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Harry Joseph DiDonato

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With elite business knowledge and foresight, Harry embraces the opportunity to be a problem solver and enjoys finding common sense solutions to complex legal and business problems.


Harry is an experienced transactional attorney and business advisor who works to guide clients through a myriad of legal and business issues. He focuses on solving the business needs of startups as well as more mature companies. As a business owner, Harry understands firsthand the obstacles and opportunities that many small businesses face. His innovative perspective, experience and aptitude make him a strong business partner and advocate.


Practice Areas:

  • Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations

  • Real Estate

  • Business

  • Mergers & Acquisitions


Areas of Concentration:

Harry has over 25 years of legal experience counseling individuals, small businesses and middle market companies regarding all aspects of general business and corporate matters, real estate transactions, business sales and succession, and tax planning. His representation often starts with advising on the formation and structure of the entity, continues with representing his clients in issues facing small to mid-market companies including contracts, employment matters, financing, and tax matters and ultimately assisting his clients in preparation for and consummation of a liquidity event, whether an equity sale, asset sale, merger or otherwise.


Harry has successfully led interdisciplinary teams of attorneys at MacElree to structure, document, negotiate and numerous mergers and acquisitions. He tends to focus on the “big picture” for his clients while also minding the details. His clients include buyers, sellers, investors, strategic partners and financial advisors.


In addition to serving as general outside counsel for many companies across various industries, Harry devotes a significant portion of his practice to real estate matters from acquisition, coordination of entitlement process, documentation, construction, sale, lease-up, management and financing. He has handled a variety of real estate transactions for owners, developers, contractors, sellers and purchasers alike. Harry, together with MacElree’s real estate group is a team of professionals that is results orientated and experience in any type of commercial real estate project.


With an LL.M in taxation, Harry works closely with his clients to advise on estate and planning opportunities, including business succession planning and transfers of family owned businesses to the next generation.


Harry has an AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest legal ability and ethical standards rating. Harry has been consistently named a SuperLawyer as published by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. Only five percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania are recognized on this annual list, which is based upon a multi-phase rating process of peer nominations and evaluations, combined with third party research.


Out of the Office:

When not in the office Harry can be found spending time “at the shore” with his wife and three children, on the golf course at Chester Valley Golf Club, or running on a local trail. Harry is a passionate, and only sometimes obnoxious, fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.



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Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 60%
  2. Real Estate: 40%



Hourly ($395/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

17 West Miner Street
Post Office Box 660
West Chester, PA, 19382-3213


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top LawyerMain Line Today2015
SuperlawyerSuperLawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers magazine2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers magazine2008
Pennsylvania Rising StarsSuper Lawyers magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.1991 - Present
AttorneyRawle and Henderson1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester Valley Golf ClubPresident2012 - 2014
Chester Valley Golf ClubBoard of Governors2009 - 2014
Devon Prep Board of TrusteesMember2008 - Present
Chester County Chamber of Business and IndustryBoard Member1998 - 2010
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey, Ltd.Real Estate Market Blues May Have a Silver Lining2008
MacElree Harvey NewsletterHosting a Party This Spring?2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Taxation1995
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Notre DameN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey Presents: Retail Liquor LicensesRetail Liquor Licenses2015
industry groupsreal estate matters, tax matters, estate planning and mergers and acquisitionsN/A