensing issues.

In our community, Paul is the treasurer of the Berks County Bar Association. As treasurer, Paul is part of its executive & finance committee and its board of directors. He also is a member of the bar’s civil litigation section, local rules committee and investment committee. Paul also serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Reading and Berks County. In his free time, Paul enjoys the outdoors and is an avid sports fan.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

John J. Speicher

John is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, practicing in commercial and personal injury litigation. He is one of the few Berks County attorneys certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. John also maintains an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, an attorney rating service, and was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2011 through 2021 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

From 1995 to 1997, the Berks County native chaired the board of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County. He later served for four years on the executive committee of the Berks County Bar Association, including one year as president in 2002. He was also a delegate from Berks County to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and volunteers with the United Way of Berks County.

John graduated from Denison University with honors in history in 1973 and from Temple University School of Law in 1976. He has spoken at numerous seminars on various trial topics for the Berks County Bar Association and is trained as a mediator and arbitrator through the Berks County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

He coached community youth teams in basketball, baseball and soccer, and led a youth basketball exchange with Germany in 1996. John is married to Patricia C. Giles, also a Berks County native and former senior vice president for Community Impact for the United Way of Berks County. She is also vice president of the Wyomissing Foundation and is on the board of trustees at Alvernia University. They have two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

RECOGNITIONS
  • AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2011 – 2022)
  • Berks County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program graduate
EXPERTISE & CERTIFICATION
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
MEMBERSHIP
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Allen R. Shollenberger

Allen Shollenberger maintains a general practice of law with emphasis in the following areas: municipal representation, zoning, land development, real estate, corporate law, estate planning and estate administration.

A member of the Berks County Bar and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Allen has been admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania.

He graduated from East Stroudsburg College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Delaware Law School of Widener University. Allen is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running, biking, whitewater rafting adventures and golf.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Recorder of Deeds of Berks County, former solicitor

Latisha Bernard Schuenemann

Latisha Bernard Schuenemann is a member of the Barley Snyder Trusts & Estates and Business practice groups. She holds a Master of Laws degree in taxation and her knowledge of tax law helps the firm’s clients with estate planning and estate and trust administration matters. Latisha also handles a myriad of business transactions.

Outside of the office, Latisha is involved with many organizations. She serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Women in the Profession and PBA Minority Bar Committees, a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, a member of the Berks County Bar Association, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Berks County, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the Endlich Law Club, a past board member and past vice president of the Greater Reading Young Professionals and a past member of the Berks County Libraries Task Force.

Latisha is an alumnus of Reading Central Catholic High School. She earned a degree in business administration from Kutztown University and her master of science degree in criminal justice from St. Joseph’s University. Latisha also earned her Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and her LL.M. degree in taxation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

While attending law school, Latisha worked as a legal intern at the Office of Attorney General within the Capital Litigation Section and Medicaid Fraud Section. Latisha also worked as a certified legal intern at the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic, which provides legal services to the community.

RECOGNITION
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2020, 2021, 2022)
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Estate Planning Council of Berks County, member, past president
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee
  • Endlich Law Club
  • PBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • The National Black Lawyers
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Interviewing Clients for Estate Planning and Estate Settlements”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2021)
  • “Estate Law Update”, Berks County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (2021)
  • “Benefits of Using a Trust for Families in Need”, Fiduciary Trust Company International of Pennsylvania Webinar (2021)
  • “Oops! Common Mistakes on Guardianship Report”, Berks County Bar Association (2021)
  • “Preparation of Prenuptial Agreements” , Berks County Bar Association Course (2021)
  • “New Jersey v. Pennsylvania – Estate Administration and Planning” , New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Course (2020)
  • “New Guardianship Rules” , Berks County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (2019)
  • “How to Close an Estate”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Legal Education Course (2016)
  • “Trusts 101″, National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Course (2013)
  • “Probate Process from A to Z” , National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Course (2021)

Frederick M. Nice

Fred offers his clients a broad background in corporate, banking, tax, estate planning and business representation. Fred concentrates on contract negotiations, corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate, banking, tax, estate planning, trust and estate administration and fiduciary litigation. He advises businesses and their owners on structuring business transactions, solving business and tax-related problems, and on creative estate planning.

Fred is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has successfully represented clients before the IRS and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Fred has lectured on estate planning, charitable giving, long-term care and nursing home planning, life insurance trusts, revocable trusts, elder law, special needs planning, 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, shareholder agreements, Marcellus Shale gas leasing and Gun Trusts.

Fred is also committed to the Berks County community and has served in many capacities with several nonprofits, including the Reading Public Museum, the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club, and Opportunity House. Fred has been chairman of the board of Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania, serving a seven-county area and president of the Berks County Estate Planning Council. He is a past chairman of the Berks County Bar Association Estate Planning Section, and past President and Board of Director of the Berkshire Country Club.

A graduate of Wyomissing High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from American University before obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University. Fred also earned a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Estate Planning Council, past president
  • Berks County Bar Association Estate Planning Section, past chairman

Kevin A. Moore

Kevin is a partner in the firm’s Employment and Litigation practice groups and chairs the Labor Law Practice Group, helping clients with legal challenges in employment and labor law and working as counsel for businesses in litigation. Kevin is involved with clients at many levels, working for them broadly as a general counsel for their business as well as specific areas such as commercial and construction litigation. Kevin and his partners quickly size up the case, identify the goal to be achieved, and provide the roadmap to reach that goal in the litigation process. Whether zealously advocating the client’s position in the courtroom or cogently analyzing the business impact of litigation in the boardroom, Kevin provides the unique blend of trial counsel and business leadership clients need to achieve their strategic goals.

Helping the business community stay up and running, Kevin prolifically lectures to businesses and to attorneys on all areas of employment, labor and commercial and construction litigation. He is an approved EEOC trainer, federal court arbitrator, and guest lecturer at local colleges and universities. Kevin also is a Berks County Court Arbitrator and Discovery Master.

He is a past chairman of the Berks County Bar Association Employment Law Section and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Employment and Labor Committee. Kevin volunteers his time as an attorney by serving as the volunteer solicitor to many community and charitable organizations.

Kevin is a Boy Scout leader and sits on numerous school and church related boards and committees. In his spare time, he is a competitive age group triathlete and cyclist. He resides in Spring Township, Berks County, with his family.

EXPERTISE & CERTIFICATIONS
  • Approved EEOC trainer
  • Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Bar Association, ADR Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Employment and Labor Committee
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) Chapter 179

Matthew M. Mayer

As an international/operational law attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, then-Capt. Matthew Mayer served as the U.S. Army’s sole legal representative in Europe at numerous planning conferences for military exercises in Poland, Italy, Romania, Israel and the Ukraine. In that position, he negotiated and drafted multimillion-dollar contracts on the Army’s behalf with various other European nations. In a previous position as the command judge advocate for Headquarters, Fifth Signal Command in Mannheim, Germany, Mayer was the sole legal advisor to a two-star general for the entire European Signal Command. Along the way, he advised clients from the lowest-grade private to four-star generals.

Today, Matt is drawing from his JAG experience and applying it as an attorney in Barley Snyder’s Business Practice Group, where he focuses on general corporate and commercial transactions, along with work in the estate planning and business representation fields. He has been admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. His diverse military background has prepared him to serve a wide variety of clients, from small family businesses to multimillion-dollar corporations.

An All-Berks soccer player and alumnus of Fleetwood High School, Matt continued his soccer career at Moravian College where he was an all-conference captain of his soccer team and a cum laude graduate. Mayer received his Juris Doctor degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He currently resides in Sinking Spring and is an avid sports enthusiast and stays active in golf, soccer, running and weightlifting. 

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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.

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