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Nauman Smith secures public records victory for news media client seeking tax revenues generated in the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone

The Commonwealth Court has issued an order and opinion affirming that total tax revenues generated by certain taxes levied in the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone (“NIZ”) are public records. This will allow the public to discern which taxes have had the most impact on the revitalization of Allentown’s downtown.    State and local taxes collected from the NIZ are used to repay debt service and bonds issued by the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority to fund various economic development projects within the zone… Read On

Nauman Smith Named Best Law Firm

Harrisburg, PA – Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP, approaching 150 years of practicing law, has once again been recognized as a “Best Law Firm,” in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  This is the eighth consecutive year Nauman Smith has received this recognition.  Firms included among the 2021 “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers… Read On

Nauman Smith Prepares to Celebrate 150 Years – Unveils New Logo and Website

As the firm approaches 150 years in practice in 2021, the firm renewed its commitment to providing quality legal work, practical solutions and personal attention. This year, despite the challenges of a pandemic, Nauman Smith completed a lengthy strategic planning process designed to help the firm prepare for the evolving legal needs of businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations in south central Pennsylvania… Read On

Nauman Smith Green Phase Notice

On June 19, Dauphin County moved to the ‘green phase’ under the Governor’s Executive Order.  We at Nauman Smith remain, as we have throughout this crisis, prepared to serve our clients’ needs through all phases of the COVID pandemic.  As before, our focus is serving the legal needs of our clients to the fullest extent possible while still respecting the health and safety of our staff and clients… Read On

Nauman Smith Yellow Phase Notice

As of May 29, Dauphin County, where our offices are located, moved from red to yellow status per Governor Wolf’s directives for COVID-19 mitigation.  Even in the yellow phase, those businesses/individuals which are able to work remotely are still advised to do so.  As you are aware, the attorneys and staff of Nauman Smith have been working remotely since March 19… Read On

Nauman Smith Remote Work Announcement

Beginning Friday, March 20, Nauman Smith has temporarily closed its physical office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done both in response to Governor Wolf’s Order and to further protect the health and safety of our staff and clients. Serving Nauman Smith’s clients with responsive, quality legal advice geared to each client’s specific goals and needs will continue to be our central mission during these difficult days… Read On

Commonwealth Court Opens Door for Increased Notice Requirements under the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law

The Commonwealth Court may have added a new hurdle to the efficacy of Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know Law (“RTKL”).  In July 2019, the Commonwealth Court remanded a case back to the Office of Open Records (“OOR”) involving disclosure of emails held by West Chester University of Pennsylvania (“WCU”).[1]  A student of WCU requested emails pertaining to an Office of Student Conduct Case in which he was involved. … Read On

Pennsylvania’s New Plan to Fund State Police: How Municipalities are Affected

In his February 2019 budget address, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed, for the third time since taking office, that municipalities which rely solely on the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for their police presence should be required to start paying a fee to fund these services. According to the York Dispatch, PSP is the only police presence within 1,291 of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities… Read On

Nauman Smith Named Best Law Firm

Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP has received Tier 1 rankings in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law prac­tice and breadth of legal expertise… Read On

Spencer G. Nauman, Jr. Featured in the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Oral History Project

Spencer G. Nauman, Jr. was recently featured in the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Oral History Project. A practicing attorney for almost 60 years, Spencer has spent his entire career at Nauman Smith, where his father, Spencer G. Nauman, Sr. also worked.  Spencer is also related to one of the firm’s three founding partners, Lyman D. Gilbert… Read On


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