2011 marks the 140th anniversary of Harrisburg law firm Nauman Smith Shissler and Hall, LLP, making it the city’s oldest law firm in continuous existence.
The firm was founded in 1871 to primarily serve the region’s railroad industry and later the banking and utility industries. The firm’s founder, Wayne McVey, was the son-in-law of Simon Cameron, a Pennsylvania politician who served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American Civil War.
Today, Nauman Smith still practices Rail and Transportation Law; Right To Know; Media, Business and Employment; Municipal and Real Estate Law; and Tax, Trusts, Estates and Litigation.
For more than 40 years, Nauman Smith has been assisting print and broadcast media in all phases of media law including Right to Know access, Sunshine Act, defamation defense, subpoenas to journalists and other government and court access issues involving local, county and state agencies. The firm has represented various media entities including The Patriot-News (Harrisburg) in landmark cases including the 2006 case allowing the newspaper to gain access to PHEAA records and the PSU/Paterno salary case. The firm's attorneys have presented seminars on media topics for Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors. Craig J. Staudenmaier, partner and chair of Nauman Smith’s Right to Know and Media Law practice group, is the current co-chair of the Bar/Press Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
"Throughout our history we have been committed to excellence in the practice of law driven by the needs of our clients," Mr. Staudenmaier said. "For our size, Nauman Smith has tremendous breadth of expertise, making us a cost-effective alternative to larger, heavily leveraged firms."
Other members of the firm include Spencer Nauman Jr.; J. Stephen Feinour; and Benjamin C. Dunlap Jr.; and associates Suzanne S. Friday and Joshua D. Bonn. The firm maintains an office in Harrisburg at 200 North Third Street.