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.

Marlene van Es

Principal   Attorney-at-Law  Marlene@Trellispgh.com


Marlene is honored to be working with local entrepreneurs, businesses, non profits, and communities in Western Pennsylvania. 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, and must support, invaluable relationships.

Marlene 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. 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, serves as an alternate on the Allegheny County Health Department Food Safety Advisory Committee, and enjoys hiking, cooking, and travelling. She has been 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 admitted in United States District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

George Jugovic, Jr.

Of Counsel   Attorney-at-Law  George@Trellispgh.com

Of Counsel

George is thrilled to have the opportunity to use his knowledge and experience to assist individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses at Trellis Legal.  George comes to Trellis with many years working  in the environmental law field. He’s deeply knowledgeable on many of Pennsylvania’s environmental laws that concern the use of our land, air and waters.  George is an experienced litigator– winning a number of precedent setting cases in environmental law before Pennsylvania courts. He is an expert on the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution, has litigated important land use cases, and represented clients in matters regarding conservation easements, land remediation, and landowner rights under oil and gas leases.  As Vice President and General Counsel for a statewide nonprofit, George gained a wide range of experience in organizational matters such as contracts, state and federal rules on lobbying and political campaigns, and non-profit management.

George obtained a BS in environmental resource management from Penn State University and his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he also received a Certificate in Environment and Natural Resources Law.  He has lectured widely on a variety of topics and taught as an adjunct professor at Pitt and Duquesne University Schools of Law. George spends his spare time hiking, kayaking, hunting and tending to his thirty acre farm north of Pittsburgh, where he restored a 100-year old farmhouse. George is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and admitted in United States District Courts in the Middle and Western Districts 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.