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John Rafferty

John Rafferty

Accomplished Contract Litigator! Skilled Advocacy to Solve Your Legal Dilemma!
  • Business Law, Real Estate Law, Animal & Dog Law
  • Pennsylvania
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Evan Kelly
Evan Kelly July 23, 2023
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
John is very hardworking, thoughtful, a critical thinker and tenacious
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S. M. March 16, 2023
John Rafferty is the No-Nonsense man you need to get the job done. I had reached out to John to enforce a Promissory Note that I needed to collect on. John had continuously and always responded swiftly whenever I had needed him or had questions pertaining to the case. He worked relentlessly to represent me in my corner, and worked with the plaintiff to come to a settlement in which both parties were happy with. Johns knowledge and application of the law is unparalleled and I couldnt be any happier with his services. If I were to ever need legal help again, John would be the first person I reach out to pertaining to anything I would need. Thank you again John for everything.
M. L. January 10, 2023
Compassionate, highly qualified attorney Like most folks encountering the criminal justice system, I turned to Attorney Rafferty's office during a very difficult time. From my first meeting with Attorney Rafferty to my final email regarding the resolution of the case, he has made a scary, overwhelming process significantly easier and better than I could have imagined. It's been obvious to me that he's not in this work for the financial benefit. He's in it because he truly cares and wants to use his legal expertise to help others. During our initial consultation, his sincere demeanor and professionalism put me at ease. I also appreciated his explanation of multiple routes that we could take with my case and what the pros and cons of each would be. This allowed me to make the best choices for my personal circumstances. Along the way, he communicated any changes or updates to the legal situation promptly. He answered all of my questions in a way that was easy to understand. Overall, I could not recommend his services enough. His legal counsel was realistic but optimistic. He advocated for my needs and helped me navigate my way to what I would consider the best-case scenario. He also took my financial situation into consideration and worked efficiently with the time we had. I really don't have enough good things to say about him as a professional, skilled attorney. While every situation is different, if you want a great lawyer with a great heart and a fantastic team behind him, this is the attorney I would recommend. His services are a worthwhile investment in your future or your loved one's future.
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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
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Animal & Dog Law
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  • 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Gawthrop Greenwood, P.C.
- Current
Assistant District Attorney (Child Abuse Unit)
Chester County District Attorney's Office
Independence Foundation Fellow
Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.
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.
Anti-Human Trafficking Intern
Senior Legal and Policy Fellow
Polaris (formerly Polaris Project)
Logistics Officer
Mine Countermeasures Division 31
US Navy
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (2012) | Law
Honors: Full Scholarship to Villanova Law due to commitment to Public Interest & Human Rights
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Boston College
B.A. (2005) | Philosophy and Religious Studies
Arts & Science: Honors Program; Navy ROTC midshipman
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Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Top Lawyer
Main Line Today
2018 - 2023
10.0 Superb Rating
AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Best Lawyers - Readers Choice Awards
Daily Local News
Millennial Superstar
Pro Bono Award
Super Lawyers
Excellence in the Provision of Pro Bono Legal Services
Dorothy Day Award
Award for Advancing Equality of Opportunity & Treatment of Women
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Chester County Bar Association
Activities: Young Lawyers' Division, Mock Trial
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La Comunidad Hispana
Board Member and Chair of Risk Management
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Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
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Articles & Publications
Litigating Cryptocurrency: Is Bitcoin’s Future Doomed?
The Legal Intelligencer
Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice (Authored article for "Nongovernmental Organization")
The Manama Declaration on Human Trafficking at the Crossroads (Co-Author)
Human Trafficking at the Crossroads (Bahrain)
Speaking Engagements
New Jersey & Pennsylvania Light a Beacon for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, NBC 10 News
What You Need to Know about the New Pennsylvania Drone Laws, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mastering Bitcoin, Digital Currency, & Blockchain Law, 24/7 On-demand Recording & Complimentary Podcast CLE
Identifying & Representing Victims of Human Trafficking, Continuing Legal Education
Blockchains and Bitcoin: What Lawyers Can't Afford to Ignore, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How to Create More Effective Crime Scene Photography, ockhaven University Law Enforcement Forensic Investigation Training
Assisting Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Temple ?University School of Public Health
Labor Trafficking & Its Challenges, Luzerne County Family Services Association
International Human Rights Guest Lecturer, Villanova Law School & Chestnut Hill College
Websites & Blogs
My Website
Legal Answers
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
Telephone: (484) 593-3737
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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.
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