Gawthrop Greenwood acquires real estate law firm Landis & Setzler

WEST CHESTER — Gawthrop Greenwood PC, a regional law firm with offices in West Chester, and Greater Wilmington, Del. has merged with commercial and residential real estate law firm Landis & Setzler PC.

The merger with the Chester County-based Landis & Setzler was effective on Monday, Jan. 3. Attorneys Holly L. Setzler and James D. Doyle will join Gawthrop Greenwood’s team of attorneys at the firm’s offices downtown West Chester.

PATRICK MCKENNA

“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,” Patrick McKenna, chairman of the management committee at Gawthrop Greenwood PC,  said in a statement. He added the newly acquired firm is known throughout the region as “premier practitioners” in community association law.

GAWTHROP ACQUISITIONHOLLY L. SETZLER

Setzler is the principal owner of Landis & Setzler, founded in West Chester 1976. The firm provides legal counsel to homeowner and condominium associations, developers, business clients, county airports, municipalities and real estate-related entities across Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, according to a press release.

She achieved a landmark victory in the Mountain View Condominium v. Bomersbach case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court that 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.

“Gawthrop Greenwood’s reputation for integrity is unsurpassed and its commitment to personalized customer service upholds the values of Landis & Setzler,” Setzler said in a statement.

GAWTHROP ACQUISITIONJAMES D. DOYLE

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.

Since its founding in 1904, Gawthrop has produced seven judges, 11 presidents of the Chester County Bar Association and numerous high-profile lawyers. The firm serves clients throughout the greater mid-Atlantic region and the U.S.

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