Samuel E. Wiser


Samuel E. Wiser, Jr. provides comprehensive legal services in the area of municipal law, zoning and land use, environmental law, and general litigation. A large part of Sam’s practice involves representing municipalities throughout central Pennsylvania. Sam serves as solicitor to many boroughs, second class townships, and municipal authorities and serves as special counsel to counties, boroughs, townships, and authorities.

Sam represents municipalities in collective bargaining and employment matters, zoning and land use issues, water and wastewater matters, intermunicipal agreements, code enforcement actions, property and right-of-way matters, conventional financing, and general municipal matters. Sam has handled interest grievance and arbitration matters, large public facility upgrades, complex intermunicipal agreements, contentious zoning matters and related hearings, construction disputes, land use appeals, and significant code enforcement matters.

In addition to municipal law, Sam counsels numerous businesses on general business matters, employment matters, and general litigation matters.

Sam has also provided presentations at several conferences including:

September 23, 2020: PBI Land Use Institute

Periodic Review and Revisions of Zoning and Comprehensive Use Plan

Sam spoke on a panel with Denny Puko and David Hunter regarding considerations for updating or overhauling land use ordinances. The panel explored current land use challenges and alternate planning tools to accomplish the goals of a municipality.  


October 19, 2020 - PSAB Fall Conference:

Pandemic Legalities

Sam’s presentation covered municipal operational considerations in light of the pandemic. This comprehensive presentation included discussion of state and federal COVID guidance as well as best practices for operations during the pandemic.  


October 20, 2020 - PSAB Fall Conference:

Managing Municipal Finances During an Emergency

Sam presented this webinar with Laura Beth Kurtz, PhD, Esq.. The presentation included discussion of fiscal challenges faced by municipalities, CARES funding, and possible financing solutions for municipalities.


October 2019 PSATS 2019 Fall Solicitor’s Seminar

Enola, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“The Pitfalls of Limiting Public Forums and Public Comment


August 2019 PSAB PA Municipal Legal Update

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“Municipal Legal Jeopardy”


June 2019 PSAB Annual Conference

Hershey, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“Municipal Legal Jeopardy”


April 2019 PSATS Conference

Hershey, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“Case Studies in Code Enforcement”


June 2018 PSAB Annual Conference

Hershey, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“Municipal Legal Jeopardy”


August 2017 PSAB PA Municipal Legal Update

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Speaker

“Actions to Avoid Someone Suing Your Municipality”


June 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Land Use Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Speaker
“Agricultural and Open Space Preservation”

May 2014 Adams County Association of Township Officials, Mid-Year Conference
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“Getting to Know the Right-to-Know Law, Sunshine Act, and Executive Session Legislation”

September 2013 Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference
State College, Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“Zoning and Building Codes Present Parallel and Entwined Code Requirements”

August 2013 PMAA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show
State College, Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“Or Equal Bidding Requirements”

June 2013 Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Municipal Law Colloquium
Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“Borough Code Amendments”

December 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“How to Draft an Ordinance”

July 2012 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Requirements & Local Compliance Workshop
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Faculty Speaker
“Tax Exempt Financing”

Sam has also provided an article for the BCA Newsletter/Borough News in January 2018 – “Accessing Opportunities for Cooperation in 2018”  /Portals/0/Documents/January2018NLBCA_Final.pdf?ver=2018-08-14-113032-000 as well as contributing to an article for the Borough News in August 2019 on code enforcement/property maintenance /Portals/0/Documents/Code Enforcement - PTN Aug19.pdf?ver=2019-09-05-124159-423  and has recently submitted an article for the Borough News – “Role of the Solicitor” for the December 2019 issue.


Juris Doctorate (2006)
Honors: Three certificates of achievement (highest grades in Federal Courts, Legislation, and Supreme Court Politics)



  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Environmental Law
  • General Litigation


Chambersburg Office
Tel: 717-263-2121