To Our Clients and Friends -
We continue to extend our best wishes for your safety and security. The arrival of Spring renews our optimism for the future. We hope you take time to enjoy the beauty of the season. This year has already been a momentous one for GSW. We are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the founding of our firm, the retirement of Chris Gadsden, and several additions to the GSW family.
Founding Partner Christopher H. Gadsden Retires
It is with immense gratitude that we announce the well-deserved retirement of one of our founding partners, Christopher H. Gadsden. Chris, along with Pam Schneider and Steve Woodward, established Gadsden Schneider & Woodward, LLP (GSW) twenty years ago in February 2001. We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of GSW along with Chris’ new status as “of counsel” as of the beginning of the year.
Chris joined Philadelphia-based Drinker Biddle & Reath after graduating from Yale College and Yale Law School. Throughout his illustrious career, Chris’s practice focused on sophisticated estate planning for high net-worth individuals, as well as estate and trust administration and litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) and the past chair of the ACTEC Financial Action Task Force Committee, the past chair of the ACTEC Professional Responsibility Committee and a past chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Chris served for four years as the co-chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries, the primary liaison organization between the American Bar Association and the trust division of the American Bankers Association. For several years, Chris was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Chris has published numerous articles on estate planning, trust and estate administration and professional responsibility obligations of trust and estate lawyers and has lectured frequently on these topics throughout the United States. Chris has been continually recognized as one of the nation’s top estate planning lawyers by inclusion in The Best Lawyers in AmericaWho’s Who in American Law and Super Lawyers.
While Chris will continue to consult on some client matters, he is now focusing his time on board memberships, charitable endeavors, and, of course, spending time with his family and traveling. Chris also plans to be active on the golf course and play squash and tennis with his friends.
Welcome to our New Attorneys
In February, we welcomed Peter J. Bietz to the GSW team. Peter is already working diligently with many of our clients. He has significant experience advising small business owners on business and tax matters related to estate planning developed over several years in both private practice and as Senior Trust Counsel to a Delaware trust company. Peter’s practice focuses primarily on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and complex trust and tax issues. Peter has had several of his articles concerning estate planning published in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.
Peter is a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts (inactive) and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. He graduated with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in business law from the Pennsylvania State University. Peter earned his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University Law School. Peter and his wife, Joy, reside in West Chester, PA.
We are excited to announce that Jennifer H. Stoudt joined GSW in April 2021. Jenn is a skilled trusts and estates attorney with over 20 years of experience advising high net-worth individuals and families and drafting and implementing sophisticated estate plans including wills, inter vivos trusts, charitable trusts, private foundations and succession planning for multigenerational family-owned businesses. Jenn also has broad experience advising executors and trustees in the administration of complex estates and trusts and related inheritance, estate and gift tax implications.
Jenn is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law. She is licensed to practice in PA and NJ (inactive). Jenn and her family live in Wayne, PA.

Daniel J. Casserly Joins GSW as a Paralegal
We are very pleased to have a new addition to our paralegal team. Dan Casserly joined GSW in March. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Dan and his wife, Mallory, relocated to our area from New York. His past experience includes working with trusts and estates clients in a law firm, trust and estate administration at a wealth management company and most recently as an analyst in the gifts and trusts group of a Goldman Sachs company. We are happy to offer Dan’s skills and experience to our clients.
Welcome to Artemisia Rivard Miles and Harvey Jackson Martin
Rebecca and I welcomed our daughter, Artemisia Rivard Miles, into the world on November 24th. We decided that “Mia” is probably the go-to nickname for her. - Timothy D. Miles
Ken Martin and his wife, Lorri, welcomed their first child on April 22, 2021. We share in their joy!
Excellence in Trusts & Estates for Over 20 Years!
GSW Attorneys
Caitlin J. Akins

Peter J. Bietz

Kathryn H. Crary

Tracy Blake DeVlieger

Christopher H. Gadsden

Kenneth E. Martin

Timothy D. Miles

Pam H. Schneider

Jennifer H. Stoudt

W. Steven Woodward

GSW Paralegals
Daniel J. Casserly, JD

Leigh Ann Griffith
Lorraine S. Stone
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Gadsden Schneider & Woodward LLP combines the sophisticated legal skills of a national or global law firm with the intimacy, informality and attentiveness to client needs that is characteristic of smaller firms. Contact us for all of your estate planning, trust and estate administration, trust and estate litigation, charitable gift planning and related areas of tax and fiduciary matters.
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