Three Nauman Smith Partners Named Best Lawyers

Nauman Smith partners Craig J. Staudenmaier, J. Stephen Feinour and Spencer G. Nauman, Jr. have been named in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Craig is recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation, Steve for his work in the areas of Municipal Law and Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, and Spencer for his work in Trust and Estates. This is Craig’s eight consecutive and Steve’s fifth consecutive year receiving this recognition.

Craig concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal litigation and Right to Know/Media law. Much of Craig’s litigation practice is devoted to representing the railroad industry, as well as assisting both large and small businesses facing litigation issues.  He routinely represents clients in all phases of the litigation process including mediation and arbitration.  Craig has represented clients before trial courts throughout Pennsylvania, and has successfully argued cases before the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  His work at the forefront of Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law has been widely recognized by the legal industry and the media.

Steve has extensive experience in municipal law and manages the firm’s municipal law practice.  Serving as solicitor for local townships and boroughs, he assists public officials grappling with the challenges facing local governments in Pennsylvania including land development and zoning issues, and eminent domain actions.  He also represents private entities encountering similar problems.  Steve’s practice also encompasses business and corporate law including business formation, ownership, and succession plans for multi-generation family owned and closely held businesses.

As senior partner, Spencer has a wealth of knowledge and experience assisting individuals with their estate planning, including the complex issues that often accompany them.  He also regularly represents executors in connection with the administration of large and small estates. Spencer is often consulted regarding federal, state, and local tax questions, business succession planning, and complex administrations of trusts and estates. He does a significant amount of work on general governance issues, including work on Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and Corporate Reorganizations, and is highly regarded in the area of nonprofit law, particularly community foundations.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The review process captures, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

For almost 150 years, Nauman Smith has built long standing relationships through successful service to its business clients in an ever-changing legal environment. The firm maintains an office at 200 North Third Street in Harrisburg.