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Brian has considerable experience in representing developers, entrepreneurs, institutions and individuals in land use, zoning, tax assessment appeals and related litigation.


Previously, he worked in the solicitor role for a number of municipalities. As a result, he has extensive knowledge and experience in managing matters at the municipal and state government levels. He currently serves as Solicitor to the Chester County Controller.


Brian formerly served as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


Outside of the office:

Brian is married with three children. He plays ice hockey regularly and enjoys other sports as well as music and spending time outdoors.


Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate

  • Environmental Law

  • Litigation

  • Land Use


Recent Representations:

  • Successfully represented a commercial developer in all phases of the development of a multi-unit office building including: 1) property acquisition/agreement of sale negotiation, due diligence, financing and settlement; 2) obtained conditional use and land development approvals for the office building; 3) worked through environmental issues with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the local conservation district; 4) represented the same client in the creation of an office condominium for the project.

  • Successfully represented a client in obtaining numerous variances followed by conditional use and land development approvals for the construction of a bank.

  • Successfully represented non-profit corporations in seeking and obtaining real estate tax exemptions.

  • Successfully represented commercial and residential clients in real estate tax assessment appeals.

  • Successfully represented clients in a real estate seller’s disclosure law case.

  • Successfully represented clients in seeking and achieving the striking of mechanic’s liens.

  • Successfully represented clients in addressing complex zoning and other municipal issues.

  • Successfully represented many individuals in buying and selling commercial or residential real estate.




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Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 65%
    15 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    15 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    15 years



Hourly ($300-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Brian for many years. He is a smart, conscientious, and dedicated attorney. I would not hesitate to refer a friend, family member or client to Brian.


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Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA, 19381-0660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication to Legal AidLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania2005
National Residence Hall HonoraryNRHH1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMacElree Harvey, Ltd.2005 - Present
AttorneyBuckley Brion2004 - 2005
Law ClerkSupreme Court of Pennsylvania2003 - 2003
AttorneyBuckley Nagle2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Handi-Crafters, Inc.Secretary of the Board2005 - Present
Chester County Bar FoundationDirector2004 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember, House of Delegates2002 - 2010
Chester County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
Chester County 20/20Board MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Flex Building DevelopmentFlex Building Development Approval
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Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey (Resources)Creating Your Own Stimulus2009
MacElree Harvey (Resources)Industrial Land Use: Unique Challenges in Flex Space Development2007
MacElree Harvey (Resources)This Land is not Your Land2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000
Catholic University of AmericaAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pa Broker LicensingZoning and Land Use for Brokers2012
Career Development-Widener UniversityCommercial Real Estate Practice2008
What You Need to Know About Land Use RegulationsLand Use Regulations2005