STATE COLLEGE, PA – July 5, 2017 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that attorney Sharon Barney, a resident of State College, PA, was recently selected as a member of the 2017-2018 Bar Leadership Institute (“BLI”) Class of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (“PBA”). Sharon was one of only 11 attorneys chosen to participate in this leadership development course.

The PBA Bar Leadership Institute is designed to provide emerging leaders, representing a broad cross-section of the diversity of the PBA membership, with an opportunity to learn about the PBA while actively participating in key meetings. Participation in the BLI provides attorneys with numerous opportunities to network with PBA members and looks to the future of the organization by developing well-informed, committed leaders who will serve the PBA for many years to come. Class members will become familiarized with the day-to-day operation of the association as well as governance and policy issues and will be introduced to the PBA staff and available resources.

The BLI class was limited in size. To apply, candidates had to demonstrate leadership ability, commit to attendance and participation in the required events, be currently licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, be a PBA member, and be age 38 years or younger or have practiced five years or less.

In a recent PBA press release, PBA President Sharon R. Lopez stated, “Our young attorneys are the bright lights in the bar’s future. The investments that we make in them now are critical for the profession’s growth. I’m so pleased to name these hardworking attorneys to this year’s class and look forward to working with them, as they connect and form relationships with more seasoned members, create a network throughout the commonwealth to share experiences and learn more about the varied paths to leadership within the PBA.”

At Leech Tishman, Sharon serves as Counsel in the firm’s Immigration Law and Family Law Practice Groups. Sharon regularly assists clients with family law matters including adoption, divorce, alimony and spousal support, equitable distribution, custody (including relocation and modification issues), child support, and Protection from Abuse (PFA) matters

During her time as an attorney in Centre County, Sharon has worked as the legal director and staff attorney of a legal program within a domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit organization. Her background includes representing domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in family law and immigration law matters. Sharon has a depth of experience in immigration-related legal matters, including employment-based green card applications, adjustment of status applications, naturalization/citizenship petitions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) relief, and student and visitor visa issues.

Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Sharon was the founding practitioner of the Law Office of Sharon Barney, a State College-based firm, where she provided client-centered legal services in family law, immigration law and victim rights matters.


Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 26,000 lawyers who are members of the association. 


Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, aviation & aerospace, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Sarasota, FL, State College, PA and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at

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