Jill M. Scheidt joined the firm of Masano Bradley in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law in 1992.
Ms. Scheidt has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since 1992 and a member of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts since 1993. Since 1992, she has practiced extensively in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense and family law. Having litigated a variety of cases to verdict, including premises liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, assault, DUI and three murder cases, including one capital case, she has a diverse litigation breadth of knowledge. She has also taught courses in the paralegal program at the Pennsylvania State University in legal research, legal writing, civil procedure, criminal law and torts. She taught Introduction to Business as an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College.
Ms. Scheidt served on the Board of Directors of the Reading Musical Foundation, Berks County’s premier music funding non-profit agency, 1998 through 2010. She has held positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Outreach Committee and was Chair of the Board of the Foundation from 2006 to 2009. She was appointed to the Board of the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation in 2012. Ms. Scheidt is also solicitor for the Ringgold Band and played clarinet with the band for a few years in the 1990’s.
Ms. Scheidt became involved in the Berks County Bar Association, after admission, by joining the Young Lawyers Section and has remained active ever since. She was President of the Board of Directors in 2011. She currently chairs the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee and the Admissions and Membership Committee. She is a former editor of the Berks County Law Journal, and former Chair of the following committees: Outreach, Criminal Law and Governmental Affairs.
Recognizing that the Hispanic Community is especially vulnerable to fraud perpetrated by notaries public, she represented the Berks County Bar Association and the Daniel Torres Hispanic Center of Reading in a civil suit in 2005. The suit was against a notary who represented litigants in the Hispanic community. For her efforts, she was recognized in 2006 by then PBA President Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr. with the PBA President’s Everyday Leader Award.
She is a frequent speaker on local television and radio shows discussing various legal topics. She is also a presenter and moderator of courses for other lawyers on a variety of topics including mental health issues, unauthorized practice of law, effective use of paralegals and criminal law topics including expungement. Ms. Scheidt was active in the PBA YLD as a young lawyer and is currently a member of the PBA UPL Committee, having previously been appointed as Vice Chair of that committee. She is currently Vice Chair of the Corrections Committee. She was also appointed to serve on the PBA’s Political Action Committee and did so in 2008. She is a member of the Women in the Profession and serves on the investigative committee for the Judicial Evaluation Committee as well as the President’s Planning Committee.
- Ms. Scheidt was honored by the Girls Scouts with the Take the Lead Award in April 2014.
- Ms. Scheidt was appointed as co-chair of the Berks County Family Law section for a two year term in 2016.
- Ms. Scheidt was appointed to a 3 year term to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Foundation in 2016.