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Joel M. Snavely

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Attorney Snavely’s civil litigation practice includes the defense of healthcare providers in professional negligence and licensure actions; the representation of both defendants and plaintiffs in premises liability, auto accident, product liability, and construction actions; zoning and land use matters, and the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in other civil litigation matters.
Attorney Snavely also represents and provides advice to healthcare providers on a variety of matters, including employment contracts, credentialing, peer review, end of life issues, medical records, risk management, controlled substances and nonprofit corporation law.

Attorney Snavely is admitted to all Pennsylvania courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • Municipal and School Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • 1991
    • Honors: Dean's List- 5 out of 6 semesters
  • University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
    • 1984
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Erie County Coalition of Physicians and Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • American Inns of Court (1992 - 2015)

Community Activities

Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center
     President of Board of Directors: 2009 – 2014
     Member of Board of Directors: 2007 – Present
Erie Home for Children and Adults
     Member of Board of Directors and Treasurer: 2004 – 2008