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John P. Winicov

Personal injury Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1986
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About John

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Practice area
  1. Personal injury
    I have handled hundreds of personal injury cases from Wrongful Death, Slip and Falls, Products Liability and Auto Accidents. I have obtained excellent results for my clients through settlements and trials.

    35 years

The Law Offices of John P. Winicov provides high quality representation for clients who need an aggressive attorney on their side.  The firm provides legal representation in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury matters. Attorney John Winicov litigates in the courts of Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.  The office is conveniently located at the border of Delaware and Chester Counties on West Chester Pike in West Chester.


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Law Office of John P. Winicov
21 S. Church St.
West Chester, PA, 19382

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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dog biting case
Mr. Winicov is the most honest Attorney I've heard in my life. This attorney will fight for you until the end and try to get you the best possible outcome in your case. As I explained my dog biting case, he was very specific with his questions and seemed to care about every detail that happened in my case. After hearing all I had to say about the case and my injuries, he Immediately knew exactly what to do and how to pursue the case from the start. This gentleman knew the laws from top to bottom and was very honest the entire process. We eventually ended with the best result a case like this can offer. I will hire this attorney over and over again for any legal proceedings.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2020
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Excellent representation!
Mr. Winicov handled my case with diligence and accuracy. He searched every avenue to ensure I was getting the best results in my case and further extended that effort by helping me fully understand the process and ongoings of the legal system so I didn't feel left in the dark with what was happening. I couldn't be happier with his ethic and my outcome!
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2020
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I live in an over 55 community and I slipped and fell outside my apartment. John got me a very large settlement. He fought for me every step of the way. He rejected the low offer from the insurance company and successfully litigated the matter, including 10 depositions, to a successful conclusion. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Rob | September 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I can’t say enough good things about my experience with John Winicov. He represented me well and made sure I got everything I deserved. I would definitely use him again.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Will work for you
John Winicov did a wonderful job ensuring justice was served in my case, despite a relatively difficult process for a seemingly simple situation. John never tried to take the easy way out and didnt give up until we got a settlement. His communication and strategizing throughout the whole case never left me in the dark or feeling like this was out of my control. I highly recommend him if you want a lawyer who finishes what you start.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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Hit and run during work
I cannot be anymore pleased with John his experiences made it easy for me got all my benefits that belong to me got me back to workman comp and bills paid for after been denied for.
Posted by Jordan | July 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Defense
John is an excellent attorney. He was open and direct during our consultation as well as friendly and professional. He left no detail unchecked while reviewing my case so that he could provide me with the ideal strategy to handle the situation, while still presenting and assessing all of the options. His calm professionalism helped assuage my concerns and find the right path to take. John was always available for contact and always punctual. His attention to detail and clear, concise communication throughout the process made everything much less stressful and led to the best possible outcome for my case. I highly recommend John Winicov; he is a top-notch attorney!
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Posted by Melanie | May 7, 2018
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He is amazing
We hired him for a hearing, he does not sugar coat things, he keeps it real. He will give 110% and he won for us. I would hire him again in a heartbeat. Thank you John.
Posted by Thomas | March 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
Mr. Winicov is a wonderful and very informative attorney. A person can tell his experience reflects how he consults with a person. After being on the phone with him for over thirty minutes, he informed me on various aspects of my case. I would highly recommend a person to contact him for a consultation or to hire as an attorney. He was able to navigate me to file my expungement. I appreciate Mr. Winicov being so kind and doing this for me because I was able to save some money. I will be contacting him for any attorney needs in the future.
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Posted by Helen | January 13, 2018
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Fantastic attorney. He listens and gets results other lawyers cannot
I was injured in an auto accident and it really interfered with my life. I am picky so I called a few attorney. Some never even called me back ! Then I saw John Winicov. He listens ! He returns every call promptly ! He REALLY cares about his clients AND he settled my case for a fair amount. But he said he would go to trial if we did not get the amount that he thought was fair compensation for my injuries.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2017
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Fantastic Attorney
I hired John to help with my DUI case. John was incredibly helpful during what was a very stressful and uncertain situation for me. He thoroughly explained the entire process, was very forward with his fees, showed up to court on time, and did an excellent job representing me. After completing all necessary steps, he also helped me with the expungement of my record without a hitch. John communicated with me every step of the way to make sure I was fully aware of what was going on during this lengthy process and I couldn't be more grateful for his help. I wouldn't think twice about hiring him again should the need ever arise!
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Posted by Jerry | April 14, 2017
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John Winicov (Attorney)
John was a fantastic lawyer, he helped me win my criminal defense case. I was very impressed and pleased with the job he did. The Criminal offense was for a DUI, with possible jail time. John not only led to a great outcome for me, but also supported me through personal advice. Thank you John very much, highly recommend this attorney!
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Posted by I.L | December 2, 2015
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Former client
A friend had recommended John Winicov to me . When a family matter came up and need a lawyer I went to John . I was always given updates on the status of my case and John always returned my phone calls immediately.. John was always honest and upfront . At one point I wanted an emergency court date in front of a family court judge , John could have easily charged me thousands of dollars but instead John advised me to go another route , spending less money and with a positive outcome . I would hire John again for any legal issue .I have sent several friends to John who were equally impressed with John's work
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Posted by Janet | October 13, 2014
An Attorneys Who Cares.
Mr.Winicov was the only attorney to answer my question on Avvo. He did so promptly and when I emailed him for a free consultation he also got right back to me. He exlpained everything in length, gave me advice and was not quick to be off the phone as other attorneys have been that I have spoken too in the past. If I do need a lawyer I wiil definitely call him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2013
Excellent lawyer
John did a great job with my particiular case. I would retain him again in a second. He is very thorough and extremely well prepared. He went the extra mile for me and I always felt he had my best interest in mind when dispensing legal advice. He handled a drug possession case for me and was able to negotiate the best deal for me. The plea bargain allowed me to keep my drivers license and plea to a lesser charge. He kept me informed several times a week for the better part of 6 months. I never felt as though I was in my situation alone. He was a great attorney at an affordable price.
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Posted by Nick | February 12, 2013
Highly Recommend
Mr. Winicov helped me with a juvenile matter several years ago. I am now an attorney myself and am thankful for the help I got from Mr. Winicov then and during the application process. Mr. Winicov was 100% on my side and explained the process to me very carefully.
Posted by Angela | April 12, 2011
Most compassionate and helpful lawyer in PA
John Winicov was a compassionate, guiding source for a situation that rapidly devolved for us. As a psychologist, I was not prepared to help a client who suddenly was detained for an outstanding warrant. The situation occurred on a weekend, and John was the only lawyer who returned my call during the weekend and provided outstanding consultation and advise on the legal and penal system. He also provided a lot of advise openly-- and it was clear that he does this work out of compassion for helpng people in need. He also has an incredible knowledge of the system and vast experience in criminal law. I would recommend John fully, enthusiatically, and without hesitation on any legal issue of specialty. John, we are forever grateful to you. Thank you.
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Posted by Barry | February 3, 2011
Great Help
John: Helped me out with a 401K/employer matter. He was presistent and able to resolve the problem quickly. I routinely use his legal services and highly recommend him.
Posted by Jennifer | January 20, 2011
Personal Injury Advocate in both Motor Vehicle Accidents and Workers Compensation Issues
John Winicov expertly navigated my personal injury case which involved a motor vehicle accident while I was working for my employer. He was the liason between both the insurance companies, the workers compensation insurance carrier, the medical centers, the physical therapy center, and the other physician offices where I obtained treatment related to the car accident. He proactively kept me informed every step of the way, explained any legal issues in detail and promptly returned every phone message. I received the best medical treatment because John was not willing to settle for second best. He also ensured that I received a fair personal injury settlement. John is well organized and highly knowledgeable about all the issues surrounding personal injury. I highly recommend John Winicov as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2013
Compassionate Professional
During a recent inquiry regarding a past case Mr. Winicov was ready and willing to assist me. He was able to retrieve the data I sought immediately, which was quite impressive as the case was some 20 years ago. He was thoughtful and compassionate, thorough with his knowledge and offered his professional opinion as well as advice on next steps. I called for a simple fact finding query and instead, I received a free professional consultation!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of John P. Winicov
  • 1993 - Present
  • Adjunct Criminal Law Professor
  • Widener University School Of Law
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Meranze & Katz
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Chester County Public Defenders Office
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • Chester County District Attorney's Office
  • 1984 - 1985
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  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • 1987
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Wake Forest University
  • B.A. (cum laude)
  • 1982


  • Pennsylvania Seasonal Farm Labor Committee
  • Chairman, Legislative Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Mushroom Institute - Community Awareness Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 1992 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in PA
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" DUI Attorneys in PA Nomination
  • American Institute of DUI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in PA
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Best Answer
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Louis M. Brown Award - Nominee
  • American Bar Association
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family & Community Partnership Meeting
  • Gaps in the Legal System
  • 2016
  • Expungement Workshop
  • Expungement of Criminal Record
  • 2014
  • Attorney Training for Unaccompanied Minors
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • 2014
  • Advanced Immigration Law
  • The Use of Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) for Clients Facing Deportation
  • 2012
  • DACA Workshop
  • Deferred Action for Youth
  • 2011
  • American Prepaid Legal Services Institute
  • Effectively Representing the Foreign Born Client
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Car accident Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a colleague and friend of John's and have referred numerous car accident and personal injury cases to him. He has consistently gotten outstanding results for the client."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a smart and thoughtful attorney who finds creative solutions to complex problems. He is easy to talk to and a good listener."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend John Winicov to anyone looking for a family or criminal law attorney. As an immigration lawyer, I have turned to John when my clients need help in criminal court and family court. John has achieved excellent results for my client. He is experienced, professional, courteous, and creative in finding legal solutions. I feel extremely confident in recommending his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Winicov is passionate, knowledgeable and very well-respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for many years. He is respected for his skill and passionate advocacy on behalf of his clients. I highly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent personal injury attorney, providing first-class results for his clients. I have 800 employees at my organization, and whenever any of them or their family members is injured, I refer them to John. Recently, he represented the out-of-the-country family of a deceased employee killed by a drunk driver. Overcoming significant barriers, such as language, distance, lack of phones and a slow/unreliable mail system in a third-world country, John worked diligently with the family to obtain for them a significant settlement. John also represented me when I suffered injuries after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. When I didn’t know what to do or where to begin, I called John and he immediately took charge of the situation, allowing me to concentrate on healing while he protected my legal rights. If you are looking for a lawyer who knows what he is doing, and does it skillfully and with compassion towards his clients, call John."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Worked with him many times over the years. Throughly professional, great advocacy skills and passionate in defense of his clients. Unquestioned integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an immigration attorney, and I worked with John on several immigration-related criminal issues in Chester County. John is highly experienced, he knows the local courts, and he fights hard for his clients. For example, one of my clients, let's call him Alex, was nearly deported because of an old criminal conviction in Chester County. I discussed the case with John, and we agreed that a change in Alex's conviction would mean the difference between staying in the USA with his family, or being banished to a country he left when he was a child. John scrutinized the court documents, probation records, transcripts, even Alex's medical records. He found a crucial piece of testimony -- two sentences in a plea colloquy -- that proved Alex didn't have the mental faculty to understand what was happening. The Judge and the DA's office agreed with John, and the charge was thrown out. Today, Alex is home with his family because of John Winicov's outstanding work. I highly recommend John."
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West Chester Personal injury Lawyer John P. Winicov
John P. Winicov
Personal injury Attorney
West Chester, PA
Licensed for 37 years
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