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Patrick McKenna





Patrick concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, land use, land development, zoning, real estate, and residential/commercial tax assessment appeals. He represents numerous municipalities and zoning hearing boards in Chester County, as well as private land owners and developers in subdivision, land development and zoning matters. Patrick also has extensive experience prosecuting and defending land use violations (enforcement cases) and matters under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. 

Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Saint Joseph’s University, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law, where he was a Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellow, serving as a law clerk to Delaware Supreme Court Justice Joseph T. Walsh. Patrick is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Chester County.

Patrick practices with Gawthrop Greenwood in the areas of Land Use and Land Development, Municipal Government, Zoning, Real Estate, and Tax Assessment Appeals.

Prior to joining Gawthrop, Patrick served as the law clerk to the Hon. Anthony A. Sarcione, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, and as an associate attorney in a regional insurance defense firm. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc., a shelter for single homeless men and women in Chester County. In addition, Patrick is the President of the Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. American Inn of Court, an Assistant Editor to the Chester County Legal Reporter, and was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester. In 2012, Patrick was selected a fourth time as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine.

Patrick has been a member of the Chester County Bar Association since 2002. He was Chair of the Young Lawyers Division in 2005, a Board Member for 4 years, and is currently Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee in 2014. Patrick is also a member of the Chester County Bar Foundation, and was a Board Member in 2007. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 2004, where he was a Y.L.D. Zone 9 Delegate to the P.B.A. House of Delegates from 2004 – 2006, and has been a Zone 9 Delegate At-Large to the P.B.A. House of Delegates since 2011. Patrick is a Member of the Solicitor Section of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. He has also served as an Associate Arbitrator on the Chester County Board of Arbitrators since 2002.

Patrick has shared his knowledge at several seminars over the years. In 2010 he was a co-presenter of the “Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law: Statutory Impact and Pratcitioner’s Tips” seminar. He also co-presented in the “Aced It! When is a Hole-in-One not a Hole-in-One: An Outline of Hole-in-One Jurisprudence” seminar in 2009.

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E-mail: pmckenna@gawthrop.com

Tel: (610) 696-8225

Fax: (610) 344-0922

Assistant: Allison Samson

Email: asamson@gawthrop.com

Practice Areas:

Municipal Government Zoning

Real Estate and Land Use

Tax Assessment Appeals

Honors & Awards:

Chester County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Public Service Award – Recipient 2007

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Chester County Division, Certificate of Appreciation – Recipient, 2005

Selected as “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012


Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., cum laude, 2001

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A., History, 1997

Court Admissions:

New Jersey, 2001

Pennsylvania, 2001

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2003

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2003