WEST CHESTER, PA — Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, a regional law firm with offices in West Chester, PA and Greater Wilmington, DE, announced a merger with Chester County-based commercial and residential real estate law firm Landis & Setzler, PC. Effective January 3, 2023, attorneys Holly L. Setzler and James D. Doyle are joining Gawthrop Greenwood’s team of attorneys at their law offices in historic downtown West Chester, PA.
“Holly and James are known throughout the region as premier practitioners in community association law, having represented hundreds of such entities across the area,” said Patrick McKenna, chair of the management committee at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC. “As Philadelphia’s suburbs continue to be transformed by more housing communities, commercial and residential real estate experience of more than 30 years is invaluable to housing associations facing increasing accountability as well as homeowners seeking to maintain and raise their property values.”
Holly L. Setzler is the principal owner of Landis & Setzler, PC, which was founded in 1976 in West Chester, PA and has provided legal counsel to homeowner and condominium associations, developers, business clients, county airports, municipalities and real estate-related entities across Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Berks County. A lifelong resident of Chester County as it has transformed from a rural community to a thriving residential and commercial corridor, Holly has practiced with Landis & Setzler, PC since her admission to the Bar in 1988. She was the attorney who achieved a landmark victory in the Mountain View Condominium v. Bomersbach case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court. At the time, the result ensured homeowner and condominium associations could recoup expended legal fees when enforcing the governing documents of a community. Ultimately, the legislation was amended to accommodate the provision. Setzler has also represented association insurance carriers as defense counsel when issues are association related and complex.
Attorney James D. Doyle joins Gawthrop Greenwood as a partner focusing his practice in homeowners and condominium association law, real estate transactions and litigation, zoning and land use, buyer/seller disputes and title matters. He has assisted Landis & Setzler clients in the formation, governance and management of homeowners and condominium associations, as well as in the buying, selling and development of residential and commercial land. He was recently appointed to Pennsylvania’s Legislative Action Committee for the Community Associations Institute, an international trade association with nearly 40,000 members that is at the forefront of community association law.
Since its founding in 1904, Gawthrop Greenwood has become one of the most prominent law firms in the greater mid-Atlantic region. The firm has produced seven judges, 11 presidents of the Chester County Bar Association and numerous high-profile lawyers whose commitment to unparalleled service has long distinguished the firm. The first female judge in Chester County came from Gawthrop Greenwood, as did two judges who went on to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, another who became a Federal District Court Judge and three who have served as President Judge of Chester County.
“Gawthrop Greenwood’s reputation for integrity is unsurpassed and its commitment to personalized customer service upholds the values of Landis & Setzler. We are proud to bring our experience, and our enthusiasm, to the Gawthrop Greenwood team,” said Setzler.
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