YOUr Life at Barley Snyder

YOUr Life at Barley Snyder

“From the very beginning I knew Barley Snyder was a fantastic place to work. I started as a Summer Associate here and could not be happier with my first couple years as a practicing attorney. The talented people I work with, the environment we work in, and the sophistication of work we do here at Barley Snyder are unrivaled in central Pennsylvania, and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.” –Alex Puskar, former summer associate now associate at Barley Snyder


Imagine your ideal law firm.

Is it one where you can build a challenging, sophisticated law practice with other motivated attorneys? One with a supportive professional staff, pleasant work environment, competitive salaries and top-notch benefits?

That’s what Barley Snyder is all about.

With more than 90 attorneys and eight offices across central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, Barley Snyder is one of the largest full-service firms in the region. We distinguish ourselves by focusing on excellent client service, a true commitment to our communities and a reputation for results. 

We encourage our associates to assume direct responsibility for substantive client matters at an early stage in their legal careers, emphasizing professional development and mentoring to help establish and develop the skills associates need to manage the legal demands of our local, regional and national clients.

Barley Snyder is about raising the bar in service to our clients and in providing successful careers for our attorneys. We are always looking for talented, motivated attorneys to join our firm. Whether you're an experienced practitioner or are just finishing law school, we welcome you to explore Barley Snyder and see all we have to offer.

Our offices are located in the downtown heart of cities and towns throughout scenic and historic central Pennsylvania, providing easy access to their robust cultural, arts and entertainment environments. Our footprint is short drives away from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as well  as popular vacation destinations throughout the east coast. Central Pennsylvania boasts affordable housing, excellent schools, some of the most famous attractions in the state and a relaxed way of life. 


“Barley Snyder was instrumental in earning my law degree. Being in an accelerated program, I didn’t have time to find a placement as a summer associate, but I was grateful to find Barley as a home for my Semester in Practice. Even though they had never had an intern for law school credit before me, they went above and beyond in their efforts to make my experience worthwhile, and my education was very much enriched by my time as a Barley extern. Being offered the opportunity to come back after graduation was the icing on the cake, and I didn’t hesitate to accept!” –EmmaRose Boyle, hired as an associate in January 2018 after completing an internship in 2017


Professional Development Programs

Associate Training Bank: Barley Snyder's Training Bank is a unique program that enables associates to devote a considerable amount of time to training and mentoring activities within the framework of our billable hours expectations. Our training bank program gives associates maximum exposure to useful training opportunities, including attendance and participation at hearings, depositions and transactional activities. Training bank hours are considered billable hours and count toward an associate's annual billable hour goals. The program is designed to maximize the benefits of the mentoring and training with a partner at the firm. Attorneys use training bank hours to expand their knowledge, look for new opportunities and experiences in a variety of legal areas and work with a broader array of attorneys in the firm.


“The training bank program at the firm has been a critical tool for my skillset development in becoming a well-rounded lawyer early on my career. It has allowed me to gain insightful and beneficial experience on a variety of client matters that I wouldn’t otherwise be privy to. The program gives young lawyers a chance to perform advanced client work without having to be sensitive about the amount of time they are spending on the project because ultimately, the client will not be billed for those hours, so the young lawyer can really dive into the issues. The advantages of the program really set Barley apart from other firms that a newly minted lawyer might be considering upon entering the workforce after law school.” –Brian Korman, Barley Snyder associate hired in 2016


Associate Opportunities and Experiences: While associates ultimately may specialize in distinct areas, being a well-rounded attorney with exposure to other practice areas makes for a sustainable and fulfilling career. This program is designed to encourage an associate, who is new to the legal profession, to receive a variety assignments from related practice areas during their first few years. Associates are encouraged from the time of their hire to attend mixer networking and marketing events. The associate will meet regularly with their supervisor to explore these new experiences and craft their ideal practice.

Associate Evaluation Program: The firm's philosophy is to reward top performers with merit increases that recognize superior performance, rather than a fixed compensation system for associates. Measurement against partnership criteria is also part of the evaluation process for senior associates, and is regularly reviewed with all associates. We expect the highest level of excellence from our associates, as we consider our associates to be potential future partners. Through partner supervision, mentoring and our comprehensive annual associate evaluations, our goal is to ensure that associates have the tools to understand exactly what is needed to achieve partnership.

Associate Bonus Program: The firm offers a generous bonus program which is designed as a performance incentive and reward for an associate’s hard work, business development and other contributions to the firm.

BarleyU: The firm hosts topical education sessions on everything from the latest in legal industry technology to marketing your practice.

Work Life Benefits

Employee Assistance Program: The firm offers a program to provide employees and their family members with assistance for any personal or family problem. Services are available by appointment at confidential facilities within our region.

Parking: Free parking is provided by the firm at all offices.

Paid Holidays: The firm has 10 paid holidays per calendar year.

Paid Time Off: Our lawyers are treated as professionals and, as such, the firm does not track your vacation time. The firm also encourages attorneys to utilize this time to ensure a balance between work and family. The typical vacation time taken is between three and four weeks per year. Additional time is also offered to help balance work and family time, including bereavement leave, jury duty leave, short-term disability and family medical leave.

Family Leave Time: Associates can receive up to 12 weeks of paid caregiver time for the birth or adoption of a child or placement of a foster child. This time does not have an impact on bonus or partnership consideration. To see an extended explanation of the family leave time policies, click here.

Cell Phone Reimbursement: Attorneys are eligible for up to $100 off the purchase price of one mobile device. The firm will reimburse an attorney up to $110 per month for mobile device usage for their primary device.

Community Service: The firm highly encourages community involvement from our attorneys, especially in leadership roles and nonprofit organizations throughout our footprint. The firm allots a large pool of resources each year to help those nonprofit organizations our attorneys are involved with advance their charitable efforts.

BarleyFit: Health and wellness is a priority at the firm and that includes weekly produce delivery at each office, an annual health fair, quarterly fitness competitions and free, voluntary biometric screenings for all employees.

Insurance & Retirement Plans 

Medical Coverage: The firm provides two different PPO plans to choose from, both with a significant firm contribution toward the benefit premium.

Health Savings Account: Employees that participate in the high-deductable health program may establish a Health Savings Account to pay for current eligible medical expenses on a tax-free basis.  

Life Insurance: The firm provides basic & accidental life coverage for employees and there is also an option to purchase additional coverage via payroll deduction.

Short-Term Disability Insurance: Short-term disability benefits are provided through a salary continuation plan at no cost to the attorney.

Long-Term Disability Insurance:Long-term disability coverage is offered and paid by the firm.

Dependent Care Spending Account: Employees may set aside up to the IRS maximum through payroll deduction for eligible dependent care expenses.

401(k) and Profit Sharing Plans: The firm has generous 401(k) and profit sharing plans to assist you with retirement planning. For each of the last 30 years, the firm has annually contributed a combined 7% of an associate's salary into the the retirement plans.

For more information on any of these items or for general information on the firm, please contact Jennifer Good, director of human resources, at jgood@barley.com or (717) 553-1043.