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Lance J. Nelson

Lance J. Nelson

Practice areas:

Family, Commercial, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support

About Me

I counsel individuals and companies in a variety of litigation-related areas. With regard to individual clients, I counsel them with regard to divorce, support, custody, contract issues, business disputes, pre- and post- nuptial agreements and adoption. With business clients, I assist them in navigating a variety of issues including contract disputes, construction issues, corporate control issues and other aspects of day-to-day business disputes.


 


Snce joining MacElree Harvey in 1992, I was elected to be a shareholder in 1998 and chosen to serve on the Executive Commitee, and ultimately, as the Managing Partner from 2001 to 2011.


 


Practice Areas:



  • Alimony

  • Divorce

  • Legal Custody

  • Mediation

  • Child Support

  • Legal Malpractice

  • Litigation

  • Family Law


 


Recent Representations:



  • Successfully represented in a non-jury trial a non-profit organization to resolve certain corporate governance issues that were raised by a dissident group of members.

  • Counseled a father with a significant interest in a family-owned business. Worked with client and client’s spouse’s counsel to resolve issues related to the value of the family-owned business, the division of the marital property, an equally shared custody arrangement and ongoing support obligations without resorting to any court intervention.

  • Worked with a mother whose husband owned a substantial business. Through many court hearings in the litigation process, successfully resolved for this mother all of the issues related to the value of the husband’s business, a custody schedule, appropriate support payments and the division of the marital property.

  • Counseled children who own significant portions of multigeneration family-owned business through the prenuptial process. Helped young man navigate an already stressful pre-wedding situation and address the consequences of his ownership in a multi-million dollar family business without injecting more stress with his fiance.

  • Represented a professional service firm through the arbitration process when a former owner left taking many clients with him. Through the arbitration, successfully secured for the majority owner enforcement of certain financial and other obligations of the departing shareholder.

  • After a multi-day non-jury trial, successfully secured a substantial judgment for a custom builder that included not only sums that were due under the contract, but lost profits.


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Family: 30%
    24 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    24 years
  3. Commercial: 25%
    24 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    24 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    24 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Daniel Edward McCabe

    I've known and worked with Lance for a number of years. Not only is he an excellent attorney, but he is an excellent father of a wonderful family. He is my go to guy when it comes to family law.

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    Daniel McCabe Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

MacElree Harvey Ltd

17 W Miner Street
PO Box 660
West Chester, PA, 19382

MacElree Harvey Ltd

211 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348

MacElree Harvey Ltd

5721 Kennett Pike
Centreville, DE, 19807

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive199105/31/2015
DEActive199111/15/2012

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Awesome AttorneySuburban Life Magazine2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best of the Main LineMain Line Today Magazine2014
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2014
Best of the Main LineMain Line Today Magazine2013
Best of the Main LineMain Line Today Magazine2012
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2012
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2011
Best of the Main LineMain Line Today Magazine2011
Best of the Main Line Family LawMain Line Today Magazine2010
Super LawyerPhiladelphia Magazine2010
Citizen of the YearGreater West Chester Chamber of Commerce2009
Best of the Main LineMain Line Today Magazine2007
Best of the Main Line Family LawMain Line Today Magazine2007
Order of the CoifVillanova University School of Law1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.1992 - Present
AssociateSawyer & Akin1990 - 1992

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
West Chester Public LibraryTreasurer2012 - Present
West Chester Public LibraryBoard Member2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2011 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - 2011
Chester County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2010 - 2010
Chester County Bar AssociationVice President2009 - 2009
West Chester Downtown FoundationPast President and Board Member2006 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2003 - 2012
West Chester Business Improvement DistrictPast President and Board Member2003 - Present
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaHearing Committee Member2001 - 2008
West Chester University Presidential Scholorship FundPast Chair and Committee Member2000 - 2012
Legal Aid of Chester CountyBoard of Directors1998 - 2000
Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair1998 - 1998
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey NewsletterWhy would I need a Prenuptial Agreement?2007
MacElree Harvey NewsletterInheritance and Child Support Obligations2006
MacElree Harvey NewsletterAt the Heart of the Conflict: Who decides where a child is baptized?2006
MacElree Harvey NewsletterEffects of a Lavish Lifestyle on Suport2006
MacElree Harvey NewsletterA custodial parent's right to move and change schools2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Boston CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Bench Bar ConferenceFamily Law2008
Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board Fall Training SeminarAttorney Discipline Process2006
Institute of Management Accountants Fall ConferenceDivorce And Pre-Nuptial Agreements For Privately-Held Business Owners2006
Current Accounting Issues in DivorcesTax Issues in Divorce2006
State Bar ConferanceDrawing The Line: How To Have A Successful Law Practice And A Personal Life2001
Introduction to Chester County PracticeFamily Law2001
Fundamentals of Civil PracticeLitigation2001
Introduction to Chester County PracticeFamily Law2000
Fundamentals of Civil PracticeLitigation2000