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Bill brings an in-depth knowledge of civil rights and employment law to the matters he handles for individuals and businesses. Bill served in the United States Army for 33 years (1976-2009), 7 years of service was on active duty.


He has extensive experience in Federal and State Court civil litigation, including insurance, privacy law and commercial transactions.


Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Employment Law

  • Litigation


Recent Representations:

  • Brought suit against Chester County under the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause for denying women equal access to prison work release programs, resulting in fair compensation to the client, as well as the acceleration of the county’s plans to build a modern work release facility, a project that had repeatedly been pushed to the budget back burner until the county was sued.

  • Represented the mayor of a local borough in a libel action against a newspaper, resulting in a landmark decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejecting the existence of a “neutral reportage” privilege for the media, which had been adopted in some other jurisdictions, under which a newspaper would have been licensed to repeat the defamatory comments of other public officials, regardless of how false they might be.

  • Defended a multinational corporation in a Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation case where the EEOC had determined that unlawful discrimination and retaliation had taken place but, through careful presentation of facts, obtained a jury verdict exonerating the client.

  • Successfully represented an employee being accused by a former employer after his resignation of wrongfully using confidential information in his new, competitive, business.

  • Bill has been selected as a Top Lawyer by Main Line Today every year the magazine has published on the subject and a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2009.

  • In addition to practicing as a JAG officer for 5 years, Bill served a total of 33 years in the Army and retired as a Colonel serving, among other places, in Iraq and Kosovo.





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Practice areas

  1. Discrimination: 25%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 10%
  3. Intellectual Property: 10%
  4. Employee Benefits: 10%
  5. Other: 45%
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Hourly ($350/hour), contingent (40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Peter Hart

    I endorse this lawyer. He's the best at what he does.


    Peter Hart Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Timothy F. Rayne

    I have worked with Bill for many years and have referred him dozens of Employment cases. Bill is one of the most, if not the most, knowledgeable and experienced Employment Law litigators in this area. Bill knows the law and fights hard to win justice for his clients.


    Timothy Rayne Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

MacElree Harvey Ltd.

17 West Miner Street
Po Box 660
West Chester, PA, 19382

MacElree Harvey Ltd

211 East State Street
P.O. Box 363
Kennett Square, PA, 19348-3111

MacElree Harvey Ltd

5721 Kennett Pike
Centreville, DE, 19807



PAAdministrative Suspension197710/04/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent for ethical standards and legal abilityMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2013
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2009
Iraq Campaign MedalUnited States Army2005
Bronze Star MedalUnited States Army2005
NATO MedalNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DirectorMacElree Harvey Ltd2002 - Present
PartnerLegg & Wilson1984 - 2002
CaptainUnited States Army1979 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Bar AssociationVice President2014 - Present
Chester County Bar FoundationBoard member2013 - Present
West Chester Daybreak Lions ClubBoard President2010 - 2011
West Chester Area Senior CenterBoard President2008 - 2009
West Chester Area Senior CenterBoard Member2006 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
West Chester Area Senior CenterPast PresidentN/A
West Chester Daybreak Lions ClubPast PresidentN/A
West Whiteland Township Zoning Hearing BoardPast MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
The CitadelEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1976