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Attorney Profiles

Barbara A. Zemlock

Barbara A. Zemlock


(717) 221-7955




Practice Areas
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • The Dickinson School of Law (JD)
    Order of the Barristers
    Member, Appellate Moot Court Board
    Member, National Trial Moot Court Team
  • Wilson College (BS, magna cum laude)
    Academic All-American (Softball)
Practice Areas
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
Representative Matters
  • Represented on appeal a public figure accused of sex crimes, and helped to secure the reversal of the conviction and the dismissal of the charges
  • Secured the pretrial dismissal of allegations of sexual misconduct based on due process principles
  • Represented company in a prosecution by the Office of Attorney General alleging that the company engaged in environmental crimes
  • Represented public officials accused of violating the Ethics Act
  • Secured the reinstatement of a professional license of a doctor who previously pled to criminal wrongdoing
Presentations & Publications
  • Co-Presenter, “Impact of Criminal Convictions on Professional Licenses,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 29th Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 2012
  • Panelist, “Influence, Power and Strategic Communication in Negotiations, The Courtroom, The Office and Beyond,” PBA Commission on Women in the Profession 2011 Mid-Year, Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2011
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2010
  • Co-Presenter (co-presented with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “Be Prepared for Government Investigations,” AAHSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
  • Presenter, “For the Experienced,” and “Advanced Jury Trial Advocacy Skills: Overcoming the Prosecution Forensic Expert,” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Gettysburg, PA, 2010
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2009
  • Presenter, “What to Do When the Investigator Knocks,” Health Care Compliance Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2009
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “New DPW Appeals Rules Impact All Licensed MR Agencies – What You Need to Know Before Filing an Appeal,” PAR Solutions Conference, Harrisburg, PA, October 29, 2008
  • Panelist, “Grappling with GRAPP: Using the Administrative Practice and Procedure Rules to Your Advantage,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2008
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “MARs, Tars, and BARs: Lessons of Failure, Strategies for Success,” Health Care Compliance Association, New Orleans, LA, 2008
  • Presenter, “Pardon Me? I’m Not a Criminal! (Strategies for Easing Criminal Convictions),” PACDL Criminal Defense Resource Center Law Colloquia, Harrisburg, PA, 2007
  • Presenter, “Defending and Prosecuting Construction Claims: From *Qui Tam’ Actions to Recovery of Affirmative Claims on Federal Projects,” 21st Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Recent Trends Involving the Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania,” Lorman Seminar, Harrisburg, PA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Making Effective Objections,” 23rd Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2006
Professional & Community Affiliations
  • Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2011-2013)
  • Recipient of PACDL’s Charles P. Gelso President’s Award (2016)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Government Risk Pools, Member of Board
  • Dauphin County General Authority, Chair of Board
  • Former Adjunct Professor at the Widener School of Law–Trial Methods
  • Former Board Member for the Minor Judiciary Education Board
  • Former Hearing Committee Member serving The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Served on Advisory Committee on Indigent Defense to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Joint State Government Commission, Member


Barbara A. Zemlock

A zealous advocate with more than 30 years of experience representing individuals, businesses and other entities against accusations of criminal wrongdoing, on appeal, in complex litigation and with complex issues.

Ms. Zemlock focuses her practice on criminal law, including appellate representation, professional licensure law and the unique practice of government pooling. Her representation includes:

  • The representation of individuals and entities on appeal
  • The defense of individuals and entities at all stages of a criminal case, including pre-indictment representation, trial and on appeal
  • Internal corporate investigations
  • Grand jury representation
  • White collar criminal defense
  • The defense of individuals with professional licenses who are subject to proceedings before their state licensing boards
  • Complex civil litigation
  • Government risk pools that provide unique coverage to counties for liability and property exposures, workers compensation, unemployment compensation and healthcare

Ms. Zemlock has represented businesses and individuals at both the federal and state level, at all stages and in all types of government investigations, including grand jury investigations. Ms. Zemlock has represented individuals and companies indicted for, charged with, or accused of:

  • Computer crimes
  • Environmental crimes
  • Tax-related crimes
  • Fraud
  • Drug offenses
  • Sex offenses
  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Money laundering
  • Racketeering
  • Various other types of crimes

Ms. Zemlock has defended individuals and businesses prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney General’s Office and District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Zemlock has argued cases on appeal before all Pennsylvania state appellate courts, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Ms. Zemlock also represents county related government risk pools. Through these unique entities, counties pooled their resources to provide coverage for:

  • Liability and property exposures
  • Workers compensation
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Health care

Counties have also established unique pools to address the needs of county jails and Pennsylvania HealthChoices. As counsel to these boards, Ms. Zemlock handles an array of issues involving:

  • Corporate governance issues
  • Coverage issues
  • Board policy
  • Pool member issues
  • Risk assessment
  • Legal issues involving the implementation of pool programs

Ms. Zemlock is a former Chief Deputy Public Defender of the Dauphin County Public Defenders Office, where she represented individuals charged with a multitude of crimes. Ms. Zemlock has also tried cases involving complex scientific principles and expert testimony, including DNA. Her trial experience includes capital cases. Ms. Zemlock was also the Chief Deputy Public Defender in charge of appeals.