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Brent Christian Diefenderfer

About me

Brent applies a client-centered approach to his practice of law and
focuses in the areas of Business, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation and Real
Estate law.  He identifies multiple courses of action; gives
straightforward advice and diligently works with you to achieve
results.  Drawing from his military experience, Brent’s diverse
clientele has prepared him to serve a wide variety of clients, ranging
from individuals to local businesses and government entities in the
following areas.


  • Bankruptcy/Debt Restructuring.  Brent’s bankruptcy
    practice has saved dozens of client’s homes from foreclosure, cars from
    repossession and has resolved burdensome tax obligations through the
    Bankruptcy Code.  Brent works with his clients to understand all of
    their options inside and outside of the Bankruptcy Code and
    identifies whether a Non-Bankruptcy solution, such as a mortgage loan
    modification, real estate “short sale” or other debt reduction
    strategies are appropriate for you.

  • Business Law. Brent represents local businesses
    and advises on issues such as choice of corporate entity, commercial
    leases, liquor license transfers and the complex steps of a business
    purchase and asset acquisition.

  • Real Estate Law: Whether you are buying or selling
    a home, refinancing or need advice on landlord tenant matters, Brent
    ensures that your matter is handled correctly and efficiently.

  • Civil Litigation. When personal and commercial
    disputes cannot be amicably resolved, Brent draws upon his trial
    experience to zealously represent his clients and diligently works with
    you to achieve results.

  • Military Law (Uniform Code of Military Justice).  Brent assists former service members petitions for administrative
    upgrade of military discharge before all service boards of review.


Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Brent served as an Army Officer and
JAG Attorney.  He brings to his civilian practice an invaluable and
well-rounded experience ranging from advising senior military officers
on complex legal issues to litigating contested jury trials.   Brent
held the rank of Captain and served as a Trial Defense Counsel at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina where he defended service members of the 82nd
Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Forces Command in over 30 jury
and bench trials, many which resulted in acquittals for his clients. 
Early in his military career, Brent deployed to Iraq for a year as part
of the elite 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” and acted as
lead counsel for all legal claims brought by Iraqi citizens against the
U.S. Government occurring in a 6,000 square mile combat zone.  Later,
Brent served as general counsel for his Commanding General and
installation’s administrative agencies by advising on fiscal,
employment and administrative law related matters. 



  • Bankruptcy for individual consumers (Chapters 7 and 13).

  • Non-bankruptcy
    financial “workouts,” debt-reduction strategies, loan restructuring,
    real estate “short sales,” mortgage modifications and negotiations with

  • Corporate/small business bankruptcy (Chapter 11), creditor workouts & “section 363” asset purchases.

  • Mortgage foreclosure (representing both home owners and commercial lenders).

  • Business law, including incorporation/choice of corporate entity, asset purchase agreements and commercial leases.

  • Liquor license transfers.

  • Residential and commercial real estate purchases and refinances.

  • Civil litigation matters (including collections, landlord/tenant and commercial disputes).

  • Military
    law (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and petitions for administrative
    upgrade of military discharge before all service boards of review.



  • York County Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • New Jersey Bar Association

  • Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association 

  • York Young Professionals

  • York Business Exchange

  • York County Chamber of Commerce

  • Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA - Board of Directors 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
    6 years, 400 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    11 years, 100 cases
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    6 years, 100 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    11 years, 100 cases
  5. Military Law: 5%
    11 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($200-230/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Ryan Sweet

    “ In a very tough organization, the 101st Airborne Division, I was always impressed with Brent's physical and mental toughness as a Soldier, and his keen knowledge of the law. He has since gone on to build a successful practice. I recommend him without reservation and would trust he would do a top notch job.


    Ryan Sweet Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

CGA Law Firm

135 North George Street
York, PA, 17401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardYork County Bar Association2014
Consumer BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2014
Army Commendation Award (x3)US Army2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCGA Law Firm2009 - Present
AttorneyUS Army JAG Corps2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
York Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re DeanCourt awarded damages for client
In re YoungCourt overruled objections of creditor to plan confirmation
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
US Army Judge Advocate General Legal Center and SchoolN/AN/A2005
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Dickinson CollegePolitical Science & Spanish (Dual Major)BA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationSupreme Court and 3rd Circuit Bankruptcy Case Review2014
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationLocal court decisions by Middle District Judges2013
Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association Annual Conference 2012Preferential Payments: A Framework for Analysis in the 3rd Circuit2012