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Linda Labiak MacElree

Divorce and separation Attorney at Exton, PA

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Linda MacElree (Lynn) is knowledgeable, tenacious, a formidable opponent and passionate about practicing family law. Lynn has been the head of her own boutique law firm concentrating in family law matters since 1987. After clerking for the Honorable Leonard Sugerman, Lynn has practiced for over 30 years, concentrating exclusively in the area of family law in Chester County.

 

Lynn has a straight-forward approach to cases.  In a divorce matter, after determining the marital  assets, her goal is to help find solutions to the division of assets and, if appropriate, Lynn will help work out an alimony solution. A negotiated divorce settlement that both clients can live with, although it may not have everything on each party’s wish list, is far better than an equitable distribution or alimony award imposed by a disinterested master or judge.

 

However, if a negotiated settlement cannot be achieved, Lynn is up to the task of complex litigation. Litigation requires preparation, planning, and an in-depth understanding of the issues and the law as well as knowledge of the parties, the opposing counsel and the fact finder. Lynn has 30 years of experience in family law.

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Licensed for 40 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 12/04/2022

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Linda MacElree Esquire, LLC
674 Exton Commons
Exton, PA, 19341

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Posted by Gary | July 14, 2015
Excellent Custody and Prenuptial Attorney
I offer my highest recommendation for Lynne MacElree. Lynne represented me as a male in a custody case in a very difficult county and did a phenomenal job. I trust her implicitly. She always had my interests ; as well as my children's interests at heart. Lynne took a very practical approach to my case and helped me understand all potential ramifications. She was able to be tough when she needed to be but offered sound practical advice on when to hold a line and how to move forward amicably. I re-married several years after my custody case and Lynne represented me on my Prenuptial agreement. I have continued to stay in touch with Lynne and see her as a great friend now.
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Posted by Renee | June 28, 2015
Client Recommendation
Linda MacElree is a professional, knowledgeable and respectable attorney. She is compassionate with delicate family court matters. She represented me in my custody and divorce actions which were particularly contentious between the parties. She thoroughly researches her matters and is always well prepared. As an attorney myself, I appreciate her legal strategies and sound legal advice. Her staff also works diligently and are experienced legal professionals. I highly recommend the legal services of Linda MacElree.
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Posted by Phil | June 28, 2015
Exceeded My Expectations
A top notch attorney! Linda took my good friend's case and within days notice of a court hearing she had everything was pulled together beautifully and without hesitation. Linda and her team did an outstanding job with the judge ruling in my favor of my good friend! I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a family law attorney. Excellent response time, very knowledgeable and someone who will fight for you. I am so thankful they chose her! Thank you, Linda!
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2015
I was lucky to have linda represent me.
When I was facing a divorce I took the recommendation of a friend to hire Linda MacElree. According to my friend “she was the best”. My friend was right. From the beginning one of my priorities was to have an amicable divorce . She made all the effort to grant my wish while fighting for my rights. She was always returning my emails and calls almost within 1 day. One knows how emotional a divorce can be and she was always there to listen and give advise. She became a friend during and after the divorce. I would repeat my friends opinion “she is the best”. This case was difficult as the opposing party is in the law profession as well as is his family. Not an easy task but Linda stood up to the challenge. I was lucky to have linda represent me.
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Posted by John | June 26, 2015
Professional, Compassionate and Competent Attorney
Linda L. MacElree, Esq. of West Chester PA served as my attorney in my divorce. She and her staff were truly competent and throughout acted in a thoroughly professional manner. Their high level of concern, total attention to detail and integrity were quite obvious. Lynn and her staff were easily reachable, and their response was immediate. As a direct result, the process went smoothly and took far less time than I had imagined. Highly respected for her work in family law, Lynn came strongly recommended by the managing partner in a medium-sized suburban Philadelphia law firm. His advice turned out to be spot-on. Frankly, I could not have chosen a more competent nor a more compassionate attorney. It was good to have Lynn standing by my side thus I would highly recommend her practice to anyone.
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Posted by Randi | January 25, 2010
Professional and compassionate attorney
I was fortunate to have Lynn MacElree represent me in my divorce proceeding. I found both Lynn, and her staff, to be caring and compassionate at a very difficult time. Every matter was handled in an efficient and professional way. Lynn is well organized, diligent in her filings, and easily reachable; which was very important to me. Lynn's attention to detail and excellent preparation during many court appearances, resulted in a positive outcome for me and my children. She is highly respected within the law community. Lynn was recommended to me by a Philadelphia law firm and I agree wholeheartedly with their recommendation.
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Posted by Sam D'Antonio | January 15, 2010
I Highly Recommend Ms. MacElree
Having represented me during my recent divorce, Ms. MacElree's conduct, professionalism and advice were excellent, and she took the time to display genuine care for my personal well being. Ms. MacElree's work was timely and responsive to my needs, while always mindful to provide sound practical advice. She provides expert legal services with fairness and integrity and I would not hesitate to have Lynn as my attorney if needed in the future.
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Posted by John Kuhn | January 13, 2010
Nothing but professional!
Having retained Linda's services for over 15 years, I have always found her advice and representation second to none! I have and will continue to refer her to anyone looking to retain legal guidance.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2010
From Recent Personal Experience, She Is Someone Who You Want To Represent You
Ms. MacElree was my attorney throughout my divorce and she not only provided outstanding legal advice, she also showed interest in me as a person and I felt that she cared about how I was coping with the divorce process. Lynn was accepting of what I was trying to accomplish, even though it was not something that she would have done. She gave me legal advice throughout my mediation and never advised me to become more litigious (even though she would have more to gain financially if I did). In other words, she held my hand throughout the process, gave me the insight I needed to make decisions and never let any potential financial motive on her part dictate how my case was handled. She came highly recommended to me by many people who have used her, and as importantly, by people within the county's family court system. Now I know why, and knowing what I know, I wouldn't hesitate to have Lynn as my attorney. In fact, I would demand it (but hopefully I won't need her services again).
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2009
Client Response and Recommendation
I have just recommended yet another friend in need of excellent legal advice to Linda MacElree, Esq, in West Chester PA. I have had the privilege of working with her in two separate legal problems over the years. On a child custody issue, which became very emotional and drawn-out, she remained calm and positive, reassuring me all along the way. We ended up in court twice, winning both times. She is highly respected by the West Chester legal community. I have known Lynn as a friend and lawyer for over twenty years. That is a long time. If you want a shark lawyer, while that's not her personality, I can assure you she will be a formidable force to deal with. She will not back down. You are in good hands.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Linda L. MacElree, Esquire, LLC
  • 1987 - Present

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • West Chester State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • Francis v. Francis, 358 Pa. Superior Ct. 391 (1986), 517 A.2d 997
  • Order Affirmed

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Chester County Bar Associations,Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1987 - 2016
  • Chester County Bar Associations,Family Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 1987 - 1987
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine
  • "The Need to Regulate Surrogate Mothering"
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Chester County Bar Association Fall Bench Bar
  • Custody-Where Do you Stand?
  • 2011
  • Chester County Bar Association Fall Bench Bar
  • Dating Game/Support Guidelines
  • 2010
  • Chester County Bar Association Fall Bench Bar
  • Tales From Custody
  • 2010
  • Chester County Bar Association Fall Bench Bar
  • Dying for Divorce
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Lynn on a number of divorce matters and have found her to be dedicated to her clients and to achieving the best outcomes. Most of the cases we worked on together were complex for one reason or another and required a willingness to consider alternative structures to resolve the matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Lynn on several divorce matters involving valuation of business interests and transfers of business interests and find her to be an excellent divorce lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Lynn as an opposing attorney several years ago on an case involving complex financial issues and a hotly disputed custody matter. She was extremely knowledgeable and well-prepared for all court proceedings and negotiations. Since that time, I have contacted her with questions or sought her advice regarding possible strategies in other matters. Lynn has always been helpful and has provided excellent advice and insight."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a terrific lawyer and i send all my Chester County cases to her."

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Exton Divorce and separation Lawyer Linda Labiak MacElree
Linda Labiak MacElree
Divorce and separation Attorney
Exton, PA
Licensed for 40 years