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Brian W. Perry

Managing Partner

Mr. Perry is a 1987 graduate of Towanda Area High School, Towanda, Pennsylvania. In 1991, Mr. Perry graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. He majored in History with a dual minor in English and Government and Law. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society. While at Lafayette, Mr. Perry was a Dean’s List student, member of the varsity football team, student council, student/faculty committee on athletics, campus tour guide, and Zeta Psi Fraternity.

Mr. Perry earned his law degree (J.D.) in 1994 from New England Law/Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. In law school, Mr. Perry was employed at Coyne and Gottlieb, a litigation/labor law firm. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Jeffrey A. Smith, President Judge of the Bradford County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas.

From 1994 through 1997, Mr. Perry was employed as a Dauphin County (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Deputy District Attorney. He prosecuted hundreds of cases involving all types of crimes, including adult and child sexual abuse, felony drug cases, robbery/burglary, driving under the influence of alcohol, and criminal homicide.

In 1997, Mr. Perry joined Nealon & Gover, P.C. In 2000, Mr. Perry earned a partnership in the firm. In 2008, the firm became Gover, Perry, and Shore. Finally, in 2012, the firm transitioned into Perry, Shore, Weisenberger & Zemlock.  He is the majority owner and managing partner of the firm.

For over 20 years, Mr. Perry has handled all types of state and federal criminal cases. In state court, he has defended thousands of clients charged with crimes such as homicide, rape, aggravated assault, felony drug offenses, armed robbery, child abuse, theft and driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. Mr. Perry is one of a select number of attorneys who has served as lead trial counsel in two complete death penalty trials. He has been lead trial counsel in over 150 jury and non-jury trials.  In federal court, Mr. Perry has defended individuals charged in large scale drug distribution operations, possession of child pornography, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.  He has represented numerous high profile clients in both state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania, including a police officer acquitted of homicide, a Penn State University administrator charged with perjury-related offenses, and businessman accused of bribing state officials.   Mr. Perry has argued appellate cases before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts, the Federal 3rd Circuit of Appeals, and Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.

Mr. Perry is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (PACDL). He is admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas and within the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Federal Court. He sat on the board of directors for Dauphin County Pretrial Services for 10 years. He lectures frequently on various criminal law topics for Widener University School of Law, Penn State School of Law, Carlisle Campus, Harrisburg Area Community College, York College of Pennsylvania, and The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Criminal Law Symposium), and PACDL. He has also lectured for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit, Dickinson College, Camp Hill School District, Towanda Area School District and Manheim Township School District.

From 2008-2012, Mr. Perry served as a Dauphin County Juvenile Hearing Examiner/Master under Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoover, and Dauphin County Judges John F. Cherry and Bernard L. Coates. He was first appointed to the position in 2008 by Dauphin County President Judge Richard A. Lewis.

In 2014, he was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s prestigious Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.  In 2017, Mr. Perry was re-appointed to serve a second term.  He is the chairman-elect of the Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania (1995)
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania (1997)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit (1998)

Education

  • Towanda Area High School, Towanda, PA (1987)
  • Lafayette College, Easton, PA, Bachelor of Arts (BA) (1991)
  • Major:  History
  • Minors:  English, Government and Law
  • New England Law/Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, Juris Doctorate (JD) (1994)

Published Works

  • Jury Duty, Bradford County Law Journal, Volume I, No. 46 (1993)
  • Lecturer, “How to Run a Criminal Law Practice”, with Steven Fairlie, Esquire, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2009)
  • Lecturer, “A Step by Step Guide to Handling Sexually Violent Predator Cases”, with Sean McCormack, Esquire and Deborah Curcillo, Esquire, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2004-2008)
  • Lecturer, “Prosecuting and Defending Cases in the Mandatory Minimum Era”, with Kristen Weisenberger, Esquire, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2010)
  • Lecturer, “Common Sense Trial Defenses in Narcotics Cases”, PACDL, State College, PA (2010)
  • Lecturer, “How to be an effective advocate and not end up hating the other side”, (Co-author with Sean M. McCormack, and the Hon. Deborah Essis Curcillo), Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2011)
  • Lecturer, “Sentencing (Federal) Drugs and Guns: Mandatories, Enhancements and Predicates”, with Royce L. Morris, Esquire, PACDL, “For the Experienced”, Gettysburg, PA (2013)
  • Lecturer, “Media in High Profile Criminal Cases”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, with Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed (2014)
  • Lecturer, “The Business Side of Practicing Criminal Defense,” with Stephen Colafella, Esquire, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2015)
  • Lecturer, “The Art of Setting, Memorializing and Collecting Fees in Criminal Cases,” with Steven Fairlie, Esquire, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Criminal Law Symposium (2016)
  • Lecturer, “The Defense Perspective,” Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, Capital Litigation Training (2017)

Honors and Awards

  • Harrisburg Magazine, Reader’s Choice Criminal Defense Attorney (2016)
  • Harrisburg Magazine, Reader’s Choice Criminal Defense Attorney (2012)
  • Harrisburg Magazine, Reader’s Choice Criminal Defense Attorney (2011)
  • Harrisburg Magazine, Reader’s Choice Criminal Defense Attorney (2006)
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Super Lawyer (2012-present) (top 5% of all criminal defense lawyers)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2012-present)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer (2014-present)
  • Harrisburg Magazine, Local Legal Leaders (2016)
  • Pennsylvania Top 10% Client Satisfaction Award (2014-present)
  • Philadelphia Magazine, Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania (2016-present)
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best (2014-present)
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine, Select Lawyer (2014-present)
  • Lawyers of Distinction, Top 10% in the United States (2017)
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys, Premier 100 Trial Attorney (2015-present)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top 1% (2015-present)
  • Top American Lawyers, Top 1% of Nation’s Lawyers (2017)
  • Lafayette College Alumni Association Chapter Support Person of the Year (2008)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • PACDL, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Pre-Trial Services, Board of Directors
  • Camp Hill Baseball Association, Legal Counsel (2004-present)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Criminal Procedural Rules Committee (2014-present)

Past Employment Positions

  • Dauphin County DA’s Office, Deputy DA (1994-1997)
  • Coyne & Gottlieb, Law Clerk (1992-1994)
  • Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Law Clerk (1991-1992)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Downtown Daily Bread, Pine St. Presbyterian Church, HBG, Saturday meal volunteer coordinator (2004-2007)
  • Camp Hill Little League, Head Coach (2006-2013)
  • Camp Hill Little League, 10 year old all-star team Head Coach (2013)
  • Camp Hill Little League, Coach Pitch Division Commissioner (2009-2011)
  • Camp Hill Recreation Department, Head Youth Basketball Coach and coach’s coordinator (2007-2013)
  • YMCA Youth Basketball Coach (2005-2007)
  • Lower Paxton Recreation Department Outdoor Summer basketball league Coach (2008-2011)
  • Camp Hill Little Lions Football Camp Coach/Sponsor (2009-present)
  • Camp Hill Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach (2013-2016)
  • Central PA Elite, Assistant AAU Basketball Coach (2014-2016)
  • Camp Hill High School, Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach (2016-present)

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Zeta Psi

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