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Centreville, DE
Centreville, DE

5721 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807

Hockessin, DE
Hockessin, DE

724 Yorklyn Rd #100
Hockessin, DE 19707

Kennett Square, PA
Kennett Square, PA

209 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

West Chester, PA
West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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History of the Firm

To us, the history of our law firm means more than a timeline of events; it’s a chronicle of how we have developed relationships as trusted family and business lawyers, with the hundreds of clients who have placed their trust in us over the decades we have been in business. As we move forward through the 21st century, we look forward to continuing our dedication as Pennsylvania and Delaware’s trusted law firm.

1880 Firm founded by Wilmer W. MacElree

1908 Paul MacElree joins the firm

1949 Lawrence E. MacElree joins the firm

1953 Lawrence MacElree appointed President Judge of the newly formed Orphans’ Court of Chester County

1954 John O. Platt joins and the firm name is changed to MacElree and Platt

1955 D.T. Marrone joins MacElree and Platt

1957 The firm is renamed MacElree, Platt and Marrone

1962 Honorable Joseph F. Harvey joins the firm and the name is changed to MacElree, Platt, Marrone and Harvey

1968 D.T. Marrone is appointed Judge Chester County Court of Common Pleas

1970 Lichtenfeld and Gallagher merge with MacElree, Platt, Marrone and Harvey

Numerous name changes occurred over the years that follow:

  • MacElree, Harvey, Gallagher & Kean
  • MacElree, Harvey, Gallagher & O’Donnell
  • MacElree, Harvey, Gallagher & Featherman
  • MacElree, Harvey, Gallagher, Featherman & Sebastian, Ltd.

2000 The firm officially shortens the name to MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

2006 Firm expands into Delaware and opens Centreville office

2021 Hockessin office opens


Image courtesy of the Chester County Historical Society.