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Patrick M. McKenna

17 East Gay Street, Suite 100 West Chester, Pennsylvania 19381
Firm: Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
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Overview
Firm

Gawthrop Greenwood, PC


Years In Practice

21


Phone Number (610) 696-8225

Patrick has extensive experience representing numerous municipalities, zoning hearing boards, municipal authorities, and planning commissions in Chester and Delaware Counties. In addition, he advises and guides private land owners and developers through complex commercial land development matters, from acquisition and planning, through the permitting and land development phases. He has represented clients on matters including townhome developments, senior care homes, national fast-food franchise developments, manufacturing plants and warehousing, and shopping center developments.

Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Saint Joseph’s University, and received his law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law, where he was a Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow, serving as a law clerk to Delaware Supreme Court Justice Joseph T. Walsh. Prior to joining Gawthrop, he served as the law clerk to the Hon. Anthony A. Sarcione, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, and as an associate attorney in a regional insurance defense firm.

A member of the Chester County Bar Association since 2002, Patrick has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division and past Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. He is also past President of the Chester County Bar Foundation. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 2004, where he currently sits as a Zone 9 Delegate At-Large to the PBA House of Delegates, and was recently elected Chair of the PBA Municipal Law Section Council. In addition, he is a member of the Solicitor Section of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

In the community, Patrick serves as a board member for the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. He is also a past President of the Board of Directors of Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc., a shelter for single homeless men and women. In addition, he is a past President of the Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. American Inn of Court, a 2007 graduate of Leadership Chester County, an Assistant Editor to the Chester County Legal Reporter, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Patrick was selected a seventh time as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine.

Patrick also has extensive experience prosecuting and defending land use violations (enforcement cases) and matters under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, and has shared his knowledge at several seminars over the years.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Bar Admissions
United States Supreme Court
Admitted in 2015
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Admitted in 2003
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Admitted in 2003
New Jersey
Admitted in 2001
Pennsylvania
Admitted in 2001
Awards
  • Super Lawyers, Pennsylvania, 2019 - 2021

     

  • Main Line Today Top Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2017-2021
  • Super Lawyers Pennsylvania "Rising Star" in Land Use/Zoning 2007, 2008, 2011-2015
  • Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Public Service Award 2007
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Chester County Division, Certificate of Appreciation 2005

  • Daily Local News Best Lawyers - 2021 Readers Choice Awards
Organizations & Affiliations
Chester County Bar Association
Member and Past President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer
Chester County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
Past Chair
Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Past Chair
Chester County Bar Foundation
President
Chester County Legal Reporter
Assistant Editor
Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
Board Member
Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
Board Member
Leadership Chester County
2007 Graduate
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates
Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Municipal Law Section Council
Member
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
Member
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Solicitor Section
Member
Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc.
Past Board Member and Past President of the Board
The Honorable John E. Stively, Jr. American Inn of Court
Past President
Education
Widener University - Delaware Campus, J.D.
Graduated 2001
Saint Joseph's University, B.A.
Graduated 1997
Contact Details and Office Locations
17 East Gay Street, Suite 100
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19381
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