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John Rafferty

John Rafferty

Accomplished Contract Litigator! Skilled Advocacy to Solve Your Legal Dilemma!
  • Business Law, Insurance Claims
  • Pennsylvania
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Reviewed by John Winicov October 20, 2020
Rating: 9 Justia Lawyer Rating - 9 out of 10
John is a very experienced and intelligent attorney. When litigation is required, he will always be prepared to go to court. He will know his case inside and out and he will also know his adversaries' case well too. These skills are essential for clients who expect their legal disputes to be resolved in their favor.
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Reviewed by John P. November 5, 2020
Outstanding service.
John Rafferty went above and beyond in every aspect of his service. He was on top of the case and proactive in resolving issues that could come up. Extremely professional and fast to respond and follow up with any concerns. We were very relieved to be working with such an intelligent and empathetic attorney on our case. I can not recommend him highly enough!
Reviewed by D. B. October 24, 2020
John Rafferty put together a very well thought out argument for my Unemployment appeal hearing
The PA Bar Association put me in contact with John Rafferty. I had never worked with a Lawyer before and didn't know how to even begin the process. Plus, because of covid, everything from meeting with a lawyer to the hearing had be accomplished solely by phone and emails. John Rafferty was very polite and professional as he took all my information and explained the process of preparing for my employer's unemployment appeal. He kept in touch with me while he was working on my case and was quick to respond to my phone calls and emails. And the day before the hearing he walked me through what his plan was for the hearing and what laws he was addressing by his line of questioning. John Rafferty took control of the hearing with a very well thought out argument with the statements and questions to my employer. I was very impressed at how hard he worked for me at my hearing. I had a very positive experience as a client of John Rafferty.
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I am a litigator and focus my practice on civil and business litigation matters. If there's a dispute brewing that may involve an agreement (even a handshake or verbal promise) or a contract, I'd love to help you identify a resolution, or if necessary, bring the case to trial before a judge or jury.

My extensive trial experience includes work at the Chester County District Attorney’s office where, as an Assistant District Attorney, I managed multiple cases from investigation through trial, prosecuting serious criminal matters, including homicides and assaults.

My career began in the U.S. Navy, where I served as a naval officer in southeast Asia, southern California and the Middle East. I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious shipboard accomplishments, as well as the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for exemplary public service efforts.

I was awarded a full scholarship to Villanova Law School as a Public Interest Scholar, and received the Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award for exhibiting a significant and sustained commitment to public service through my work as a law student.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law

    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes

  • Insurance Claims

    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance

Additional Practice Area
  • Contracts
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • Zoom
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  • Google Duo
  • GoToMeeting
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • WhatsApp
  • Free Consultation
    If you mention Justia, I will provide you a 30 minute consultation at no charge, before my hourly-rate is billed after that.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept payment via every major credit card.
  • Contingent Fees
    If you have been assaulted, abused or injured, I may be able to take your case on a contingent fee arrangement; meaning my firm is only paid if we win your case.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Assistant District Attorney (Child Abuse Unit)
Chester County District Attorney's Office
Independence Fellow
Justice at Work
Fulbright Research Fellow
Fulbright Fellowship through the U.S. State Department
During a year in Quito, I researched the ways in which the Ecuadorian government was implementing its laws intended to prevent and punish human trafficking; and learned about what innovations were happening to restore survivors.
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (2012)
Honors: Full Scholarship to Villanova Law due to commitment to Public Interest & Human Rights
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Boston College
B.A. (2005) | Philosophy
Honors: Arts & Science: Honors Program
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Professional Associations
Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Current
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Chester County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Young Lawyers' Division, Mock Trial
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Websites & Blogs
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6 Questions Answered

Q. What if a power of attorney is needed to make decisions but he can not be reached?
A: You can file a petition in the Orphans' Court Division in the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which your grandfather resides, Petitioning the Court to Remove your brother as POA; for failing to perform the job he was appointed to perform. If your grandfather lacks cognitive capacity to make important decisions, you might also consider filing a Petition for Guardianship, which would enable a new, designated person (the guardian) to work with your grandfather to help him make important decisions and manage his money.
Q. My friend's mom is near death and her sister, brothers and father are not allowing her necessary care and visitation.
A: She might consider filing a petition for guardianship of her mother, alleging that she needs assistance caring for herself and determining who can see her, and her current care-situation is insufficient. An estates attorney should be able to help you prepare and file such a petition.
Q. Is my son responsible for my nursing home payments should I have to be in one? My property is in his name also, \
A: Your could be responsible for your nursing home payments if he signs a personal guarantee, or something similar for the nursing home, promising to make payment if you or your estate assets run out of funds. Alternatively, if you ran up a significant bill that the nursing filed a suit in order to get paid, their judgment would be against you and your assets, but not your son (if he doesn't sign a personal guarantee, or something similar) - so your property (if then titled in both your names) would not likely be subject to the judgment.
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Gawthrop Greenwood, P.C.
17 E Gay St
Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19381
Toll-Free: (484) 412-0617
Telephone: (484) 412-0617
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Your legal needs don't revolve around a clock. Neither do I. If you need assistance or a meeting (video or face to face) during evenings or weekends, I'll work around your schedule to assist you.
17 East Gay Street, Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19381
Telephone: (610) 696-8225
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