Long-Standing Loyalty

About Us

UNRUH TURNER BURKE & FREES was founded in 1990 with the mission of providing its clients with the highest quality legal services, and that mission continues to this day. Starting with only 4 lawyers focusing on real estate, land use, business, municipal and school law, the Firm has increased to more than 22 lawyers, expanding its practice areas to include representation of businesses and entrepreneurs, governmental entities, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals in areas that encompass sophisticated commercial and creditors’ rights litigation, commercial transactions, estate and trust planning and administration, business law, labor and employment law, municipal and school law, sophisticated real estate transactions, taxation, and zoning and land use, as well as other areas.

Each attorney in the firm focuses primarily in practice areas in which he or she has established expertise through education and substantial experience. Legal matters are assigned to and supervised by lawyers in the firm most qualified to handle the particular matter effectively and efficiently, consistent with the client’s desires, needs and cost constraints.

Through a steadfast focus on providing top quality services we have earned a reputation for competence, integrity and credibility among our clients, our colleagues in the bar, the bench, and the governmental, financial and business community in which we and our clients work. And we have earned the long-standing loyalty of many individuals, businesses, institutions and governmental entities whom we have been fortunate and proud to serve for many years, and in quite a few cases since the day we started.

With each new client our firm renews its commitment to its original vision of what a law firm should be and do for its clients.

Sophisticated, Responsive and Focused.

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meet our elite team

Our primary practice areas include:

  • Appeals

    Appeals

    Our appellate attorneys have briefed and argued appeals in multiple state and federal jurisdictions on a variety of matters. We have broad experience appellate cases including, most recently appeals addressing telecommunications, taxation and the constitutionality of state statutes. Our attorneys frequently review the merits of appeals with clients and referring counsel to determine the best …

  • Banking & Finance

    Banking & Finance

    Our attorneys have extensive experience leading financing transactions for community, regional and national banks, as well as representing the individual, business and developer in navigating the financing portion of their deals.

    Representing the Lender

    We represent community, regional and national banks in all types of loan transactions from drafting the various loan documents to conducting …

  • Business Planning & Organizations

    Business Planning & Organizations

    One of the major components of our practice is the representation of small to medium size closely-held businesses. We provide a wide range of services relating to clients’ day-to-day business operations, counsel clients in the selection and formation of business organizations suited to their particular needs, and represent business organizations and their owners in negotiating, …

  • Business Transactions

    Business Transactions

    One of our most significant practice areas is the representation of closely-held businesses. Unruh Turner Burke & Frees provides a wide range of services to for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, including the following:

    Selecting the appropriate form of business organization. Forming business organizations and preparing all documents necessary for the creation and governance of corporations, …
  • Construction Litigation

    Construction Litigation

    Our commercial litigation, real estate and land use practice groups draw on and combine their extensive experience in litigation and in all facets of municipal, land use and real estate in order to enable Unruh Turner Burke & Frees to offer exceptional representation of clients (whether as plaintiffs or defendants) in most types of real …

  • Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy

    Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy

    Our attorneys have extensive experience representing banks, trust companies, savings institutions, asset-based lenders, commercial landlords, commercial finance lenders, leasing companies and other financial institutions, in a broad range of commercial transactions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues.  In addition to representing commercial lenders with drafting and negotiating transaction documents such as real estate, commercial loan and …

  • Elder Law Solutions ®

    Elder Law Solutions ®

    Our Elder Law attorneys help to guide families and individuals through the complex issues facing the elderly at all levels of wealth. Elder Law issues often involve questions of real estate, income, estate, and gift taxation, as well as trust, estate, and Medicaid laws and regulations. Since most families and individuals find this maze of …

  • Governmental

    Governmental

    Our governmental law practice augments the in-house legal capabilities of county government by providing counsel in a variety of specialized areas. Drawing on our depth of experience in diverse areas such as real estate, land use, eminent domain, and public finance, our attorneys counsel county government and its agencies on a variety of issues including:

  • Internal Investigations

    Internal Investigations

    Our internal investigation practice provides comprehensive reports, conclusions and recommendations in any number of situations requested by our clients. The internal investigation group knows that time is always a major factor when addressing issues on behalf of our clients, and all of the resources of the group are brought to bear to provide prompt and …

  • Labor & Employment Law

    Labor & Employment Law

    Our labor and employment law practice provides sophisticated representation to our clients on a variety of matters that arise in the modern workplace.  We recognize that employment and labor-related disputes often require immediate attention, and so we are poised to meet those needs of our clients by providing consultation, advice and, if necessary, representation in …

  • Litigation

    Litigation

    Our first rate Litigation Group is staffed by experienced attorneys who provide aggressive advocacy in responding to clients’ needs and are poised to handle a wide variety of sophisticated commercial and consumer related matters.  The Firm has experience handling disputes in the following areas:

    Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy Creditor’s Rights/Workout Commercial Lease Disputes Construction Claims …
  • Mediators & Arbitrators

    Mediators & Arbitrators

    Litigating disputes in the judicial system takes a substantial financial and emotional toll on both the parties to the litigation and the judicial system itself. Increasingly, parties have turned to arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to avoid the expense and delay typically involved in litigation.

    Several of our attorneys are …

  • Municipal & School Law

    Municipal & School Law

    Our municipal and school law practice offers a unique blend of experience in municipal law, municipal authority law and school law. Our attorneys counsel townships, boroughs, zoning hearing boards, municipal authorities and school districts on the wide range of issues confronting these bodies. In addition, we have extensive expertise in representing water, sewer and transportation …

  • Real Estate Development

    Real Estate Development

    Unruh Turner Burke & Frees’ real estate development practice integrates the resources of our first rate land use and real estate transactional attorneys who, working closely with our clients and other members of the development team, guide our clients through the various phases and potential pitfalls of their residential, commercial or retail development projects, providing …

  • Real Estate Tax Assessment

    Real Estate Tax Assessment

    Our long established and active real estate tax assessment group represents both commercial and residential owners as well as various taxing authorities. Our experience provides our attorneys with a comprehensive understanding of tax assessment law. We put our depth of knowledge to work for our clients to guide them through the tax assessment process, from …

  • Real Estate Transactions

    Real Estate Transactions

    Unruh Turner Burke & Frees has one of the most active and well-respected real estate practice groups in the region, serving clients who range from some of the most prominent and respected residential and commercial developers in the area to individual real estate investors and individual homeowners.

    Whether our client is acquiring and developing raw …

  • Taxation

    Taxation

    Our firm offers a broad range of individual, business and estate tax planning services. These services supplement our services in other areas such as estate planning and representation of clients in real estate and commercial transactions and the formation of business entities.

    We provide comprehensive advice and counseling on the structuring and tax implications of …

  • Telecommunications, Wireless & Cable

    Telecommunications, Wireless & Cable

    Our telecommunications, wireless and cable team has a full range of resources available to municipal and private clients in this complex and constantly evolving practice area.  We craft wireless and right of way ordinances for municipalities, and have litigated tower and infrastructure cases in both state and federal courts.  At the same time we track …

  • Trust and Estate Administration

    Trust and Estate Administration

    Our experienced trust and estate lawyers offer a range of services designed to make estate and trust administration simple and effective. These services include assistance in the filing of Federal Estate and Gift Tax Returns, and Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Returns. We also work with the client’s tax advisors, or obtain the services of tax advisors, …

  • Trust, Estate & Wealth Preservation

    Trust, Estate & Wealth Preservation

    Our Firm’s team of trust, estate and wealth preservation attorneys guide clients through the process of trust and estate planning as well as more sophisticated asset protection and federal estate tax planning strategies. We also represent corporate and individual fiduciaries including guardians, executors and trustees and assist them in handling all aspects of estate and …

  • Zoning & Land Use Law

    Zoning & Land Use Law

    The attorneys in our zoning and land use practice group help clients navigate the complex zoning, subdivision and land development process, and the myriad of regulations affecting new construction and land development. We work extensively with property owners, developers, municipalities, zoning hearing boards and planning commissions.

    We represent developers in hearings before zoning hearing boards, …

Latest News

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May

William J. Burke, III Participates on Panel at CII Council Presentation

On May 17, 2017  William Burke participated as one of a panel of three experienced Chester County real estate lawyers in a presentation entitled “Contracts and Booby Traps – How to Avoid Legal Issues in CRE Brokerage” for  members of the CII Council (Chester County Commercial Industrial Investment Council).  The …

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May

UTBF Attorneys Re-appointed to Pennsylvania Bar Association Committees

Congratulations to Attorneys Stephen P. Lagoy, Anthony T. Verwey and Nancy J. Glidden on being reappointed to Pennsylvania Bar Association Committees. PBA President, Sharon R. Lopez re-appointed Mr. Lagoy and Ms. Glidden to serve on the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, and re-appointed Mr. Verwey to the Legal Ethics & Professional …

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May

Nearly Half of UTBF’s Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2017

Eight of the 19 attorneys at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees have been recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2017. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service and publication, selects outstanding attorneys by utilizing a multi-phase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Only 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive the …

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West Chester, PA
17 West Gay Street
P.O. BOX 515
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 692-1371

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120 Gay Street
P.O. Box 289
Phoenixville, PA 19460
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Paoli, PA 19301
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