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I was born and raised in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania; home of "The Bubblers". I graduated from Boiling Springs High School in 1999, attended Harrisburg Area Community College for two (2) years, and graduated Cum Laude from Shippensburg University in 2004 with a BA in Political Science.

While in high school and college, I worked part-time for my family's business, Knisely's Pet and Farm Center, in Carlisle.

I graduated from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2007.

While at Widener, I continued to work part-time for my family, and dedicated a significant amount of time and hard work to the Trial Advocacy Honor Society, serving as the External Vice President in my third year (3L). I was also the founding member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America on my campus, and served as the President of this campus organization in both my second (2L) and third year (3L). While at Widener, I also attended and graduated from The Law and Government Insitute, and received The Widener University School of Law Distinguished Service Award.

I maintained several internships during Law School, including positions with The Honorable Richard A. Lewis, Judge, Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, The Law Offices of Steve Rice, Esq., in Gettysburg, The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office, The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, and The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, in the Criminal Appeals Division.

Upon graduation from Law School, I accepted a Certified Legal Internship with The Dauphin County Office of the Public Defender pending results of both The Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams. After passing both the PA and NJ bars, I was offered an Assistant Public Defender position, which I graciously accepted. During my career as a Public Defender, I handled a large number of criminal matters, from the preliminary through the trial and appellate levels, as well as Children and Youth dependency cases.

After 3.5 years with The Public Defenders, I am now proud to be an attorney with Kope and Associates.

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as the Sprint Car Races at local dirt tracks, Tubing, Kayaking, Boating and White Water Rafting, as well as working with my family on our farm and in our Carriage Company as a driver.  


Practice areas

  1. Family: 90%
    8 years, 150 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    8 years, 1.6 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I went to law school with Alyssa, she is a highly motivated individual who would always strive to achieve whatever goals she set. Alyssa is a top-notch litigator who gets great results for her clients, I would gladly refer any family law matter to her.


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Contact info

Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC

2205 Forest Hills Drive
Suite 10
Harrisburg, PA, 17012


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardThe Widener University School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderDauphin County Office of the Public Defender2007 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Harrisburg Area Community CollegeN/AN/A2001
Boiling Springs Jr./Sr. High SchoolN/ADiploma1999