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John Rafferty

John Rafferty

Accomplished Contract Litigator! Skilled Advocacy to Solve Your Legal Dilemma!
  • Business Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder Law ...
  • Pennsylvania
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Patrick Short
Reviewed by Patrick Short December 25, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
John is the kind of lawyer that other lawyers enjoy working with. You know he will pull more than his fair share of the load. After a long day in trial, John is as comfortable talking about the important things of life over a great supper to round out a full day of work. Trial lawyers by nature love to communicate. John is a great communicator deserving of the highest rating I can give.
Reviewed by Shelli Barbush November 15, 2021
5 star rating across the spectrum of experience, knowledge, expertise and professionalism!
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Attorney John Raferty on a civil litigation case. John’s knowledge of the legalities of my case navigated it to a successful completion without having to go to court. John was very thorough when communicating with me and promptly addressed my questions and concerns with compassion and patience. His professionalism and expertise were pivotal in closing this case in a timely and cost efficient way. I would highly recommend John Raferty and will be forever grateful.
Reviewed by Rebekah T. February 3, 2021
Generally speaking, one never wants to find himself in need of a lawyer; but when that time came for us, we were grateful to have John Rafferty. Even with the first meeting, Mr. Rafferty had already done extensive background research and was well prepared to ask meaningful questions. He was well versed in our type of situation and was able to layout multiple options for us to discuss. Perceptive to our current needs, John provided valuable strategic insight concerning the first steps, as well as an outline of what to expect throughout the coming months. He was prompt in responding and always followed up conversations with a summary and additional resources. Our most trusted friends recommended him to us, and now we also know whom we will recommend going forward.
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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
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration
    Elder Law
    Animal & Dog Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Contracts
Video Conferencing
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • FreeConferenceCall
  • 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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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 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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Millennial Superstar
Best Lawyers - Readers Choice Awards
Daily Local News
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Top Lawyers
Main Line Today
2018 - 2020
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
La Comunidad Hispana
Board Member and Chair of Risk Management
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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
My Firm's 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
Toll-Free: (484) 451-8718
Telephone: (484) 451-8718
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.
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