Attorneys

John L. Senft, Esquire

Partner

Co-founder of Senft Law Firm in 2004, John concentrates his practice in a variety of areas, including corporate and business law, labor and employment law, wills and estate planning and administration, commercial real estate, litigation, and family law.

John is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to opening Senft Law Firm, John previously practiced at Whiteford, Tayalor & Preston (one of the largest private firms in Baltimore) and at Barley Snyder, where he chaired the firm’s employment law practice group. He has provided legal services to individuals and employers of all sizes throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Born and raised in York, John is an active member of the community and is a recent recipient of the “40 Under 40” Award, given to community and business leaders in Central Pennsylvania. He has served on a variety of boards and committees in the area, including Martin Library, York Country Day School, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, the Lafayette Club, the Jewish Community Center, Communities that Care, and the York County Cultural Alliance


EDUCATION

University of Virginia School of Law
Duke University, Cum Laude


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association


BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Maryland Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Martin Library; Board of Directors, Secretary and General Counsel
Library Company of York, Board of Directors
Lafayette Club, Board of Governors
Big Brothers – Big Sisters of York County, Board of Directors
Communities That Care, Board of Directors
Jewish Community Center, Board of Directors
York Country Day School
York County Cultural Alliance
Family First Health
Recipient of the “40 Under 40” Award
York County Chamber of Commerce
York Human Resources Association
Hanover Area Human Resources Association

Robert Schefter, Esquire

Partner

Robert enjoys a general law practice, specializing in general litigation, DUI and criminal defense, real estate and land development.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert was a commercial litigator in private practice before serving as general counsel for a construction and land development company. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for York County and served a judicial clerkship in the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

A York County native, Robert supports his hometown through active community involvement. He serves as School Board President for the Southern York County School District, his alma mater. Robert also volunteers his services as part of The Honorable John C. Uhler’s York County Truancy Task Force, as well as being a member of the Advisory Board to the York County Juvenile Court. He is a Board Director for Mental Health America of York and Adams Counties. Robert has also served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of York County and is a graduate of Leadership York.

EDUCATION

The Dickinson School of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree
      • Dickinson Law Review, Comments Editor
      • Appellate Moot Court Board
Gourley Trial Competition Team
      • University of Delaware, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
      • English Honors Program Writing Fellowship

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association
American Inns of Court

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Southern York County School District Board of Education; Board President
York County Bar Association; Board Director
Mental Health America of York and Adams Counties; Board Director
York County Truancy Task Force; MemberAdvisory Board to the York County Juvenile Court; Member
Young Lawyers Division of the York County Bar Association; Past Chair
United Way of York County; Past Board Director
Leadership York; Graduate.





Penny V. Ayers, Esquire

Partner

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Penny V. Ayers has been practicing law in York County for ten years, in the areas of family law, general practice, and municipal law. With the majority of her practice in family law, she is well-versed in divorce, custody, support, adoption, prenuptial agreements, guardianships, and name changes.  Penny is also a trained mediator as well as a parent coordinator, and regularly provides mediation services in family law.

Penny completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, with a B.A. in French and a minor in Japanese, and completed her J.D. at Dickinson School of Law in 1999.  She is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme court. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and York County Bar Associations, and the Family Law Section of the York County Bar.

A native of Dillsburg, Penny is active in the York community, having served on local boards, including the York County YMCA, and the Jewish Community Center. She completed the Leadership York Program in 2004. She resides with her family in Spring Garden Township.

EDUCATION

The Dickinson School of Law, Juris Doctorate Degree
Penn State University, University Park

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Pennsylvania Bar Association
York County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Family Law Section

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania