Christopher M. Patterson, Criminal Defense Attorney, becomes Of Counsel

Attorney Patterson has become of counsel with Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC as of January 1, 2016. He joins attorneys Robert H. Reese, Jr., Esquire, and Heather L. Adams, Esquire, in our office to continue providing our clients superior representation in our criminal law practice.

Christopher M. Patterson has over 38 years of experience with the criminal justice system. He focuses his practice on defending clients against all types of criminal charges: Felony, Misdemeanor and Summary Offenses. He has represented clients in State Courts throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and in Federal Court. He is committed to providing the highest quality legal services. His goal in representing clients is to protect their rights, and vigorously defend their cases to achieve the best possible outcomes. He is an experienced trial attorney and will provide our clients with aggressive representation. He has appeared before the Professional Licensing Boards, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Liquor Control Board and PennDOT.

Being arrested and charged with a crime is a traumatic and frightening experience. It can lead to emotional stress, loss of employment, financial penalties and jail. If you are under investigation for a crime, or have been arrested, you need qualified and experienced counsel.   

Attorney Patterson, as well as Attorneys Reese and Adams in our firm, handle each case personally, from initial consultation to conclusion. Every client receives the same attention to detail whether they are an individual or a corporation, public official or private person. Each case is thoroughly researched and investigated. Our attorneys Reese, Patterson and Adams treat every client with respect and compassion. Each has earned a reputation among their clients and the legal community for providing thorough and competent legal representation. They will zealously and ethically advocate for you.

If you are under investigation for a crime, or have been arrested, you need qualified and experienced counsel. Don’t take chances. You only get one opportunity to fight for your rights, so let an experienced and knowledgeable trial lawyer guide you through the complexities of our legal system. Among other areas, our criminal law attorneys handle assault, theft, burglary, homicide by vehicle, drug possession, PWID, DUI/DWI, BUI, DUS, pardons, expungements.

Attorney Patterson is a general member of the National College for DUI Defense.
NCDD National College for DUI Defense: Christopher M. Patterson



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Mathew A. Oas, Esquire, Becomes New Associate

His primary areas of practice will be Consumer Law, Family Law and Immigration Law.

Matthew  is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law where he was recognized as a Miller Pro Bono Program Public Interest Advocate. He also participated in the Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition and was active in the International Law Society and the Public Interest Law Fund. During law school Mr. Oas worked with MidPenn Legal Services as the recipient of an IOLTA Summer Fellowship. As part of that fellowship he assisted staff attorneys in representing clients in a variety of cases including protection from abuse, custody, landlord tenant, public benefits and consumer law matters.

Mr. Oas was admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2012 and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lancaster Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. His practice is primarily focused on consumer law, family law and immigration law, including asylum cases. He  has appeared before immigration Courts in both York and Philadelphia.

In his free time, Mr. Oas volunteers for Wills for Heroes and also enjoys hiking Lancaster’s many parks and trails with his beagle, Olive.

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Best of Lancaster

PYFER REESE STRAUB GRAY & FARHAT PC Is congratulated by Lancaster County Magazine for being voted in its 2015 Best of Lancaster Readers’ Survey.

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Your Vote Counts!

*For the first time Pennsylvania voters will fill 3 of the 7 seats in Pennsylvania’s
Supreme Court in one day. This election could heavily affect your attorneys’ ability to
fight for your rights for the next 20 years.

*Lawyers who fight for the rights for everyday people and make sure injured
victims will have a right to trial by jury are recommending:

Judge Kevin Dougherty
Judge Christine Donohue
Judge David Wecht

We urge you to vote on November 3, 2015 and be sure to support pro-civil justice like those listed.

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Firm Partner Walks for Cancer

Gabriella H. Farhat, Esq., joined 5,500 walkers in helping to raise $810,000 for Making Strides of Harrisburg. She is a leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer.
…When you raise funds and join the community to help finish the fight, you help create a meaningful experience for breast cancer survivors …and all those whose lives have been touched by this disease.
…Thanks again, Gabriella, for supporting Making Strides of Harrisburg and helping to finish the fight against breast cancer.

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Social Security News

Unfortunately, it isn’t soda pop that nearly 65 million Americans will have to go without. For the first time in recent years, the Social Security Administration announced that there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase to beneficiaries’ checks. Retirees and disabled workers who depend on these benefits will have to stretch the dollar even further to cover the rising costs of health care, food, housing and other basic needs.

            The COLA is set every year in October based on September’s inflation report. If prices don’t increase, Social Security benefits stay the same. Experts cite the surge in U.S. oil production as the reason for the decline in inflation. A lower price at the pump may be a good thing for working Americans, but many Social Security recipients do not benefit from this perk as they are no longer commuting to and from work. On a positive note, Social Security trustees project a 3.1% increase for 2017 but only time will tell if that comes to fruition. (source:


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Firm Associate

receives his VA Accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This accreditation allows Attorney Murse to assist Veterans and their family members in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims before the VA.


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Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA Fall Fest

Albert J. Meier, Esq., Melissa M. Wohlsen, Esq., and Deb Folk represent the firm as participants in the Lancaster Family YMCA 2015 Lampeter-Strasburg Fall Fest 5k Race.

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CASA Heroes Gala and Benefit Auction

We are honored to sponsor the Sixth Annual CASA Heroes Gala and Benefit Auction – “There’s no Place Like Home”

*CASA is Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children*

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