Gary M. Gilbert

Of Counsel | Shareholder | Attorney


Gary Gilbert – (Of Counsel) is a founder of CGA Law Firm℠. In 1967 he began practicing with Laucks & Monroe, which eventually became CGA Law Firm. Based on his education and personal experiences, Gary is skilled in dealing with business matters. Through his participation in a number of boards, he developed a keen understanding of how business owners think and how to meet their needs. For more than 40 years he has honed these skills to serve his clients. Gary believes his success hinges on his ability to become a trusted advisor.

Gary is particularly experienced in business sales and transfers and succession planning. Many of his clients are family-owned and closely-held businesses. Gary works with them to ensure optimum terms for the transfer of business interests to the next generation, including consideration of family dynamics to minimize conflicts. He has considerable knowledge regarding ongoing business counseling and in the transfer of business interests. Gary is able to counsel his clients on matters pertaining to the purchase and sale of assets, business valuation, transfer of stocks, buy-sell agreements and contractual matters.

In addition, Gary draws on the expertise of other attorneys and resources within CGA Law Firm to ensure his clients receive the advice they need on matters such as tax planning, estate planning and administration, family law and bankruptcy. He is experienced in tailoring partnership and operating agreements within IRS guidelines to facilitate tax-advantaged transfers of business interests.

Representative Matters

  • Represented non-publicly held business interests for more than 30 years and successfully negotiating many mergers, acquisitions and generational transfers of business ownership
  • Participated in numerous leveraged buyout transactions that made it possible to keep viable businesses in the York area, which helped to sustain local employment opportunities
  • Assisted in the purchase, sale or ownership transfer of major local businesses, including clients in the following industries: automotive, heavy machinery, trucking, dairy and food products, steel fabrication, mining, construction, manufacturing, apparel, sporting equipment, real estate, insurance and healthcare
  • Represented developers of residential, commercial and industrial projects, and real estate brokerage firms

Representative Clients

  • York Building Products
  • Apple Motor Group
  • Sunrise Holdings
  • Stewart and Tate
  • Heidler Roofing
  • Strine Printing
  • Manchester Industries

Gary served as an officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard and as assistant district attorney for York County. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and former chairman of the Stewart Companies’ Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of the York Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation and the Byrnes Health Education Center. He also served on the Business Counsel Board for the Valparaiso University Business School. Currently, Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN).

Direct Phone Number

(717) 718-3969

Community Involvement
  • Former Assistant District Attorney – York County
  • Pennsylvania National Guard
  • National Kidney Foundation – York Chapter Legal Counsel and founding member
  • Susan P. Brynes Health Education Center – Former Board of Directors
  • Valparaiso University National Business Council – Board of Directors
  • Esophageal Cancer Awareness Network (ECAN) – Board of Directors
  • William Penn High School
  • J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law – 1962
  • B.A., Economics, and Finance – Valparaiso University – 1960
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – House of Delegates
  • York County Bar Association, former President
  • Former York County Assistant District Attorney
  • Pennsylvania National Guard
  • Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Board of Directors
  • National Kidney Foundation, York Chapter, Legal Counsel
  • Susan P. Brynes Health Education Center, Board of Directors
  • Valparaiso University National Business Council, Board of Directors
Industry Segments
  • Non-Public Business Groups
  • Small and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Corporations
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Real Estate Developers