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Justin C. Gearty Jr., Esquire – Owner and Managing Attorney

Attorney Justin Gearty founded Gearty Law Firm with the goal of providing top quality legal services at a reasonable rate. Mr. Gearty has experience handling cases such as; serious criminal offenses, complicated divorce and child custody cases, personal injury claims, advising and representing various businesses, and most everything in between. Attorney Gearty is an experienced business man, trial attorney, and although he will do everything he can to amicably settle your case, he also won’t be afraid to take your case to trial if need be.

Attorney Gearty prides himself on his ability to develop a strong rapport with each client. He takes the time to thoroughly understand all of the needs of each client and makes sure the client understands all of the various legal options that they may have. Mr. Gearty frequently makes himself available on evenings and weekends and takes the time to talk clients through whatever crisis they may be having.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Gearty spent over seven years in the field of addictions treatment working in various capacities within that field from counseling addicted individuals to various positions within management, IT, and finance. Attorney Gearty brings that same sense of compassion into the practice of law. In addition to that experience, Attorney Gearty has volunteered his time by sitting on the board of directors for a local non-profit company that helps adults with various disabilities.

In addition to being the owner and managing attorney at Gearty Law Offices, Attorney Gearty is also the majority shareholder, president of the board, and general counsel for Gearty and Skiles Counseling.  Gearty and Skiles Counseling is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center with locations in Lancaster and Ephrata.  If you, or someone you know, is in need of addictions treatment, please click the following link to find more information about Gearty and Associates Counseling:  Gearty and Associates Counseling

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, BS – Psychology
Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA, Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations:
American Bar Association
National Trial Lawyer’s Association

40 under 40
Distinguished Law
Lead Counsel Rated
Excellence in Research
Presidential Scholar Award
LNP Reader’s Choice Award
Customer Satisfaction Award – Avvo

Daniel Bardo, Esquire  –  Associate Attorney

Daniel C. Bardo is an Associate Attorney with the Gearty Law office. He is a skilled courtroom advocate and has handled criminal, personal injury, family, landlord/tenant, civil rights, general civil litigation, and support cases. His specialty, however, is appellate law and advocacy.

Before the Pennsylvania appellate courts, Mr. Bardo has litigated over one hundred eighty cases. He has litigated criminal, post-conviction, insurance, workers’ compensation, return of property, and constitutional cases on appeal, and carries a ninety-five percent success rate. Of his scores of appellate wins, his proudest is Commonwealth v. Rosser, 135 A.3d 1077 (Pa. Super. 2017) (en banc), during which he shaped constitutional law in Pennsylvania.

Before joining the Gearty Law Office, Mr. Bardo was an assistant district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. While there, he worked on some of the biggest cases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—including the prosecutions of Bill Cosby and Kathleen Kane. For his involvement in the Kane case, the District Attorney commended him for his skill as an appellate advocate. He also served as the office’s First Amendment expert and as the on-scene prosecutor for several protests, a handful of campaign events, and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia.

Mr. Bardo worked for a small business-oriented firm in Harrisburg, and interned at the York County District Attorney’s Office and a high-volume personal injury firm in Harrisburg.

Attorney Bardo is licensed to practice law before all Pennsylvania Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pa as well as the United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gannon University, Class of 2010
Widener University School of Law, Class of 2013

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United States 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations:
The American Bar Association

Nikolas D. Capitano, Esquire – Associate Attorney

Nikolas D. Capitano is an Associate Attorney with the Gearty Law Office. He practices in the areas of family and business law with a concentration in business and entrepreneurial law from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He has also practiced in the areas of regulatory compliance, specifically related to data protection, cybersecurity and privacy law.

Before joining the Gearty Law Office, Mr. Capitano worked as an attorney advising families and family owned businesses in the Berks County and Philadelphia areas. He has also worked for the Philadelphia Bureau of Consumer Protection – Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and with investors and entrepreneurs through the Keiretsu Forum, a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors.

The Pennsylvania State University, Class of 2013
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Class of 2016

Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations:
The American Bar Association
The Berks County Bar Association
The Lancaster County Bar Association

Jacquie Peifer – Office Administrator

Mrs. Peifer joined the Gearty Law team in 2012 following an extensive career in office administration at various other businesses.  Jacquie is well known for providing exceptional customer service at Gearty Law Offices.  Jacquie is responsible for initial client contact, scheduling, management of support staff, assisting clients in setting up financial arrangements with the firm, billing, after-hours phone support, maintaining routine client contact, and more.  Jacquie strives to ensure each client feels as comfortable as possible when going through these difficult times in their lives.

Jacquie looks forward to assisting you in any way she can, and she can be reached by calling our main office number or by email at:

Missy Charles – Paralegal

Mrs. Charles joined Gearty Law Offices in 2014 as an Intern completing here paralegal studies at HACC.  Following her internship, Missy was hired on as an administrative assistant.  Since that time, Missy has completed her Paralegal studies and has been promoted to the position of paralegal.

Missy is responsible for assisting the attorneys with legal research and writing, assists with document review, maintains contact with clients so that frequent updates can be provided to the attorney working on the case, assists with trial preparation, and much more.  Missy, as with all Gearty Law staff, works hard and does well with developing a strong relationship with each of our clients.


In addition to the above mentioned individuals, Gearty Law utilizes several “of counsel” attorneys to assist with various matters.

Gearty Law has also developed many relationships with other professionals throughout the community and state outside of the legal field. Since the legal profession often crosses lines with other professions (such as cases requiring a special knowledge of a certain subject area) it is critical to have contacts in various other professions. Gearty Law has employed and consulted with various experts, such as social workers, drug and alcohol counselors/evaluators, psychologists, writing analysis experts, medical experts, voice experts, and the like.
If you or someone you know needs a lawyer in PA, contact Gearty Law for a free phone consultation. 717-490-6325