Thomas O’Shea Named Grand Marshal of 31st Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce Thomas D. O’Shea as Grand Marshal of the 31st Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, along Market Street in downtown York.

Tom was honored and excited upon hearing the news of his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  He and his family have long enjoyed celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and attending the parade.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Tom came to York County in 1988 with his family, making his home in Spring Garden Township with his wife Kris, who was “absolutely thrilled!” to hear of her husband’s recognition.  Tom and Kris are hoping to have all their children and grandchildren with them for the parade.  Tom and Kris have raised three children—daughters Kelly and Molly, and son Brian.  They also enjoy two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Liam.

Tom has been an attorney at CGA Law Firm for over 25 years where he practices Family Law.  In addition to a successful practice, Tom has been very active over the years with the York County Bar Association, serving as president in 2003, and their charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation, serving as president of that body in 2010.  Tom also is the York County Board Representative for MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit organization which provides legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Pennsylvania.

At age 50, Tom took up running for fun and fitness.  One of his favorite things about living in the York area is having access to the York County Heritage Rail Trail, where he runs in his spare time.  Tom has run five marathons for enjoyment or charity events.  Also a cyclist, he has finished two century rides (100-miles), one on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and one around Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada border.  He is currently working on his swimming for an upcoming triathlon.

One of Tom’s true passions is his involvement with York Little Theatre.  He has been a part of the theater since his move into the area, serving on the board for 20 years, including a term as president.  He has acted in and directed many shows at YLT, and continues to do so.  Tom has found a way to combine two things he loves—theater and the law—by writing and performing in The Bar Stools, a popular musical parody show that benefits MidPenn Legal Services as well as York Little Theatre by poking good-natured fun at local lawyers & judges.

Victoria Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the York County Bar Association and Foundation, shared the following: “The York County Bar Association, and its charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation, congratulates Thomas D. O’Shea on being honored as Grand Marshal of the 2014 York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, one of our city’s most beloved events. Tom’s gift of gab is well known through his work as the writer, actor, producer, director of Legal Lines and The Bar Stools shows and, of course, in his day job as an attorney at CGA Law Firm. Tom’s Irish roots run deep in our community and make him the perfect choice to lead this very special 40 shades of green production! Slainte, Tom!!”

With a name like O’Shea, it’s no secret that Tom has deep Irish roots.  His grandfather was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, and his paternal grandmother also boasts an Irish heritage.  Her Whalen ancestors emigrated first to Manchester, England, and then on to the United States.  Tom has visited Ireland twice—once in the 90s with his wife when they traveled to Tralee and visited the church where his grandfather was baptized.  The second trip was in 2007 with his daughter, Molly.  She ran in the Dublin Marathon that year, which is what got Tom thinking about giving running a try himself.

Tom has received many awards for his involvement with the Bar and York Little Theatre, and was the 2010 recipient of the Richard E. Kohler Civility and Ethics Award from the Inn of Court.  Tom’s dedication to the people of York County and his contributions to local theater make him a fantastic choice for Grand Marshal, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Andrew Paxton, parade committee member and fellow attorney, remarked that, “Tom is an excellent choice as Grand Marshal for the YSPDP.  He is very active in the community, and I am happy the Committee chose to acknowledge and celebrate Tom’s extensive civic contributions and his Irish Heritage.” – See more at:

Giving Back to Our Community

York, PA – Just as you, we are committed to serving the community in which we live. Here is a look back on our involvement and the ways we gave back in 2013 through a combination of donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism.

First Friday’s at CGA equals Jeans for Charity, an initiative created to raise dollars for local charitable organizations and causes. With a small donation, members of our staff and attorneys leave their professional attire at home for the day and wear jeans to the office. Last year, donations from our Jeans for Charity Initiative totaled over $3,000.

From our attorneys to our staff, you’ll find us involved in the community with teams participating in Bowl for Kids Sake, to rocking out on stage for Kids Rock, and even sporting high heels for Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. We also volunteer our time and serve on the board of directors for numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Attorney Brent C. Diefenderfer Elected as Shareholder

York, PA – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce attorney Brent C. Diefenderfer has been elected a member of the firm.  “Brent is a highly skilled and talented attorney.  We are fortunate that he has chosen to practice among us at CGA,” said Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, firm President.

Brent represents individuals and businesses in debt restructuring and bankruptcy and advises his clients on strategies that are appropriate to their unique situation.  These strategies may include bankruptcy under Chapters 7, 11 and 13, creditor negotiation, mortgage loan modification or real estate short sale. Certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC) as a consumer bankruptcy specialist, Brent is one of only 25 attorneys to be certified in the Commonwealth.

Brent also provides legal counsel on estate planning, asset protection, residential real estate transactions and civil litigation. He advises businesses on entity formation, commercial leases, purchase agreements and asset acquisitions.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Brent served four years as an active-duty Army Officer and Judge Advocate (JAG) Attorney and deployed to Iraq for one year with the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles”. He received his J.D. in 2004 from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.

Alan C. Green Joins CGA Law Firm

YORK, PA – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Alan C. Green has joined the firm as an associate.  His legal practice will focus on representing clients in all areas of civil litigation.

He received his Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Articles Editor for the Penn State Law Review.  Alan received his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Clark University.  He also received a Master’s degree in philosophy from American University.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Alan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Harry M. Ness in the Court of Common Pleas of York County, Pennsylvania.  During his clerkship, he handled matters involving civil litigation, family law, and dependency.

Alan is an active member of the York County Bar Association, where he serves on the Publications Board.  He is also a member of the Young Lawyer’s Division.

Attorney Craig S. Sharnetzka Named to Central PA’s Forty Under 40

York, PA – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Craig S. Sharnetzka has been selected as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 award recipients for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service.

A shareholder with CGA Law Firm, Craig is a leader at the firm where he chairs the Municipal Law practice group and serves as solicitor to a number of local municipalities.  His legal practice focuses on municipal law, real estate, bankruptcy and estate planning and administration.

He is also a leader in the community, contributing his time and legal knowledge to serve organizations such as the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund, the York County Bar Association, and the American Red Cross York / Adams Chapter.  He also devotes his skills and talents to those who cannot afford legal representation through his pro bono work.  He has been recognized for his pro bono contributions from both the York County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. In the legal community, Craig has been selected to the list of Rising Stars in 2006, 2010, and 2013 by the research team at Super Lawyers.

As an award winner, Craig will be recognized at an event on Wednesday, October 16 at the Hilton Harrisburg, as well as in a publication to be inserted in the October 17 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.

Zachary E. Nahass Joins CGA

YORK, PA – CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce that Attorney Zachary E. Nahass has joined the firm as an associate.  His legal practice focuses on the areas of business, labor and employment law, civil litigation, and school law with an emphasis on special education.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Zach owned a private practice in Maryland advising small businesses and individuals in the hospitality and food and beverage industries.  He also spent several years as a litigation associate in a boutique litigation firm advocating for his clients’ civil rights.

Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Zach completed his Juris Doctorate from The American University, Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, where he was a member of The Administrative Law Review.   He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Attorney Timothy J. Bupp Talks Estate Planning with Central Penn Business Journal

Attorney Timothy J. Bupp, a shareholder with CGA Law Firm recently spoke with the Central Penn Business Journal on estate planning.  Published in the December 21, 2012 edition, Attorney Bupp is featured in Behind the List.  In the article, he discusses the estate taxes set to expire the beginning of 2013. A copy of the article in its entirety can be found here.

Attorney Timothy J. Bupp co-chairs the firm’s estate planning and administration practice group where his legal practice utilizes his advanced degrees in business administration and taxation law to counsel individuals and businesses in estate and wealth transfer planning, business succession planning, and tax planning.  Attorney Bupp is an ACCREDITED ESTATE PLANNER® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.  He regularly assists clients with Wills and estate planning, elder law issues, estate probate and trust administration, and related tax issues.  Attorney Bupp has practiced extensively in the orphans court, and has assisted clients in resolving estate disputes, probate claims, will contests, trust litigation, guardianships and similar matters.

CGA Law Firm’s Estate Planning Practice Recognized

CGA Law Firm has been recognized as the top estate planning firm in Central Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal.

The list, published on December 21, 2012, identified the number of estate planning practitioners within the law firm and the percentage of workload that involves estate planning matters.  The estate planning attorneys at CGA Law Firm perform a broad spectrum of legal services in the areas of income, gift, estate planning and administration, generation-skipping transfers and financial planning.

CGA Law Firm’s estate planning and administration department, headed by Attorney Timothy J. Bupp, has eighteen attorneys and four paralegals handling the legal needs of individuals, families, and business owners in estate planning and business succession matters.

Members of the CGA estate planning team hold advance degrees in tax law (master in laws – taxation) and are well suited for advising clients on the ever changing estate tax laws and how it will impact an estate.  Members also have certification in estate planning and pension law taxation.


Student Art Contest – Winners Announced

York, PA (June 2013) – The winners of CGA Law Firm’s student art contest were announced by Jeffrey L. Rehmeyer II, firm president, during First Friday on June 7, 2013.  The winners are as follows:

In the category of Grade 10th – 12th, Laurel Lindt, a 17 year old in 11th grade, was the winner with her painting titled “Extraordinary Reality”.  A palette knife painting she created in her painting class, this piece is a study on color in place of value. Laurel also selected as the “People’s Choice” with the most votes.

Caroline Winkle, a 15 year old in 9th grade, was the winner in the category of Grade 7th – 9th with her drawing of an “Artist’s Eye”.  This picture was done in Conte/charcoal pencil and is a look into the artist herself.

The “Owl” created by Kellie Hamme, an 11 year old in 6th grade, was the winner selected for Grade 4th – 6th.  Her watercolor piece was created using different techniques; bubble wrap, salt and pastel chalk.

Eight year old, Brandon Gwinn in second grade was the winner in category Grade K – 3rd with his artwork titled “Blue Bird”.  This piece of art is a drawing of a blue bird perched on a branch.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges from the community – Kevin Lenkner, executive director of YorkArts, Sonia Huntzinger, executive director of Downtown Inc., and Mandy Arnold, president of Gavin Advertising.  Judging was held on June 6, 2013 at the CGA Professional Center.  The entries were judged based on originality, artistic merit and creativity.

Attorney Brent C. Diefenderfer Graduates Leadership York Program

York, PA (June 2013) – Brent C. Diefenderfer, an associate with CGA Law Firm, recently graduated Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program (LTP) in a ceremony held on May 22 at The York Jewish Community Center. This year’s class represented a wide variety of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and institutions from throughout York County.

Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, attorney Diefenderfer represents individuals and businesses in debt restructuring and bankruptcy and advises his clients on strategies that are appropriate to their unique situation.  These strategies may include bankruptcy under Chapters 7, 11 and 13, creditor negotiation, mortgage loan modification or real estate short sale. Brent also provides legal counsel on estate planning, asset protection, residential real estate transactions and civil litigation. He advises businesses on entity formation, commercial leases, purchase agreements and asset acquisitions.

LTP is a nine-month, experiential course that educates participants about York County history and community issues. Participants discover their style and learn to work effectively with others by fine-tuning their leadership skills, enhancing their knowledge, and receiving guidance in choosing and applying for a board, elected, or appointed position. LTP provides access to additional opportunities for partnerships and new business relationships.

Leadership York’s mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts over 2,700 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to over 200 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. Leadership York is the primary resource for developing inspired leadership for our changing community. For more information, visit

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