Welcome to the County of Berks
​Berks County Solicitor's Office

DEPARTMENTAL OPERATIONS:

The Solicitor's Office is continuing to operate. Right-to-Know Law requests may be delayed and will not be accepted in person. Requests should be submitted to county​open​records​officer​@county​of​berks.com. Questions can be directed to 610-478-6105 ext. 6105.

  • The Berks County COVID-19 Help Center closed end of day, Friday, June 5, 2020.  If you have COVID-19 questions you may still email them to COVID@countyofberks.com.
     

Mission Statement

To provide responsive, exceptional and ethical legal services in a cost-effective manner to the Board of Commissioners, County Departments, Elected Officials and the taxpayers of Berks County so that the County may achieve its policy and operational goals while advancing the public trust.

 

Purpose

The Solicitor's Office acts as General Counsel to the County Commissioners and all County departments. Under the County Code the duties of the Solicitor are to: 
 
"commence and prosecute all suits brought, or to be brought, by the County, wherein any rights, privileges, property claim or demands of the County involved, as well as defend all actions or suits brought against the County, and shall perform all duties now enjoined by law upon county solicitors, and shall do all and every professional act and render legal advice incident to the office which may be required of him by the commissioners."  16 P.S. § 902
 
The Solicitor's duties include the following:
  • Prepare and revise Ordinances and resolutions;
  • Litigate legal actions and claims brought by or against the County;
  • Draft and approve contracts, agreements, or other legal documents executed by authorized county officials;
  • Coordinate and supervise all outside counsel.
The Solicitor's Office does not provide legal advice, legal counsel or legal services to the general public.
 

Core Values

  • Quality Legal Representation
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency

Contact Information

Address
Solicitor's Office
633 Court Street, 13th Floor Services Center
Reading, PA  19601

Phone: 610-478-6105
Fax: 610-478-6139

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays

Christine M. Sadler,
Solicitor

Legal Staff:

Christine M. Sadler
Solicitor
csadler@countyofberks.com
610.478.6105 ext. 6108

J. Chadwick Schnee
First Assistant Solicitor
cschnee@countyofberks.com
610-478-6105 ext. 6107

Paul T. Bradshaw
Assistant Solicitor
pbradsh​aw@countyofberks.com
610-478-6105 ext. 6109

Jennifer L. Grimes
Assistant Solicitor for Children & Youth Services
jgrimes@countyofberks.com
610-478-6700 ext. 6769

Carmen White
Assistant Solicitor for Children & Youth Services
cwhite@countyofberks.com
610-478-6700 ext. 6838

Ashley Esposito
Assistant Solicitor for Children & Youth Services
aesposito@countyofberks.com
610-478-6700 ext. 6984

Maryjo Gibson
Chief Clerk / Paralegal
mgibson@countyofberks.com
610-478-6105 ext. 6105

Jill Koharcheck
Paralegal
jkoharcheck@countyofberks.com
610-478-6105 ext. 6110

Beverly A. LeVan
Paralegal
blevan@countyofberks.com
610-478-6105 ext. 6106​​