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Jane M. Shields - West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street West Chester, PA 19382

Updated: 05/12/2016

West Chester Urban Redevelopment and Historic Preservation Lawyer


Jane serves as Chair of the Land Use and Zoning department. She represents individuals, businesses and developers in a matters pertaining to real estate, business practices and contracts, as well as labor agreements. Jane is also a trained Mediator.

Recent Representations

  • Successfully had zoning amendments in two different townships declared invalid because townships failed to follow proper notice procedures...

About Jane M. Shields

Practice Areas

  • Urban Redevelopment and Historic Preservation
  • Land Use Law
  • Litigation
  • Agriculture Law
  • Zoning
  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Government and Regulation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Land Use Planning
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Chester County Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Academy of Advocacy (Fellow)
  • Pennsylvania Counsel of Mediators (Member)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division, Ad Hoc Committee on the Judiciary
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates, Constitutional Review Commission and Chair of the Constitutional Review Commission Local Government Committee
  • Chester County Bar Association, Incorporator and Advisory Board


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Purdue University
    Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop III of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Advisory Board
  • Chester County Cycling Classic, Board of Directors
  • Brandywine Regional Police Commission, Former Chairman
  • Wallace Township Board of Supervisors, Former Chairman
  • Easttown Township Planning Commission, Former Chairman



  • Top Lawyers, 2009 - 2013
  • BV Preeminent peer rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013

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Office Information


17 West Miner Street West Chester, PA 19382


  • 610-429-4486
  • 610-430-7885

Accepts Credit Cards




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