A Conversation With: Daniel FreyAttorney, Barley Snyder; vice chairman, Main Street Hanover Inc.
Daniel Frey, 72, is an attorney with Barley Snyder's Hanover office and was recently elected vice chairman of Main Street Hanover Inc.
He practices in six of the firm’s groups, including real estate, food and agribusiness, and finance and creditors’ rights. He is also a former assistant district attorney in York County and past president of the county bar association.
Frey earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dickinson College and his juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School.
He and his wife, Susan, will celebrate 50 years of marriage in June. They have two sons, four granddaughters and one grandson. They reside in Abbottstown.
Q: Downtown Hanover has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years. In your new role, how do you hope to keep the momentum going?
A: It really is a coordinated effort between a group of private, public and nonprofit groups. Of course, nonprofit is where Main Street Hanover fits in. The purpose of that coordinated effort is to stimulate our downtown business revitalization. Downtown Hanover has seen some struggles in the past. Right now it’s a very exciting time for the Hanover community. Businesses are coming back downtown. The Borough of Hanover has engaged a consultant, and the first meeting the public was invited to was standing-room only, because the consultant wanted the input of the people of the downtown community. So it’s a very exciting time for downtown and everyone connected with its revitalization. There’s more vision on the part of everyone connected than I’ve ever seen. I’m a Hanover native, our law firm is downtown and it’s just a good thing to see.
You were previously York County’s assistant district attorney. Aside from the obvious, what differences have you found between criminal and civil law?
Criminal law is confined in the sense that it’s restricted by the criminal code or state statutes set up. In terms of being a prosecutor or even being a defense counsel, you have a really specialized area you can concentrate in. In civil law, I started out as a general practitioner in a small town, which meant that whatever client came in the door that had a civil issue, I would handle that. I did divorce law, real estate, estate planning, and over a period of time I got to the point where I could specialize in business law and real estate law. When you get into civilian law it’s a broad brush of different areas of law, as opposed to criminal law.
With expertise in a range of areas including real estate, estate planning and agriculture regulations, just to name a few, which do you find most interesting and why?
I wouldn’t say that one area of law that I specialize in intrigues me more than another, but what I get satisfaction out of, no matter what area of law I’m practicing, is being able to assist and help clients, whether they are individual or business clients. I take great satisfaction out of helping my clients.
What is your favorite spot in downtown Hanover?
My favorite spot is the Famous Hot Weiner. That’s one of my favorite haunts. The other side of this is: Our law office sits on center square, and I have a window that faces the square, so I get to see everything that’s going on out there on a daily basis. Some of it’s good, some of it is really interesting.