Meshbesher & Spence
Mike Snyder likes to mention that he started at the Meshbesher law firm on April Fool’s Day 1980. But his nearly 34 years at the firm have been no joke.
Snyder has built an impressive portfolio in vehicular and construction accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and cases involving catastrophic injuries. More important, he has taken on a crucial leadership role in the firm over the past year-plus following the 2012 death of managing partner John Sheehy, who Snyder refers to as “one of my best friends.”
Colleagues at the firm give Snyder credit for guiding it through the tough times after Sheehy’s death. But Snyder said that whatever was needed to make that transition was already engrained in the firm’s culture.
“There was a real camaraderie here when I started, and a real sense of mentorship,” said Snyder. “Russ Spence was a great mentor, and so was Ron Meshbesher. Just about everyone who has worked here came up through the ranks. I developed some great friendships.”
Even though he never had designs on a management role – “I’m a lawyer, not a businessman” – Snyder said he was groomed for leadership by his late colleague. He’s now on the firm’s board of directors along with Mark Streed, Jeff Oistad and Tony Nemo.
“John was a good businessman,” Snyder said of Sheehy. “He was really our managing partner for a very long time. He browbeat me into going on the board, and I started to help run the place. We’re run by committee more than ever before.”
With Meshbesher recently retired, Snyder is now the senior-most attorney at Meshbesher & Spence.
“I’ve never wanted to leave,” he said. “You start off at the bottom right of the letterhead, and with longevity you work your way up.”