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Three Legacies, One Firm: Focused on Solutions

Three Legacies, One Firm: Focused on Solutions

For over 40 years, the legacies of three Central Pennsylvania law firms have grown in parallel.   Throughout this time, each firm has seen not only the evolution of the legal profession, but the inevitable change that time brings — new partnerships are formed, children are born who grow into the family business, and the generational torch is passed, beginning the cycle anew. 

Despite these changes, each of these firms has a constant, common thread: values that include hard work, integrity, responsiveness, and a focus on solutions for the client. The founding of these firms 40 years ago also had a common thread, a moment where mutual respect between professionals leads to an affirmation; “We can do this better together”.

It is with great excitement that in 2022, the firms Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch; Griest Himes Herrold Reynosa; and MPL Law Firm will see this moment realized once again.  The merging of these three firms will provide more comprehensive solutions for our clients, multiply an already deep bench of talent at each firm, and bring some of the most experienced minds together in the Central Pennsylvania legal profession.  Where legacies once grew in parallel, we are now proud to be stronger together.  The new chapter for MPL Law Firm brings together three legacies as one firm, focused on solutions for our clients in the years to come.

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Our History

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Attorneys Bill Poole and John Miller

MPL Law Firm was founded as Miller & Poole, with the original address being 139 E. Philadelphia Street. As with many firms during that era, Miller & Poole provided legal services in almost every practice area, with a focus on Estate Planning and Municipal Law. Shortly after, Mike Bortner joined the firm, and the name became Miller, Poole & Bortner.

Gerald Lord joins the firm, changing the name to Miller, Poole & Lord. Lord’s addition to the firm adds Criminal Defense experience, expanding the firm’s practice area capabilities.  He would remain at the firm until 2014.

Miller, Poole & Lord expands significantly with the addition of Andrew J. Miller and Richard Robinson as Partners at the firm. Andy’s addition to the firm focused on Business, Real Estate, and Municipal Law. Rick’s addition to the firm focused on Criminal Defense.

Miller, Poole & Lord remodels the buildings at 135-137 E. Philadelphia St. and moves the firm next door. They would remain at this address until 2021.

Christian Miller Business Attorney

Christian Miller joins MPL Law Firm as an Associate in August of 2009. His addition to the firm focuses on business formation, planning, negotiations, acquisitions, and planning.

Miller, Poole & Lord changes their name and branding to MPL Law Firm, adopting the colors and logo known today.

Christian Miller becomes a Partner at MPL Law Firm. Bill Poole leaves full-time partner status at MPL Law Firm. He remains Of Counsel at the firm.

James Sanders, Business Attorney

James Sanders joins MPL Law Firm and becomes partner in 2020. James’s addition to the firm is the business law practice. James brings a wealth of prior business experience as a former business owner, corporate strategist and Wall Street Analyst. 

Erik Spurlin joins MPL Law Firm as a Partner, focusing on Estate Planning and Elder Law. MPL Law Firm moves from 137 E. Philadelphia St. to its current location at 96 S George Street, 5th Floor.

MPL Law Firm; Greist, Herrold, Himes & Reynosa; and Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch merge as MPL Law Firm. The merger of these three firms brings decades of legal experience and legacies together, expanding practice area capabilities, while maintaining the focus on solutions that has been a hallmark of each firm’s history.

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Albert G. “Bud” Blakey, III leaves the judge’s bench to practice as an attorney, joining Donald Yost, David Bupp, Don Hoyt, David Schaumann and Fred Kilgore. The firm name becomes Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Kilgore, LLP, providing legal support in a variety of areas with a focus on Business Law. The original office space was at 42 E. King Street, York, PA.

The firm has a Baltimore design firm redesign the original commercial building at 17 E. Market Street, York PA., previously a restaurant. The redesigned space would become the home of Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP for over 30 years.

Bradley J. Leber

Brad Leber passes the Bar and joins the firm as an associate.  His addition brings a fresh sense of business savvy and management to the firm.

Ccharles A. Rausch

Charles A. Rausch joins the firm as partner. The firm name becomes Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch.  Attorney Rausch brings a wide range of legal experience to the firm, from Land Use and Zoning, to Real Estate, Business Law, and Mediation.

John J. Baranski

John Baranski, Jr. joins Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch. He brings a wide range of experience to the firm, including Real Estate Law, Municipal Law, Collections, and General Civil Litigation.

David A. Mills

David Mills joins Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch as partner. David’s addition bolster’s the firm’s experience in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Estate Litigation, and Civil Suits.

Albert G. Blakey publishes “Before and After Death: An Effective Guide to Help You Put Your Affairs in Order and Manage an Estate.

Bradley J. Leber

Following a two-year leave working in-house for a premier client, Brad re-joins Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch, LLP as Managing Partner of the firm. His emphasis on responsiveness and client service fits seamlessly with the needs of this role for the firm.

MPL Law Firm; Greist, Herrold, Himes & Reynosa; and Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch merge as MPL Law Firm. The merger of these three firms brings decades of legal experience and legacies together, expanding practice area capabilities, while maintaining the focus on solutions that has been a hallmark of each firm’s history.

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Griest Himes is formed by founding partners Laurence “Tip” Himes, Jr. and Russell Griest. The firm is located at 128 E. King Street, York PA and is a General Practice law firm.  Shortly after, Greg Gettle joins the firm, focusing on Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning, and General Practice. The firm becomes Griest Himes Gettle.

John Herrold joins the firm as Partner, bolstering the firm’s General Practice capabilities with a focus on Wills and Estates, Municipal Law, and Real Estate. Shortly after, Michael Brillhart joins the firm as Partner. The firm becomes Griest Himes Gettle Brillhart Herrold.

Suzanne Griest, daughter of founding partner Russell Griest, joins the firm as an associate. She would become Partner in the firm in 1985. The firm relocates to 129 E. Market Street, York PA. This move expands the space available to accommodate the growing practice.

MIchael Brillhart leaves the firm when he is elected to the bench as Judge.

Harry R. Swift (better known as Ron Swift) joins the firm as Partner, focused on Business Law.  He would leave the firm in 1997 and later went on to become legal counsel for People’s Bank.

David Schaumann joins the firm, focusing on Business Law and Real Estate Law.  He would stay with the firm until 2014.

Chris Ferro joins the firm, focused on Criminal Law. He would stay with the firm until 2011.

Heather Z. Reynosa

Heather Reynosa joins the firm, focused on Family Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, and Appelate Practice. 

Scott E. Lineberry

Scott Lineberry joins the firm, focused on Criminal Law.

Andy Herrold, son of Partner John Herrold, joins the firm after nine years of service in the United States Army. Andy focuses on Estate Law, Municipal Law, and Military & Veterans Law.

MPL Law Firm; Griest, Herrold, Himes & Reynosa; and Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch merge as MPL Law Firm. The merger of these three firms brings decades of legal experience and legacies together, expanding practice area capabilities, while maintaining the focus on solutions that has been a hallmark of each firm’s history.

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The firms Blakey, Yost, Bupp & Rausch; MPL Law Firm; and Griest Himes Herrold Reynosa have joined together, bringing decades of experience together as the new MPL Law Firm.

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