It’s all about Tradition

Leisawitz Heller traces its roots back to 1957 when our founding shareholder, Alan I. Baskin, opened his practice in downtown Reading. A microcosm of the firm's practice today, Baskin focused on business law, taxation, estate planning and eminent domain law. He gained notoriety handling real estate condemnation work during the 1960s for the city of Reading. Working with the Reading Redevelopment Authority, he helped provide compensation to homeowners whose condemned row homes were replaced by various industrial sites and the now thriving Reading Area Community College. In addition, Baskin served as examiner for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Baskin was then joined by Bernard Mendelsohn in the late 1960s, forming Baskin and Mendelsohn, a general practice law firm located on 221 North Sixth Street in Reading. Mendelsohn added family law to the firm's services and bolstered its business and real estate practices.

Alan Leisawitz joined the firm in 1965 and focused his practice on business law, wills and estates, and private adoptions. Mervin Heller, Jr. then joined the firm in 1973 and focused primarily on real estate and business matters. When Jay N. Abramowitch joined the firm in 1979, the firm became Baskin Mendelsohn Leisawitz Heller & Abramowitch. Jay's arrival launched the firm's trial practice, which has grown steadily ever since.

By 1990, the firm had outgrown its Reading office and moved to 2201 Ridgewood Road in Wyomissing. Sadly, Alan Baskin died suddenly just months before the move. The firm's growth continued in 1993 when it merged with Phillips and Associates. In 1995, the firm name changed to Leisawitz Heller Abramowitch Phillips.

In 2005, the firm went through various changes: moving to our current location on 2755 Century Boulevard in Wyomissing and rebranding our name to Leisawitz Heller.

Currently, Leisawitz Heller has 15 attorneys, 12 paralegals and 14 administrative staff members. It serves clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

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