About Us

George T. Bisel Company has been continuously serving the Pennsylvania legal profession for years. Our company was established in Philadelphia in 1876 by William Felix Bisel (b.1847), an attorney, who also served as a private in the 1863 26th Pennsylvania Militia during the Civil War. In 1877 he was joined by his 18 year-old brother, George (b.1859). The Bisel brothers and family were from Turbotville Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. In the early days of the business they sold law blanks and stationery. William Bisel died on June 8th, 1881 at age 34 leaving the humble enterprise for George to carry on.

Mr. Bisel traveled throughout Pennsylvania calling on lawyers and judges with a product line that included law blanks, stationery, pen points, ink and pencils, since stationery stores as we know them today were not widely available outside the big cities. In time, used law books were added to the line, and this paved the way for us to develop our own line of new publications.

Modest quarters were rented in Philadelphia at Sixth and Walnut Streets, followed by moves to several locations in the 700 block of Sansom Street, which was near the old Court House on Independence Square. Since that time that block developed into the famed "Jeweler's Row" of today. During this period, Mr. Bisel began publishing new Pennsylvania legal publications, including predecessors of what later became major Pennsylvania reference and practice sets, such as Purdon's Pa. Digest, Dunlap's Book of Forms and Troubat & Haly's Practice. Mr. Bisel spent his remaining years residing at the Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, and he died on March 28th, 1941, at the age 82.

Frank Zuch Picture The modern era was begun with our move to 710 South Washington Square in May 1948 with a 15 year lease, and subsequent purchase of our building in 1963. With continuing family management, this period saw the beginning of our current publication program of contemporary Pennsylvania practice texts, which is still being expanded, and today forms the bulwark of the comprehensive and respected lines of legal materials we offer to the profession as the leader in treatises on practice and procedure in our Commonwealth.

Now, with the involvement of the sixth generation of family management, we continue the year tradition of service to the Pennsylvania Bench and Bar, by seeking to expand and improve access to vital and instructional legal information and procedures, both in the books we sell and in the services we provide to our valued subscribers.
Franklin Jon Zuch