Allison E. Thiel

Allison E. Thiel

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

Allison is an associate in the firm and focuses her practice on family and criminal law. She has extensive background in each area.

Allison was born and raised in Ligonier, PA, and graduated from Ligonier Valley High School in 2003. She attended Penn State University from 2003-2007, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with a minor in Psychology. During her time at Penn State, Allison was involved in Student Government, Student Government Presidential campaigns, and the Athletic Affairs Committee.

Following Penn State, Allison attended law school at the University of Widener, School of Law in Harrisburg, PA. While there, Allison served on the Widener University Law Review. During the summer following her first year, Allison completed an internship with the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office, where she discovered her interest in criminal law. During law school, she worked for the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic, as well as for the criminal defense firm, Gover, Perry & Shore.

Upon her return to Ligonier in 2011, Allison began serving as judicial law clerk for the Honorable John J. Driscoll from 2011 through 2015, and began her career in family law. Through her position there, she has dealt with individuals going through divorce and custody litigation, as well as Protection from Abuse actions. Allison has completed training to become a certified mediator in that area.

Allison is an active member of the Westmoreland County Bar Association and is involved in multiple committees within the association. She has served as chair of the Young Lawyer's Committee, as well as the Bench/Bar Committee. Allison was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Additionally, Allison is a board member of the Ned J. Nakles American Inns of Court and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Family Law
  • 50% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2010


  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Law Review: Widner Law Review, Associate Staff Member - Senior Staff Member, 2008 - 2010
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Major: Journalism
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Westmoreland County Bar Association, Member, 2011 - 2016
  • Ned J. Nakles Inn of Court, Board Member, 2011 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Gover, Perry & Shore - Criminal Defense Law Firm, Legal Clerk, 2008 - 2011
  • The Honorable John J. Driscoll, Judicial Law Clerk, 2011 - 2016