History and Background
I grew up in Friedens and attended Somerset Area High School. I am the daughter of Greg and Amy (Barron) Will of Friedens, and the granddaughter of Richard and Verna Barron of Somerset, PA. I graduated in 2005 and attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania where I majored in Political Science and Spanish. While at Susquehanna, I studied abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica and was a Big Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Central Susquehanna Valley. I graduated from Susquehanna University in 2009 with honors and was awarded Volunteer of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Susquehanna University.
Upon graduating from Susquehanna, I attended Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at Duquesne, I worked for renowned criminal defense attorney and law professor Bruce Antkowiak. I won the Pro Bono Award for public service and the Distinction in Clinical Work for the Criminal Advocacy Clinic.
Throughout my time at Susquehanna and Duquesne, I worked for the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office under Jerry Spangler and for Matthew R. Zatko, a local solo practitioner. Upon graduating from Duquesne in June 2012, I took the Pennsylvania Bar Exam in July and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in October. I immediately opened the doors to my own practice at 202 East Union Street and am happy to welcome new clients. I joined the Somerset County Bar Association in December 2012 and enjoy living and working in Somerset County once again.
I strive to be approachable and understanding and have branded my business on a black and white theme. The law may not always be black and white, but I strive to make my relationship with my clients to be clear so that they never have to worry about what I’m doing on their behalf. There’s a lot of trust involved in the attorney-client relationship and I believe in maintaining that trust and transparency.
I’m actively involved in my local community and really enjoy working with children. I think when you do something you love (like representing troubled children), it makes you want to do the best work possible.
I have an extensive network of local professionals that I refer clients to when they have needs that the legal system cannot adequately address. Local professionals have helped me throughout various points in my life and I strongly believe in giving back to the community and paying forward the kindness others have shown me.
Presently, I serve on the Friedens Lutheran Church Council and Mary S. Biesecker Library Board. I am the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Laurel Arts and Secretary of the Camp Sequanota Board of Directors. I have taken part in two mission trips to assist orphaned children in Guatemala.
I am fluent in Spanish and English. American Sign Language available by request.