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Kennett Square, PA
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West Chester, PA
West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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Peter E. Kratsa Partner - Criminal Defense and Personal Injury

(O) (610) 840-0209
(M) (610) 636-1800

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“I enjoy solving problems for clients. My approach is both analytical and tactical. The goal is always the same: the best possible outcome for my client.”

Mr. Kratsa, the Chair of MacElree Harvey’s Criminal Defense Practice Group, is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience defending individuals and entities accused of criminal activity. His practice includes representation of clients in state and federal criminal trials, grand jury investigations, internal investigations, appeals, state and federal regulatory matters, and juvenile delinquency matters.

Pete additionally practices personal injury and medical malpractice law where he provides the same zealous advocacy in obtaining compensation for those clients injured through the negligence of others.

Prior to joining MacElree Harvey, Pete was a partner in a private law practice which concentrated exclusively on criminal cases at the state and federal court level. Before going into private practice, Pete served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Chester County Public Defender’s Office.

Pete hosts Subject to Cross with Caroline Donato, a podcast about criminal defense and related topics under the law, available on iTunes, Google, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

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Notable Representations

  • Client acquitted by jury of Rape and related charges after a week-long trial involving multiple factual and scientific witnesses.
  • Client accused of Insurance Fraud. With the assistance of a private investigator, developed evidence that Commonwealth witness was fabricating. Witness confronted with fabrications through cross-examination. Case withdrawn by Commonwealth; arrest records expunged.
  • Favorable dispositions for multiple clients accused of sex offenses and/or violent offenses through development and advocacy of mitigation arguments.
  • Client accused of Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, and firearm-related offenses. Charges withdrawn by Commonwealth after Preliminary Hearing (cross-examination of victim and police) and filing of Pre-Trial Motion.
  • Client acquitted by jury of DUI.
  • Client accused of assault. Judge granted Pre-Trial Motion to dismiss the charges.
  • Client exonerated of Mail Fraud.
  • Representation of state and federal grand jury witnesses.




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Knows The Nuances

Mr. Kratsa provided excellent representation in my case. Very knowledgeable of the law. More importantly, he knows the nuances of the judicial process and the folks that oversee it in Chester County PA--judges, magistrates, clerks etc. Very personable; great at listening and providing advice and recommendations. Overall, an excellent and successful experience.

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So Pleased

I was referred to Peter Kratsa through a friend who had amazing things to say about him. After speaking with him the first time, I knew why my friend thought so highly of him. You could tell, even on the phone, how much he cared about his clients & the outcomes of the cases he takes on. I felt like I finally had someone on my side who I could trust. Peter and his staff are always available to speak, promptly & they explain things in the clearest of ways so you fully understand your options. I am so pleased with working with him and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance.

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GREAT ATTORNEY! Very professional and is well liked by the Chester County community. Always felt well represented. Have recommended him to many, and will continue to do so!

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Exceptional Attorney

Peter Kratsa is truly an exceptional attorney. He goes above and beyond to achieve successful outcomes for his clients. I give him my highest endorsement and recommend him to you enthusiastically.

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  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., English/History)


  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


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