The Law Firm of Mogel, Speidel, Bobb and Kershner
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Pennsylvania Law Firm Attorneys Practiced Zoning and Land Use Law, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure, Municipal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Estate Planning and Administration in Reading, PA

George F. Baer

George F. BaerBorn in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, September 26, 1842, George F. Baer studied at the Somerset Institute and the Somerset Academy. He attended Franklin & Marshall College until the Civil War broke out, and then with his brother Henry purchased the Somerset Democrat. Mr. Baer edited and published the newspaper until August, 1862, when he served in the army as a Captain in Company E, 133 Pegt., P.V.I. until 1863. He was admitted to practice law in Somerset in 1864, and on January 22, 1868, he was admitted to the Berks County Bar Association. In 1886 Franklin & Marshall College conferred a Doctor of Laws on Mr. Baer. In addition to his legal and business endeavors, Mr. Baer erected the first large modern fire-proof office building in 1900 adjoining the rear of his law office building at 518 Washington Street. The 7-story building stands at the corner of Court and Church Streets, and originally the Reading Iron Company occupied the first two floors. Mr. Baer and his wife Emily Kimmel had five children, and the Baer family home located at 15th Street and Mineral Spring Road is now a nursing home. Mr. Baer died in Philadelphia on April 16, 1914. Additional information is available in the Law Firm History.

Jefferson Snyder

Jefferson SnyderBorn in Exeter township on November 16, 1848, Jefferson Snyder graduated from the Freeland Seminary (now Ursinus College) as well as Lafayette College as valedictorian in 1872. He studied under George F. Baer, and later became his assistant and his partner. Mr. Snyder was admitted to practice law on August 9, 1875, and he was recognized by the Supreme and Superior Courts as one of the leading lawyers of the State Bar. Mr. Snyder married Anna Lizzie Lager, and they had three children, Mary, Thomas Lager and John Kendig. His son T. Lager joined the firm in 1902, and Mr. Snyder passed away in the summer of 1926.

Philip S. Zieber

Philip S. ZieberPhilip S. Zieber was born in Reading on June 30, 1861. He attended Reading High School and was the 1876 valedictorian. Mr. Zieber graduated from Lafayette College in June, 1881, and he was admitted to the Bar on November 10, 1884. Mr. Zieber married Annie Gillespie Fry, and he died on July 2, 1940.

Thomas Lager Snyder

Thomas Iaeger SnyderBorn in Reading, T. Lager Snyder attended Princeton University Law School and was admitted to the Berks County Bar Association in 1902. The son of Jefferson Snyder, he was well-respected in the legal community and kept his favorite rocking chair in the firm library. Mr. Snyder married Carrie F. Snyder, and died in 1955.

George Balmer

George BalmerBorn in Reading on February 2, 1902, George B. Balmer was a 1919 graduate of Reading Boys High School. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1923 and from Harvard Law School in 1926. He was admitted to the Berks County Bar Association on October 13, 1926, and he served as Bar President for the 1949-50 term and Bar Director in 1950-51. Mr. Balmer served as President of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College, and he received an honorary Doctor of Letters of Law from Muhlenberg College in 1950. Mr. Balmer was considered a scholar by his peers, and he was often seen with his favorite pipe. A strong believer in lawyers devoting time to community affairs and projects, Mr. Balmer served 30 consecutive years as President of the Volunteer Fireman's Relief Association of Reading. He also actively served on the boards of the Reading Hospital, Berks History Center, Reading Automobile Club, Charles Evans Cemetery, YMCA and Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading. Mr. Balmer and his wife Lillian (Lilly) had two children, Mary and George F. Mr. Balmer was an AV rated attorney, and he died on August 27, 1969.

George A. Kershner

George A. KershnerBorn in Reading on October 27, 1907, George A. Kershner was a 1925 graduate of Reading Boys High School. He graduated from Lafayette College and received an LL.B. from The University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Kershner was registered with the Bar in 1932, and he joined the firm of Zieber and Snyder as an associate that same year. Mr. Kershner served as Bar Secretary for the 1935-36 term, and he also served as President of the Endlich Law Club. Mr. Kershner concentrated in the business field of the law, and he was described by partner George Balmer as the "best draftsman I ever knew." He married Ina Taylor High, and they had three children, Edwin H., Carolyn L. and David H. His son Edwin later joined the firm in 1961. Mr. Kershner was an AV rated attorney, and he died on December 8, 1969.

Carl F. Mogel

Carl F. MogelCarl R. Mogel was born in Reading on July 16, 1919, and he attended Wyomissing Area High School. He graduated from Albright College with a B.S. in Economics and received an LL.B from The University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Mogel was admitted to the Berks County Bar Association in 1944. He served in many positions on the Bar including Bar President in 1975. He married Kass Betz and they had three children, Peter, David, and Frederick R. His son Frederick joined the firm in 1980. Mr. Mogel served on many non-profit boards, and he was a Sunday School teacher at Atonement Lutheran Church for over 60 years. Mr. Mogel practiced law for 50 years, passing away on June 21, 1994.

Harry W. Speidel
Harry W. Speidel Born in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, March 30, 1920, Mr. Speidel attended public schools in Muhlenberg Township and graduated in 1938. He received an A.B. from Dickinson College in 1942 and an LL.B. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1947. During World War II, Mr. Speidel served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in China, Burma and India as a Navigator/Co-Pilot with the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force. Upon his discharge from USAAF in 1945, he accepted a commission in the USAAF (later USAF) Reserve from which he retired with the rank of Colonel in 1974 after 32 years of service. Mr. Speidel has been associated with the firm since his admission to the Bar in 1948. During that time, he served as director of several local business and non-profit corporations including Eastern Radio Corporation (WHUM), Orr & Sembrower, Reading Merchant Oil Co., The Wyomissing Club and the Board of Censors of the Berks County Bar Association. Mr. Speidel practiced in the areas of business, probate and real property. He resides with his wife in Wernersville.

Donald K. Bobb
Donald K. Bobb Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1929, Mr. Bobb is a 1947 graduate of Reading High School. He was awarded an A.B. in 1951 by Lafayette College and an LL.B. in 1956 by The University of Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the Berks County Bar Association in 1957. Mr. Bobb served as an infantry communications officer in Korea (1952-53.) A past president of the Berks County Bar Association, he sat as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates for eight years. Elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1983, Mr. Bobb practiced in the areas of probate, trust and estate planning, and he was an AV rated attorney. Mr. Bobb resides with his wife in Wyomissing.

Edwin H. Kershner

Edwin H. Kershner Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1936, Mr. Kershner is a lifelong resident of Berks County, having graduated in 1954 from Womelsdorf High School. He was awarded a B.A. in 1958 by Wesleyan University and an LL.B. in 1961 by the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the Bar in 1961.

He is a past president of the Berks County Bar Association. Mr. Kershner maintained a Womelsdorf office on Wednesday afternoons and evenings, and he practiced primarily in the areas of estate and trust administration and planning, business and real estate law. Mr. Kershner was an AV rated attorney and resides in Wyomissing. Read more about Edwin H. Kershner's 50 years as lawyer witnessed a changing Bar Association.

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