In Memoriam

Gary M. Gilbert (1940-2022)

Gary Gilbert, Jon Countess, and Pete Andrews founded Countess, Gilbert, Andrews in 1967. They grew the firm from a small office on Market Street to a custom-designed office on Duke Street to their present location in the CGA Professional Center on George Street, where the firm was rebranded to CGA Law Firm. CGA currently has over 70 employees with offices in York, East Berlin, and Hanover. Gary was incredibly proud of CGA and continued to practice law until he passed away in January 2022.

Corporate law was the primary focus of Gary’s legal practice and he had many businesses that were his loyal clients for decades. He successfully negotiated many mergers, acquisitions, and generational transfers of business ownership and participated in numerous leveraged buyout transactions that made it possible to keep viable businesses in the York area and sustain local employment opportunities. Gary represented developers of residential, commercial, and industrial projects, and real estate brokerage firms. Gary was able to counsel his clients on matters pertaining to the purchase and sale of assets, business valuations, transfers of stock, buy-sell agreements, and contractual matters.

Gary served on many boards, holding a leadership position or providing legal counsel to help and serve others, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association (House of Delegates); the York County Bar Association (former President); The Stewart Companies (Board of Directors); Esophageal Cancer Action Network (Executive Board); National Kidney Foundation York Chapter (Legal Counsel); Byrnes Health Education Center (Board of Directors); and the Valparaiso University National Business Council (Board of Directors).

Read Gary’s obituary HERE.

Learn more about Gary HERE.

Jon C. Countess (1934-2014)

Jon Countess was one of the founders of CGA Law Firm and practiced law for 50 years. Immediately after graduating from Dickinson law school in 1965, he began practicing with Laucks & Monroe, which eventually became CGA Law Firm. He always knew that his primary draw to the legal profession was to meet interesting people and to help them solve their problems. Jon passed away in 2014, but during his years at CGA Law Firm, he focused on estate planning and administration, municipal law, real estate law, and corporate and business law.

Jon specialized in meeting both the personal and professional needs of his clients. He often worked with small businesses and professionals to provide both business succession planning and personal estate planning or administration. He attributed his success to taking the time to get to know his clients, their families, and their goals. He crafted solutions that were tailored to their circumstances. His experience included:

  • Estate and tax planning/compliance
  • Probate administration
  • Trust administration
  • Municipal law
  • Business, land and asset acquisitions and sales
  • Leases and general business contracts
  • Family transition/succession planning

Jon was a supporter and participant of numerous civic, social, and business organizations throughout his life. He served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services (now SpiriTrust Lutheran), the York Symphony Orchestra, and the York County Bar Association. He was chairman of the Attorneys Section of the United Way of York and served as Vice President on the Board of Governors for the Country Club of York. Jon also served as Solicitor for York County Recorder of Deeds Office for 15 years.

Read Jon’s obituary HERE.

Learn more about Jon HERE.