Brett M. Woodburn

Brett M. Woodburn

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Brett M. Woodburn received his undergraduate degrees in History and English from Allegheny College and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the Federal District Court for the Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Woodburn handles real estate law, professional licensing law, employment law and policy, and general corporate matters. Mr. Woodburn serves as general counsel to Keystone Human Services, and serves as associate general counsel to the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. Mr. Woodburn is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and the Dauphin County Bar Associations. Mr. Woodburn served as the 2012 President for the Dauphin County Bar Association, and was the 2005 chair of the Dauphin County Young Lawyers Division. Within the Pennsylvania Bar Association, he is an officer and council member for the Real Property Division of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, is a past chair of the Plain English Committee, and currently serves on the Charitable Organizations Committee, Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee, ADR Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee.

His work with the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® has included publishing various works and articles pertaining to recent developments in the areas of real estate law, Fair Housing and RESPA, as well as conducting continuing education and risk-reduction seminars for REALTORS® across the Commonwealth. Mr. Woodburn speaks to REALTORS® through the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® Legal Hotline. Mr. Woodburn is the former clerk to the Honorable John M. Cleland, 48th Judicial District in McKean County.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1999

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Leases
  • Professional Negligence Defense
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
  • Professional License Defense
  • Licensing
  • Mediation
  • Employment Contracts--Employer
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Construction Contracts
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance
  • Title Insurance
  • Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
  • Administrative Investigations
  • Arbitration
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Transactions
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Trade Associations
  • Americans with Disabilities Act--Employer
  • Employee Rights--Employer
  • Employment Discrimination--Employer
  • Sexual Harassment--Employer
  • Wrongful Termination--Employer
  • Housing & Urban Development
  • Mental Health
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Directors' & Officers Liability' Insurance
  • State Appellate Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Other Professionals Malpractice
  • Conveyancing
  • Secured Transactions
  • US Supreme Court

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2005


  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Law Review: Law Review, Lead Articles, Editor, 1996 - 1997
  • Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: History and English Double Major

Published Works

  • 16th Annual Real Estate Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CR-7444, 2012
  • Real Estate 101, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012-7160, 2012

Representative Clients

  • Keystone Human Services
  • Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS
  • Palm Development, Inc.


  • RESPA Update and Best of the Hotline, Suburban West Assoc. of REALTORS, 2013
  • Legal Update: Disclosures and Agreements, Montgomery County Assoc. of REALTORS, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Angelo Skarlatos Award, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1999 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, President, 2012, 1999 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable John M. Cleland, Law Clerk, 1997 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Dauphin County Bar Association, 1999 - Present
  • U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000 - Present


  • Phi Kappa Psi