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Patrick Joseph Gallo Jr.

Litigation Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as PJ Gallo

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 10 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 10 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Patrick

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Practice areas

P.J., who has been recognized by his peers as a Top Lawyer in the area of business law and litigation, has successfully handled all aspects of litigation, including arguing successfully on appeal before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  In addition to business litigation, P.J. concentrates his practice on a broad range of litigation matters, with an emphasis on complex commercial, construction and insurance coverage litigation.  He also regularly counsels clients on business disputes.


Before joining MacElree Harvey, P.J. was a summer associate and law clerk for the Firm.  He also served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Mary Alice Brennan of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.  In addition, while pursuing his law degree at night, P.J. worked full time as a high school social studies teacher.


During law school, P.J. served on the Executive Board for the Widener Journal of Law, Economics and Race as the Articles Editor.  He also served on the Student Bar Association Executive Board and was a member of both the Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Honor Societies.  In addition, P.J. traveled to Northern Ireland and Ireland to study law at both Queen’s University in Belfast and Independent College in Dublin. He also participated in Widener Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.


While in law school, P.J. was the recipient of the E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Scholarship Award and Widener Law’s Merit Scholarship Award, which is given to the top law school students.  P.J. also garnered numerous accolades during his undergraduate studies where he played football for the West Chester University Golden Rams. Some of those accolades include the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties Award, the West Chester University Student-Athlete Award, the PSAC Scholar-Athlete Award, and the NCAA Athletic Director’s Academic Achievement Award.


Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Self-Insured Corporate Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation


Recent Representations:


Business and Corporate Litigation:


  • Represents business clients ranging from small, closely held businesses to multi-million dollar corporations in disputes involving other companies, officers or directors, employees or customers.
  • Successfully represented a leading national builder of high performance modular commercial structures in a breach of contract action asserted against a general contractor.
  • Briefed a successful motion to dismiss a claim for indemnity and advancement asserted against a limited liability company.
  • Obtained a favorable determination from the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records on behalf of a non-profit corporation involved in a public-private venture following the non-profit corporation’s denial of a Right-to-Know-Law request;
  • Successfully represented a non-profit corporation before the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue resulting in the approval of a sales tax exemption for the non-profit corporation after initially being denied the same;
  • Successfully represented a large regional limousine company before the Philadelphia Parking Authority in connection with significant fees assessed by the PPA. A favorable settlement was eventually achieved on behalf of the limousine company.
  • Successfully represented a regional landscaping company before the U.S. Department of Transportation involving fines assessed by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which were subsequently dropped.
  • Successfully defended an action asserted by an alleged purchaser of a pool of loans for breaches of three separate promissory notes totaling $93,. During a consolidated trial concerning two of the three promissory notes, the purported noteholder asserted that it acquired the alleged promissory notes from the original lender and produced documents purportedly demonstrating the requisite chain of title necessary to sue as an assignee of a promissory note. Following trial and numerous evidentiary arguments, the Court ruled in favor of P.J.’s client for no amount. This decision prompted the alleged noteholder to unilaterally dismiss the remaining action involving the third promissory note on the eve of trial in that case.



Insurance Coverage:


  • Served as co-counsel for a multi-million dollar company in an action asserted against a major international reinsurance company for the recovery of insurance as a third party beneficiary, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Obtained a substantial settlement on behalf of an individual initially denied insurance coverage under a Homeowner/Renters Policy.
  • Successfully represented an individual denied health insurance coverage for a course of treatment that was medically necessary, which resulted in the reversal of the health insurer’s denial of coverage.
  • Represents policyholders involved in complex coverage disputes across various industries and with regard to different policy types.
  • Counsels businesses and individuals on insurance coverage issues and disputes.



Construction & Architectural Liability:


  • Successfully represented a homeowner in claims against the contractor for defects in the renovation of the homeowner’s kitchen and for violations of the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and the Unfair Trade Practices, Consumer Protection Act.
  • Represents commercial property owners in claims against the contractor and/or architect with respect to issues concerning defects in the design and/or construction of the commercial properties or renovations thereof.
  • Represents residential property owners in claims against the contractor and/or architect with respect to issues concerning defects in the design and/or construction of residential homes or renovations thereof.



Products Liability:

  • Represents businesses with regard to breach of warranty claims for defects in the design or manufacturing of commercial products purchased by the business.
  • Represents businesses with regard to claims involving the Uniform Commercial Code.


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MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
17 W Miner St
Macelree Harvey Ltd
West Chester, PA, 19382-3213

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Posted by Patsy | September 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Patrick handled my litigation case. Wow, I cannot begin to tell you the work involved, he explained the process to me that I could understand, and was available to answer my questions whenever I needed it. I am very pleased with his knowledge and professionalism which resulted favorably for my case.
Posted by Craig | August 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgable, and effective - Thank you!
It is a pleasure to write a review on the services MacElree and Harvey provided, specifically Mr. Michael Louis and Mr. Patrick Gallo. While my situation would likely be considered a minor case, for me it was very concerning. After contacting Mr. Louis he immediately assisted with a time sensitive court document and addressed my concerns regarding financial liability. After the initial concern was addressed, Mr. Patrick Gallo worked diligently on negotiating a reasonable settlement and provided me with several options. Both Mr. Gallo and Mr. Louis were always available, provided detailed explanations, were extremely professional, and treated my case with the utmost importance. In addition, their rates were very fair as they went “above and beyond” to assist. Thank you both for all your help.
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Posted by Brian | February 15, 2015
Professional, and Efficient
Mr. Gallo helped me with legal questions regarding a home title transfer. He was helpful and explained my options clearly. This in turn helped me make the best decision for my family and I. Once I made a decision, Mr. Gallo made the rest of the transfer process simple. He also kept me informed in every step of the process. I would consult Mr. Gallo in any other future legal matters without question.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2015
Intelligent, Proficent with the task at hand.
Patrick handled our case in a very timely matter. He knew exactly what to say and how to handle every aspect. Our case had to do with our lively hood. Without his knowledge and expertise I don't know where we would be right know. We are so glad we choose Patrick to represent us in our legal matter.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
"Professional, Prompt, and Responsive"
Patrick handled my matter with professionalism and in a very prompt manner. He was able to answer all my questions and was responsive to my needs. While he was very professional I felt that he was personally invested in my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2014
Gallo Gets the Job Done
Patrick handed a legal matter that involved education. From the start, it was apparent that Patrick was not only intelligent and motivated, but someone who is understanding of today's challenges for the younger demographic. Patrick was timely and prompt in his inquiries and responses, and applied an honest, hard-working approach to his craft. Patrick's meticulous preparation and proactive approach to case study make him someone you would covet for representation; furthermore, he made himself readily available for questions and seemed to have a genuine interest in my concerns regarding the case. I am unsure as to the broad scope of Patrick's legal study, but I would highly recommend Patrick Gallo to anyone dealing with issues in regards to education.
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Posted by Darlene | August 28, 2014
Professional, gets the job done before deadline
Issue with a 3+ month delay in Cobra notification / health insurance cancellation prevented us from obtaining any other insurance. Patrick sent numerous letters, even enclosed case law. He convinced the insurance company to cover all our medical debt from the past 4 months and issued a new Cobra notification letter which will enable our family to enroll in health benefits effective through my workplace next week! Patrick kept me completely informed every step of the way and discussed the best options for us. I highly recommend Patrick.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. Mary Alice Brennan
  • 2009 - 2010


  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2013
  • West Chester University
  • B.A.
  • 2009


  • Chester County Community Foundation
  • Imprints
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association, Stively Inn of Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Civil Litigation Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • YLD Chair-Elect
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the YLD
  • 2015 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2014
  • Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Widener Law
  • 2010
  • E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Award
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Student - Athlete Award
  • West Chester University
  • 2008
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  • MacElree Harvey Newsletter
  • Subsequent Purchaser-User of a Newly Constructed Home Beware
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Patrick
Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"PJ is a fantastic attorney and is a professional in every way. He is kind, courteous and takes the time to get to know you - and will treat you with respect in every situation. Any client or attorney would be lucky to work with PJ."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a diligent lawyer with excellent attention to detail."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"PJ is a great advocate for his clients. His work ethic is unparalled and I have recommended him to family and friends."
Business Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. PJ is smart and personable, and works hard to obtain results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is very knowledgeable, thorough and a real bulldog. He is someone you want on your side and will do everything in his power to advance your case within the law."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"PJ is a diligent and savvy advocate who does great work for clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick "P.J." Gallo is a bright, assertive and collegial member of the Bar. I believe P.J. to be a well-prepared and thorough attorney, that is both liked and respected by his peers. I would recommend him without reservation."
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West Chester Litigation Lawyer Patrick Joseph Gallo Jr.
Patrick Joseph Gallo Jr.
Litigation Attorney
West Chester, PA
Licensed for 10 years