Gary Alizzeo joined Shafer Law Firm in 2004 and is a principal with the firm. As former General Counsel of a Crawford County manufacturing company, Gary focuses much of his practice on advising business, municipal and institutional clients on strategic business matters, and generally trying to solve his clients' day to day legal headaches. Over the past 13 years Gary has successfully helped numerous clients to start, purchase, sell or refinance their businesses, and in 2016 and 2017, such transactions collectively exceeded over $130 million dollars. Gary presently serves as the Solicitor for the City of Meadville and Co-Solicitor for the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville. Gary’s practice also includes handling a wide range of commercial and residential real estate matters and estate planning. Gary previously served as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney on a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and presently accepts criminal matters on a limited basis.
Gary is an Eagle Scout, and previously served as a Deacon and Elder with First Presbyterian Church in Meadville. Gary is the past President of the CASA Board of Directors (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Crawford County, which position he held for five years. Gary and his wife and two daughters reside in Meadville.
Admitted to Bar: 1994, Pennsylvania and Virgin Islands; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; Federal District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania (Active) and District Court of the Virgin Islands (Inactive).
Education: Ithaca College (B.S., 1991); Villanova University (M.A., 1994; J.D., 1994).
Experience: Associate Attorney, Del Ricci Harper Zentrgaf and Czaplicki (Blue Bell, PA) 1994-1996; Assistant Attorney General, Virgin Islands Department of Justice, 1996-1999, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1997-1999; Associate Attorney, Dudley Topper and Feuerzeig (U.S. Virgin Islands), 1999-2001; General Counsel, Sipco Molding Technologies (Meadville, PA), 2001-2004; Shafer Law Firm, 2004-present.