Our Firm History

The law firm of Guthrie, Nonemaker, Yingst & Hart, LLP evolved from Rudisill and Rudisill, a law firm founded in 1944. The firm has been located at the same building at 40 York Street in Hanover since the 1950’s. Guthrie, Nonemaker, Yingst & Hart, LLP has long been established as a legal keystone in the local community. The firm’s success and longevity has allowed it to forge many, strong local connections with a multitude of local business, government and civic entities that the firm is able to utilize to best assist its clients.

The firm was founded by the brothers Harold and Ralph Rudisill, who, in addition to running an active law office, were state representatives for the local area of Pennsylvania. In the early 1960’s, Harold Rudisill brought in two young recent law school graduates, Louis T. Guthrie and Joseph E. Erb, both of whom, after serving in World War II, went on to graduate from law school. Joseph Erb went on to become President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of York County. Louis Guthrie practiced law until his retirement in 2002, representing many individuals, businesses, and municipalities as well as being bank counsel for Farmers Bank and Trust Co. for over 30 years which as some may remember was a predecessor of M & T Bank through a number of mergers.

Through the years Keith R. Nonemaker, Morrison B. Williams, James T. Yingst, Matthew L. Guthrie and D. J. Hart have joined the firm and continued its tradition. Morrison Williams was a World War II veteran with roots in the South. Morrison was a highly respected trial attorney who later in his practice became a Divorce Master with the York County Court of Common Pleas and retired thereafter.

Although the address of the firm has not changed in over 60 years, the firm has expanded within the premises. Initially the firm took up one floor and the building also housed an accountant and a cemetery business. In 1985 the firm built an addition to the first floor and later expanded to occupy the entire building.

The firm is currently lead by its four partners and eight support staff members. It continues the tradition of diligent and aggressive representation of its clients, including individuals, businesses, municipalities and non-profit entities, in the community and in the courts. A consultation with a member of Guthrie, Nonemaker, Yingst & Hart, LLP is the first step to obtaining the assistance of the firm’s long-term experience and traditional approach to solving any legal issue.