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Harry J. DiDonato - West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street West Chester, PA 19382

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Updated: 05/12/2016

West Chester Business Lawyer

Overview

Harry is an experienced transactional attorney and business advisor who works to guide clients through a myriad of legal and business issues. He focuses on solving the business needs of startups as well as more mature companies. As a business owner, Harry understands firsthand the obstacles and opportunities that many small businesses face. His innovative perspective, experience and aptitude make him a strong business partner and advocate...

Harry is an experienced transactional attorney and business advisor who works to guide clients through a myriad of legal and business issues. He focuses on solving the business needs of startups as well as more mature companies. As a business owner, Harry understands firsthand the obstacles and opportunities that many small businesses face. His innovative perspective, experience and aptitude make him a strong business partner and advocate.

Areas of Concentration
Harry has over 25 years of legal experience counseling individuals, small businesses and middle market companies regarding all aspects of general business and corporate matters, real estate transactions, business sales and succession, and tax planning. His representation often starts with advising on the formation and structure of the entity, continues with representing his clients in issues facing small to mid-market companies including contracts, employment matters, financing, and tax matters and ultimately assisting his clients in preparation for and consummation of a liquidity event, whether an equity sale, asset sale, merger or otherwise.

Harry has successfully led interdisciplinary teams of attorneys at MacElree to structure, document and negotiate numerous mergers and acquisitions. He tends to focus on the "big picture" for his clients while also minding the details. His clients include buyers, sellers, investors, strategic partners and financial advisors.

In addition to serving as general outside counsel for many companies across various industries, Harry devotes a significant portion of his practice to real estate matters from acquisition, coordination of entitlement process, documentation, construction, sale, lease-up, management and financing. He has handled a variety of real estate transactions for owners, developers, contractors, sellers and purchasers alike. Harry, together with MacElree's real estate group is a team of professionals that is results orientated and experience in any type of commercial real estate project.

With an LL.M in taxation, Harry works closely with his clients to advise on estate and planning opportunities, including business succession planning and transfers of family owned businesses to the next generation.

Harry has an AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest legal ability and ethical standards rating. Harry has been consistently selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list published by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. Only five percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania are recognized on this annual list, which is based upon a multi-phase rating process of peer nominations and evaluations, combined with third party research.

Out of the Office
When not in the office Harry can be found spending time "at the shore" with his wife and three children, on the golf course at Chester Valley Golf Club, or running on a local trail. Harry is a passionate, and only sometimes obnoxious, fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Recent Representations

  • Counsel to multi-national industrial company with acquisition of a division of a publicly held company.
  • Represented a regional developer in acquisition, financing, rezoning and development of 78-acre brownfield site.
  • Counsel to professional firm in recapitalization, restructuring and preparation of complex Partnership Agreement.
  • Negotiated a $56M acquisition for a seller in which seller became a minority owner in the acquirer.
  • Advised a family business with business and real estate succession, reorganization, financing and estate and tax planning.
  • Acting as outside general counsel to a 400 employee distribution and service company.
  • Represented a mid-market business in the acquisition of a strategic competitor.
  • Working with a manufacturer/distributor in a national roll up of like companies to create a nationwide manufacturing and distribution chain of companies.
  • Counsel to many start-up companies assisting with formation, planning, financing and partnership/shareholder agreements.
  • Lead US counsel to a privately held acquirer in a multi-national $105 million acquisition

About Harry J. DiDonato

Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nonprofits and Charitable Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Planning

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Other Affiliations

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, 1998 - 2010 (Board of Directors)

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    J.D.
  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    LL.M.
  • University of Notre Dame
    B.S.
    Honors: Pre-Professional Studies

Pro Bono Activities

  • Devon Preparatory School, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Chester Valley Golf Club, President, 2012 - 2014
  • Youth basketball coach

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Lectures Frequently on Business, Real Estate and Tax Topics to a Variety of Local Audiences

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Harry J. DiDonato

Included on the 2024 Pennsylvania list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Harry J. DiDonato on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2012 - Present
  • Top Lawyers, 2011 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2010
  • Rising Stars, 2005 - Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale Hubbell, 2015

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Office Information

Address

17 West Miner Street West Chester, PA 19382

Fax

  • 610-430-7885
  • 610-429-4486

Publication

Articles

  • Real Estate Market Blues May Have a Silver Lining
  • Hosting a Party This Spring?

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