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Timothy J. Reese

Timothy J. Reese

also known as Tim Reese

About me

Mr. Reese is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1974, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1977, is a Member of Woolsack Society for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Past Co-Chairman Family Law Section of the Lancaster Bar Association and has been in practice since 1977.

He formerly served as President of both the Lancaster Chapter of American Business Club and the Lancaster Mediation Center as well as serving on the Boards of the Penn State Club of Lancaster County and the Manheim Township Parks and Recreation. He was one of the original six attorneys selected by the Court to act as a Child Custody Conference Officer, a position he held for several years. His interests include coaching youth sports, Penn State football and photography.

He was President of the Manheim Township’s Corner Kick Club in 1999, The Booster Club for Township’s Boys’ Soccer and was instrumental in establishing the Journey Schuss Cup, a Traveling Trophy awarded each soccer season to the overall winner of the Township/Hempfield regular season soccer contests.     

He feels it is most important that we take pride and honor in serving our clients by balancing their needs, resources and objectives to always reach results in the client’s best interests.


Custody and Visitation

Few areas of the law are as challenging as custody resolution and litigation. And, no area of law is as personally important and emotional to the individual involved. Custody, partial custody, visitation, legal custody, shared custody, supervised visitation, custody evaluation, home studies. Whatever the issue, the attorneys at Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer, P.C., have a wealth of experience in these and related custodial matters.

Custody law

Experience where it counts

We have attended countless custody conferences and mediation sessions and tried literally hundreds of custody cases before every family law judge in Lancaster County. The attorneys who are active in this area of practice have over 30 years of experience each and are themselves parents! Mr. Reese is a former court appointed Child Custody Conference Officer. We provide caring, compassionate guidance which is as aggressive as circumstances require. We don’t seek to exacerbate and make matters worse. Yet when protection is needed for the best interest of your children, we know how and when to seek it.

Few firms can match our experience. And no firm will exceed our interest in your case and our trusting advice and guidance. If you have or anticipate an issue concerning the most important people in your life – your children – call us today.



Divorce is a difficult time for any spouse. Our team of attorneys at Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer have years of experience in guiding clients through family law matters which frequently include issues of alimony, custody, visitation, child or spousal support and equitable distribution of marital property. We have family law attorneys representing a broad spectrum of individuals from wage earners to business owners, physicians, attorneys, and highly compensated professionals, owners of professional practices, as well as spouses who have been out of the workplace as homemakers or for a myriad of other reasons.

Divorce Attorneys

We are sensitive to your needs

While divorce nearly always involves emotional upheaval for the people involved, including the children, it need not always be caustic and unnecessarily contentious. We provide the representation you need based upon your direction to us and what the case requires. We can be diplomatic when needed but tough when required.

Our attorneys will clearly delineate your options at every stage of divorce and related family law matters. We handle all aspects of family law including: Adoption, Alimony, Alimony Pendente Lite, Child Support Custody, Divorce Equitable, Distribution, Fault Divorce Grandparent Rights, Guideline Support, Legal Custody, No Fault Divorce, Physical Custody, Prenuptial Agreements, Post-nuptial Agreements, Protection from Abuse, Spousal Support, Termination of Parental Rights. Tim Reese, Dave Wagenseller and Sam Mecum have over a century of combined experience in divorce and family law matters.

Special solutions for special circumstances

We provide ethical, vigorous and client-tailored representation for one ot he most difficult periods of time you will experience in your life. Call us today and know that you have our experienced divorce lawyers and family law attorneys on your side. When Trust Matter Most, call Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    37 years
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • William James Pelhan

    I endorse this lawyer. Among his peers, Tim is one of the most highly respected family lawyers in Lancaster Co. He is efficient and effective in representing his clients and capable of handling very complex divorce case. He is aggressive when necessary, but yet compassionate to his clients.


    William Pelhan Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert M. Going Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Tim always works diligently on his clients behalf


    Robert Going Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Reese Samley Wagonseller, Mecum & Longer P C

120 North Shippen Street
Lancaster, PA, 17602


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2015
BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV Rated 4.4 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2012
BV Rated Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2011
BV Rated Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Access to JusticeLancaster Bar Association2000
BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1985
Book Award Top Grade in Bankruptcy at Dickinson School of LawLawyers Coop Publishing Co1977
Woolsack Award for Outstanding Academic AchievementDickinson School of Law1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board of DirectorsAmes Reese, Inc.1997 - Present
Instructor (Business Law) for Paralegal CertificatePennsylvania State University1991 - 1992
Custody Conference OfficerLancaster Court of Common Pleas1986 - 1996
Associate AttorneyXakellis, Perezous and Mongiovi1977 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - 2014
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Lancaster Bar AssociationPast Co-Chairman, Family Law Section1977 - Present
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity InternationalMember1976 - 1986
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Watts v Manheim Township School DistrictObtained Injunction at Trial Court level which was affirmed by the appellate court; now pending a decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Watts v. Manheim Township School DistrictPensylvania Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions in favor of Mr. Watts
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogSchools Required to Bus Children to Both Divorced Parents’ Houses2014
BlogHow to Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania2014
BlogUpdate to “Another One Rides The Bus”2014
BlogPlanning to Relocate? Think again.2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lancaster Bar Association Bench Bar Annual ConferenceEthics in Family Law Practice2015