Thomas H. Ramsay is a former Deputy District Attorney in Chester County with substantial jury and non-jury trial experience. Mr. Ramsay has been privileged to successfully represent innumerable clients in many high profile cases including but not limited to first degree murder trials, difficult wrongful death and personal injury actions, complex commercial transactions and multimillion dollar divorce cases. Mr. Ramsay has successfully represented these varied client interests in every level of the Pennsylvania Court System as well as the Federal Trial and Appellate Courts.
Mr. Ramsay graduated from the Lansdowne-Aldan High School in Delaware County, PA in 1970 and entered West Chester University that same year. While there, Mr. Ramsay earned academic honors, was a Dean’s list student and was awarded his Bachelor of Arts for studies in Psychology and Business Law in 1975. During his final year, Mr. Ramsay’s Advanced Economics and Business Law professor, Dr. Andrew W. Green, Esquire, recommended his admission to the Delaware Law School of Widener College. Mr. Ramsay entered Law School in 1975 and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1979. During his first year of law school, Mr. Ramsay was elected class representative for the Delaware Law School of Widener College’s 1979 graduating class. Mr. Ramsay served as class representative for the graduating class of 1979 throughout his law school career and received a certificate of appreciation for meritorious service in that capacity on May 19, 1979.
In September, 1977, while attending law school at night, Mr. Ramsay became employed as a preliminary hearing advocate with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office under District Attorney William H. Lamb, Esquire. Mr. Ramsay passed the bar examination in 1980 and joined the Chester County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and immediately began conducting jury trials in misdemeanor and felony criminal prosecutions. As a result of his trial skills, Mr. Ramsay was promoted to Deputy District Attorney in 1983.
Mr. Ramsay left the District Attorney’s office in 1985 and joined a county law firm situated in Paoli. His practice centered on substantive criminal defense, serious personal injury and family law matters. Mr. Ramsay was also actively involved in County and State Republication Party politics as a committeeman for Westtown Township and as Chairman of the Chester County Republican Party 1984 reelection campaign. In 1985, former President Judge Leonard Sugarman appointed Mr. Ramsay as Conflict Counsel for the County of Chester representing individuals charged with serious felony offenses. While serving as Conflict Counsel, Mr. Ramsay defended a death penalty homicide case in a three week jury trial before the Honorable Lawrence E. Wood. On January 1, 1990, Mr. Ramsay left his Paoli law firm to form Long & Ramsay, P.C. with his friend and colleague from the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Stephen M. Long, Esquire.
In 1997, Mr. Ramsay enjoyed the distinct honor of being appointed as a Barrister in the Chester County Honorable John F. Stively, Jr. American Inn of Court. Membership is reserved for a select group of attorneys chosen by their colleagues for their outstanding trial and litigation skills. Mr. Ramsay is a member in good standing of the Chester County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Messrs. Ramsay and Long practiced together at Long and Ramsay P.C. in Lionville, PA for approximately 22 years before Mr. Ramsay left that firm to form Ramsay & Ramsay P.C. with his daughter, Marissa. Marissa graduated at the top of her class at the Delaware Law School of Widener University while serving as the Law Review Business Editor during her second and third year there. Mr. Ramsay is very proud of his daughter’s stellar academic achievements in law school and enjoys practicing law with her.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2014|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2011|
|Top Lawyer||Main Line Today Magazine||2009|
|Dean's List||West Chester University||N/A|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Service||Widener University School of Law||N/A|
|President||Ramsay & Ramsay, P.C.||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Long & Ramsay, P.C.||1990 - 2012|
|Partner||Goldberg & Ramsay||1985 - 1990|
|Deputy District Attorney||Chester County District Attorney's Office||1983 - 1985|
|Assistant District Attorney||Chester County District Attorney's Office||1980 - 1983|
|Preliminary Hearing Advocate||Chester County District Attorney's Office||1977 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||N/A||N/A|
|Chester County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Chester County Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|Chester County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section||N/A||N/A|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Sentencing Class: Widener Law||Sentencing Guidelines||2009|