1879 Chester County Bar Association photograph taken on the steps of the historic Chester County Courthouse
Chester County Lawyers
Chester County trial lawyers honor a long tradition of professional excellence and community service. Joe Green is proud to practice in this tradition, and to aspire to the rich traditions of the many dedicated professionals who have paved the way.
The Court in Chester County predates not only the Declaration of Independence from England in 1776, but also the establishment of Pennsylvania by William Penn in 1681, and the lawyers who practiced in Chester County may be traced to a very early date. There are records concerning the practitioners of law before the Provincial Court at Upland (now Chester), then under Dutch control, from the 1670’s. The names of the first two lawyers in Chester County following the formation of Pennsylvania, who were admitted in 1683, were John White and Abraham Mann. See https://www.chescobar.org/.
Perhaps the most illustrious native attorney of Chester County was Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, later Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, and afterwards Governor of Pennsylvania. The spirit of Chester County Lawyers was perhaps best exemplified by Owen J. Roberts, who lived for a great portion of his professional life on his beloved farm in Northern Chester County. Justice Roberts served as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1930 until 1945. He was a principled dissenter in Korematsu v. United States
, rejecting alien internment of citizens in wartime.
The earliest photograph of the members of the Bar in Chester County dates to the 1850’s and shows five attorneys, gathered around a local tavern table. Over the years the Chester County Bar Association has grown steadily. Chester County Lawyers are heir to a profoundly honorable tradition.