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Michael’s practice supports the needs of businesses and homeowners in a changing economic environment. He has extensive experience in mortgage foreclosures, collections and loan workouts, general counsel work and real estate litigation.


Practice Areas:

  • Banking & Finance Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Real Estate


Recent Representations:

  • Provided local counsel for a bank in litigation with a borrower in which the bank sued the borrower for $60 million and the borrower filed a separate action against the bank, alleging damages in excess of $60 million.

  • Represented landlord whose tenant defaulted on a commercial lease. Recovered possession of the leased property for landlord and all of the unpaid back rent plus the landlord’s attorneys’ fees.

  • Defended client sued as a guarantor of a business loan by filing a petition to strike and/or open the judgment.

  • Debt workout/restructuring for client in restaurant business that defaulted on obligations to lender due to the slumping economy. Assisted the client in re-working certain loans and obligations and delaying others without losing business.

  • Obtained retroactive relief from automatic stay on client’s behalf after defaulting borrower filed bankruptcy on eve of execution on debtor’s real estate.

  • Represented client in investigation and litigation involving embezzlement and fraud by company employees. Successfully pursued former employees and obtained partial recovery of stolen funds.

  • Represented client sued by bankruptcy trustee for payments made to it on the eve of debtor’s bankruptcy. Resolved the matter with no payment to the bankruptcy trustee.




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Practice areas


  1. Banking: 25%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Debt Collection: 25%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 25%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Anthony Burke

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    Robert Burke Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Hudson L. Voltz

    AVVO Atty. Endorsement – I have known Michael Louis for many years. He has received client referrals from me over those years, and has always performed with the utmost professionalism and ethical standards. Mr. Louis has been timely in his responses to correspondence; zealous in their advocacy of his clients; and is well respected within the legal community.


    Hudson Voltz Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. West Chester

17 West Miner Street
Post Office Box 660
West Chester, PA, 19382-3213


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2015
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2014
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Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2012
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2011
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2010
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2009
Melvin Jones FellowWest Chester Lions Club2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.1980 - Present
Law ClerkShearer, Mette and Woodside1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Chester Lions Club2nd Vice President2016 - Present
Greater West Chester Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2016 - Present
Western Chester County Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
Interfaith Housing Assistance CorporationMember1993 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of DelawareEnglishN/A1977
University of DelawarePolitical ScienceN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Realtor Lawyer SeminarShort Sales, Beyond the Sale and Release of Debt2015