About Trellis

Our Mission
Provide innovative, attentive, and cost-effective legal services to non-profits, businesses, and citizens to make legal representation more accessible and help our clients succeed.

Attorney Marlene van Es

 Principal   Attorney-at-Law  Marlene@Trellispgh.com


Marlene is excited and honored to be working with local entrepreneurs, businesses, non profits, and communities in Western Pennsylvania. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Marlene is an experienced transactional attorney who has helped many small businesses, non-profits, and individuals navigate legal issues such as entity formation, contracts, lease agreements, etc. utilizing plain language and an approachable method to legal problem solving. She has a specialty in food, agriculture, and creative business legal needs, including Right to Farm Act, nutritional labeling, food establishment/kitchen permitting, agritainment liability, creative contract terms, etc. 

Marlene's experience on farms, in corporate CSR advising, and environmental advocacy has fostered the understanding that business transactions involve invaluable relationships. Therefore, she helps her clients navigate incorporating important legal structures to help these relationships flourish. She has a deep passion for increasing the accessibility of legal services so we can all grow together as a community.

Outside of the office, Marlene helps advance social entrepreneurship, serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, is an active member of Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and serves as an alternate on the Allegheny County Health Department Food Safety Adivsory Committee. In June 2017, Marlene was named in the Incline's Who's Next: Law as one of 12 Pittsburghers under 40 shaping the legal community. Marlene is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Trellis is a business member of the Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). 

Trellis is a Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business with Silver level designation.