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

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

Charles J. Phillips

Chuck has extensive experience in business transactions, debtor/creditor rights and bankruptcy matters. Whether a client is buying or selling a business, restructuring its financial affairs or putting important contracts in place with customers, suppliers or with other owners, Chuck provides the strategic guidance and counsel that separates him from other business attorneys. He provides sound business advice in general corporate law, tax resolution cases and commercial litigation.

Chuck is a magna cum laude graduate of Albright College, where he now serves as a member of its board of trustees. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Villanova Law School. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar associations, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Committee. He is also a past president of the Berks County Bar Association.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Committee
  • Berks County Bar Association

Benjamin A. Leisawitz

Ben is a member of the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Business practice groups. Whether Ben is formulating an estate plan, structuring a business deal or negotiating a real estate transaction, his style is client-centric and results driven.

Ben received his juris doctor degree from Widener University Delaware Law School where he ranked fourth in his class of 195 students and graduated magna cum laude. At Widener, Ben served as managing editor on the nationally ranked Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Ben, a published author in the Journal, was the recipient of “The Donald E. Pease Memorial Award,” presented in recognition of the best student-authored article, and the “Russel R. Levin Memorial Award,” presented to the most valuable member of the Journal. During law school, Ben served as a judicial clerk for Berks County’s then-president judge, now U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Hon. Jeffrey L. Schmehl. Additionally, Ben worked as a summer law clerk for a large law firm headquartered in Reading.

A Berks County native, Ben is a 1998 alumnus of Reading Senior High School where he was selected to the first team All Lancaster-Lebanon League in football and was the co-captain and most valuable player of the baseball team. Ben went on to be a four-year varsity letter winner at Muhlenberg College and the 2002 recipient of the “Player’s Player Award” – the team’s most valuable player – on the most successful baseball team in school history. After graduating from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration / entrepreneurial studies, Ben gained seven years of business experience, having worked for both a large corporation and a small, family-held business. His vast job responsibilities included sales, marketing, purchasing and management. While working, Ben earned his master’s degree in business from Alvernia University with a 3.9 GPA.

Ben is proud to assist individuals, families and businesses in the community in which he was raised. Ben resides in Wyomissing with his wife, Michele, their children, Leah and Adam, and their dog, Tov.

RECOGNITION
  • Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, former managing editor
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
PUBLICATION
  • “Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano: Rejection of the Statistically Significant Standard Reopened the Door to Securities Fraud Strike Suits”, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (2011)
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Negotiating Physician Employment Contracts”, Tower Health
  • “Estate Planning”, Jewish Federation of Reading, Reform Congregation Oheb Shalom
  • “Business Law for Entrepreneurs”, Penn state University-Berks

Thad M. Gelsinger

As a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Thad focuses his practice in both personal injury, commercial and fiduciary litigation. He serves both business and individual clients in successfully resolving their litigation matters.

Thad is admitted to practice before the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the U.S. district courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania and District of New Jersey. He has served as chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Berks County Bar Association, an officer of the Justice William Strong Inns of Court, a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and as a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He has also presented continuing legal education seminars to his colleagues on electronic discovery and issues related to the use of social media in litigation. Thad is also qualified to serve as a mediator or arbitrator through the Berks County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Outside the legal profession, Thad is actively involved in his community. He has served on the board of directors and as president of the Greater Reading Young Professionals and on the board of directors for the Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Thad has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership.

Thad received both his J.D. and M.B.A. from Widener University. In addition, he received his B.S. in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University. Thad graduated from Holy Name High School and is a native of Berks County. Thad resides in West Chester, Pa., with his wife, Sara A. Gelsinger, and enjoys playing tennis and golf.

RECOGNITIONS
  • Lehigh Valley Business Journal (Forty Under 40, 2022)
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Justice William Strong Inns of Court
  • Berks County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, panel of arbitrators/mediators

Eden R. Bucher

Eden concentrates most of her practice in the areas of commercial transactions, debtor/creditor law and general and commercial litigation. She considers herself a problem solver, and her MBA degree helps her better understand the business impact of a company’s legal issues.

Eden also handles real estate, municipal and fiduciary litigation matters. She is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Eden received her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees simultaneously from the Widener University School of Law. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Berks County Bar associations, as well as the Commercial Law League of America.

Eden also is a past president of the Berks County Bar Association and is a member of its Federal Civil Practice and Procedure and Bankruptcy sections. She currently serves as a Conciliator for the Berks County Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and is the Berks County Credit Card Arbitration Master.

MEMBERSHIPS
  • Berks County Bar Association, member and past president of the board of directors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Sections of the Berks County Bar Association, member
  • Berks County Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, conciliator
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, member

William R. Blumer

When Bill began practicing law, he was drawn to the creativity it required to resolve client problems. Bill practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate administration, and fiduciary litigation.

Bill is one of approximately 65 attorneys in Pennsylvania – and one of only two attorneys practicing in Berks County – certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Bill speaks frequently about estate planning and elder law issues, including planning for incapacity, asset protection planning and how to use a power of attorney properly. Currently, Bill chairs the estate planning and elder law section of the Berks County Bar Association. He also serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys where he co-chairs its education committee. He also serves as the board chair for Easterseals of Eastern Pennsylvania. Bill is a past president of the Berks County Estate Planning Council, served as the chairman of the board of directors at Berks Encore, and has volunteered on the boards of the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Bill is a graduate of Bucknell University. He received his juris doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law, and holds a LL.M. degree in taxation from the Villanova University School of Law. 

RECOGNITION
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2010-2012, 2020-2022)
EXPERTISE & CERTIFICATION
  • Certified in Elder Law, National Elder Law Foundation
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law section of the Berks County Bar Association, chair
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys, board member
  • Berks County Estate Planning Council, past president
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Assessing Client Capacity to Sign Documents”, Berks County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference (August 2020)
  • “Simple Planned Giving Strategies Anyone Can Use”, Easterseals Eastern PA Donors (May 2019)
  • “New Guardianship Rules and the GTS Tracking System”, Berks County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference (April 2019)
  • “How to Close an Estate”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (March 2019)
  • “End of Life Medical Decision Making”, Berks County Bar Association (October 2018)
  • “Three Important Legal Documents All Seniors Need”, Berks Encore (October 2018)
  • “What Accountants Need to Know About Long-Term Care and Asset Protection Planning”, Baker Tilley Virchow Krause LLP (May 2018)
  • “Top 10 Orphans’ Court Cases in the Last Year”, Berks County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference (April 2018)
  • “Medicaid Planning”, Lancaster County Estate Planning Council (November 2017)
  • “Use of Special and Supplemental Needs Trust for Children with Disabilities”, John Paul II Center (March 2017)
  • “How to Close an Estate”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (August 2016)
  • “Use of Annuities in Medicaid Planning”, Berks County Bar Association (July 2015)
  • “Asset Protection Planning”, Berks Encore (July 2015)
  • “Powers of Attorney and Living Wills”, Family First Resource Senior Center (April 2015)
  • “Misconceptions About Long-Term Care Planning”, Berks Elder Network (April 2015)
  • “Asset Protection Planning”, Berks County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference (April 2013)
  • “Federal Estate Tax Update”, PICPA Winter Conference (December 2011)
  • “Use of Trusts in Estate Planning”, RKL Associates (September 2011)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania, chair of the board of directors
  • Berks County Bar Foundation, board member
  • Berks Encore, former chairman of the board of directors
  • Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, former board of directors
  • Reading Symphony Orchestra, former board of directors
  • Yocum Institute for Arts Education, former board of directors
  • Circle of Life Coalition, former board of directors
  • Community Justice Project, former board of directors

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