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John Versace Rafferty

Personal injury Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   32 reviews

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    50%
    Has someone failed to do what they contracted to do? Has someone claimed a contract governs where one doesn't exist? Every day I litigate cases where contracts, or a lack of a contract, define the relationship between the parties.

    7 years, 30 cases

  2. Personal injury
    50%
    If you've been traumatized by another during a time in your life when you were vulnerable or in a vulnerable position, I can help hold your attacker accountable, often-times with no up-front costs to you.

    7 years, 20 cases

I provide my clients cost-effective and aggressive litigation strategies. I am available and reachable and open to questions, because I understand how complex and frustrating the legal system can be at times.

I will go out of my way to answer your question, or find someone who can. 

Photos and videos

Walking with my pup in the fields of Chester County is one of the things I most love doing when I'm not preparing for the courtroom.
Licensed for 9 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
17 E Gay Street, Suite 100
West Chester, PA, 19380-3144

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
John took our case as a referral. We had no idea how to look for an attorney that could help us with our case. John walked us through our options and the possible outcomes of the case. John worked diligently to get up to speed on the case since we had a tight deadline to meet. John did a great job getting the outcome we were looking for. We would recommend John to friends and family as well as reach out if we ever needed assistance in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Educational issue
Not only was John knowledgeable and professional but he was also kind and compassionate! Also, to my delight, almost 30% of the retainer fee was not needed and was returned. I would definitely recommend, and hire John again!
Posted by Alex | September 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
John is a great attorney! He was able to help resolve my case in no time! I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Susan M. Cirilli, Esq. | September 28, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional Advocate
John and I were opposing counsel for a contentious litigation. He was a strong advocate for his client, but was always courteous towards me. We definitely went at it in the litigation arena, but he was always the first to say, "have a nice weekend," or "don't work too hard." He is a true professional and I welcome the challenge to go against him again!
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Posted by Ola | January 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Johns! Is very professional at his job! He does his work with heart, he makes sure not to fail his clients & does all that’s within his power. He truly fights with his clients as if he knew them, I appreciate every he did for me & for doing more than he has to. If I had to suggest a lawyer to anybody, John is the best! I would hire him in an instant again. It was a pleasure working with you.
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Posted by Patrick Jones | September 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Rafferty
My Wife and I would like to thank John for his professionalism this past month. John listened closely to our situation and represented our family with great detail. This was not an easy situation and we needed a person to be firm, but open to all sides. We would recommend John to anyone who needed a detail oriented person.
Posted by Kevin | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer
John V. Rafferty handled a case for me that lasted for almost two years. In that time he demonstrated a very strong work ethic combined with compassion and understanding. If at any time I had a question or concern he would immediately get back to me. I have dealt with other lawyers in the past, but they never seemed as genuinely concerned as John is. Unlike other lawyers I felt he never stopped fighting for me and was excellent with communicating any progress in the case. Anyone would be lucky to have John represent them; I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Ammar | July 29, 2019
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Extremely wise and knowledgeable .
I was facing a very tough situation about legal matters and mr Rafferty got my case dismissed .
Posted by Richard | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Successful Support
We engaged John to assist us in addressing some legal issues for a family member. He was very efficient and effective in his interactions with the court and achieved the goals that we had identified. John was also very good in his communications and kept us updated throughout the process - thanks!
Posted by Ryan | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Auto accident. I was injured by an under insured motorists.
It was a pleasure to work with John Rafferty on my auto accident issues. John always was willing to explain anything I didn’t understand or needed clarification with. He worked on my case over a year and a half with two different insurance companies. John ensured communication between us was always a priority and I fully understood the next steps. He was diligently working to ensure he had as much information as possible and continued to check on my wellbeing after being injured in the accident. I certainly would hire him again and would suggest anyone needing an attorney to call John first.
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Posted by Rob | May 15, 2019
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A truly special person
My wife and I hired John to represent our son during our SSA case. Throughout the process, John was honest, transparent, and took the time to get to know us and our son. The time he spent with us exceeded our expectations. While the result did not return in our favor, we left inspired that there are people like John and his firm who support individuals like our son and families like ours.
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Posted by David | December 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you John
Mr. Rafferty made the process simple and time effective. He has previously helped my family and his assistance is always much appreciated.
Posted by Walter | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic Citation - Excellent Work
John represented me on a traffic citation. He responded quickly to emails and was very informative about process. Each step was explained in layperson terms and he double checked to make sure I understood. John laid out a perfect resolution, a probable outcome and a worst case scenario to prepare me. Going into the trail we had a game plan and I felt he full understood my point of view. At the hearing he handled the discussion with the trooper and the judge achieving the probable, and desired, outcome he articulated. John was easy to speak with, I felt comfortable he fully understood my needs and always felt he was looking out for my best interest both legally and financially with his services.
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Posted by Jill | November 23, 2018
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Highly Recommend John Rafferty!!
My husband and I had an awesome experience with John Rafferty as our lawyer. His communication skills were amazing and he got back to any questions we had extremely quickly with detailed answers. His attention to detail and the hard work he put into doing research was extremely impressive! We knew when we asked him questions that we were going to get his honest answer and that he would support us to get the best outcome for us! He is someone we honestly trusted and have recommended to people already and will continue to! He definitely puts an extreme amount of effort into his work and it truly does show in all he does!
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Posted by Leo | November 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Professional Legal Counsel
I hired John Rafferty to represent my son in a very difficult legal matter. John guided us through the process without a issue arising. His constant communication and advice was very much comforting to a young man facing a difficult time. He displayed a quiet confidence and professionalism not commonly seen in today's professional environment. If your in need of legal representation I strongly recommend John Rafferty to be your representation he will get the job done for you.
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Posted by Chris | October 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Experience
I hired John to help me with a felony and 2 related misdemeanors for which I’d been charged. I happened to find him at a firm with whom my mom had used 25 years prior. From the first time we spoke, I knew he was a guy who actually cared and wasn’t just looking for another client, which was a total 180 from the attorney with whom I’d been working prior to hiring John. He ended up getting me a better result than I’d hoped for, which ended up being the best result possible. I never once had an issue reaching him, he responded to my emails lightening quick, and kept me updated on all developments. When it was all said and done, I kept him on to have some charges from my youth expunged, and he handled what was a very complicated ordeal, perfectly, and again got me the best possible result I could’ve asked for. It was honestly a pleasure to deal with him, considering the dire situation I was in, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any of my friends or family.
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Posted by Debbie | August 22, 2018
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Traffic Accident Case
John did a great job representing me in a case regarding a traffic accident. He took my evidence and spoke with the officer who was at the scene and discussed what he felt would be the best way and fairest way to rectify this matter. In the end all charges, points and fines were dropped due to John's preparation before our hearing. I was extremely pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by David | August 3, 2018
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Professional and find yourself out of work?
January 2018 after working for 52 years I found myself out of work for the first time in my life. The past 41 years I have worked as a pharmacist and 2 weeks into the new year I was discharged by my employer after 11 years service. I felt as though I had been unjustly dismissed and needed professional advice on how to proceed. I contacted John Rafferty and he explained my options. Together we came up with a plan to move forward to resolution with my former employer. The outcome was positive and I am thankful to John and his firm for the help they provided to me in this trying situation. Thank you for your help.
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Posted by Anthony | July 19, 2018
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Civil Case
I contacted John to discuss a civil case. After a couple of email exchanges and 2 phone conversations, I hired John to be my attorney. My experience with John was absolutely incredible. His communication was impeccable. Every single correspondence answered my questions or he asked specific questions to aid the case. Any time I had a question, he responded usually within 2 hours. I never experienced a delay of more than 12 hours and that was due to time zone differences and my late night messages. The thing that impressed me most about John was his ability to lay out all my options and then let me pick what I wanted to do without influencing my decision. My case could have taken years and years to get resolved. With his effective communication and experience, it was resolved completely within 6 months. This was after nearly two years of working with people before John took my case. The fact it is resolved is something quite frankly I wasn't sure would happen so that is something that went much better than expected. Every message was straight to the point which I appreciate as a business owner. The only thing that could have potentially been handled differently was suing for lost earnings. After discussion with John and my advisors, it was in my best interest to just recoup what I could and not fight for more money I was unlikely to see. I HIGHLY recommend hiring John Rafferty.
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Posted by Dylan | July 11, 2018
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Drug case
I hired him to do damage control and keep me out of jail, and they dropped all my charges execpt the summary offense.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-395 per hour
  • Contingency 28%-34%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Professor of Criminal Justice Policy
  • Cabrini University
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Chester County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Independence Fellow
  • Friends of Farmworkers (NGO)
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Fulbright Fellow to Ecuador
  • United States Department Of State
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth T Hey
  • United States District Court, EDPA
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Department Of Homeland Security Ice
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Team in Quito, Ecuador
  • United Nations
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Lieutenant, (Legal Officer & Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer)
  • United States Navy
  • 2005 - 2009
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Boston College
  • B.A. in Philosophy
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Insurer Denied Claim
  • Two months after receiving my letter, the insurance company reversed their decision and covered her surgery.
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Client was offered a promotion by the federal agency.
  • Tax Assessment
  • Client recovered all of the back taxes he was owed under the law.
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Associations

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2018
  • Pro-Bono Award
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • United States Department of State
  • 2012
  • Public Interest Scholarship (Full tuition)
  • Villanova Law School
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Encyclopedia for Transnational Crime & Justice (SAGE)
  • “NGO” Encyclopedia entry (2011)
  • 2011
  • Human Trafficking at the Crossroads (Bahrain)
  • The Manama Declaration on Human Trafficking at the Crossroads. (co-author)
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Lockhaven University Law Enforcement Forensic Investigation Training
  • How to Create More Effective Crime Scene Photography
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Endorse John
Litigation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a passionate and determined attorney who refused to rest until he knows he’s explored every possible option for his clients. His outside of the box, innovative thinking affords his clients the best results."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a passionate, intelligent, and creative litigator. John and I were prosecutors together for many years. I witnessed, firsthand, the fire that John not only brings to the courtroom, but also the compassion he has for those he is fighting for. If you have litigation needs, I give John my highest recommendation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John and I collaborated on a legal matter. From the start I was impressed by the time and attention John devoted to analyzing the facts of the case and researching the relevant law. After the lawsuit was filed John zealously represented his clients and would not settle the case until they were fairly and justly compensated for their loss I recommend John Rafferty without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know John to be an honest, respected member of the bar, and zealous advocate for his clients."
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