Dan LaPera

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17 West Gay Street, Suite 200
West Chester, PA 19380

Phone: 610.692.1371
dlepera@utbf.com

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Daniel S. LePera

Dan LePera is an associate in the firm’s real estate and business transactions practice group who assists clients with real estate transactions, business formations and acquisitions, and other general business matters. He serves a variety of clients across multiple industries, including but not limited to, commercial and residential real estate, industrial/manufacturing, and municipal.

In addition to being a skilled communicator and a trustworthy advisor, Dan maintains a positive attitude and brings a passion for the law to each and every matter. He is relationship-driven and a true partner to his clients, always demonstrating compassion and a willingness to listen. As a problem solver, Dan has the ability to quickly identify client concerns and execute according to his or her needs and objectives.

Dan was recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America: Ones to Watch” by the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Edition and was named to the 2020 “Top Lawyers” list by Main Line Today magazine.

Prior to joining the firm, Dan served as an Assistant Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Law Department, where he contributed to high-profile City matters by reviewing, negotiating, and drafting a variety of contractual agreements associated with the acquisition and sale, leasing and development of property.

Outside of the firm, Dan enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law (2014)
    • Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program, Member
    • Villanova Civil Justice Clinic, Member
  • Pennsylvania State University (2011)
    • Public Relations (B.A.)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2014)
  • Chester County Bar Association

Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
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13 Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Lawyers Recognized In The 2024 Editions Of The Best Lawyers In America® And The Best Lawyers In America: Ones To Watch®

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Every Attorney At Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Named To The Daily Local News 2023 Top Lawyers List For The Second Consecutive Year

Daily Local News readers voted for Chester County’s Top Lawyers in the annual Top Lawyers Readers’ Choice Poll earlier this year. Readers voted online for their favorite lawyers in various practice areas.

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20

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May

Fifteen Attorneys at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® for 2023

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees (“UTBF”) is pleased to announce that eleven attorneys have been selected to the 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and four firm attorneys have been selected to the 2023 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice …

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28

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UTBF Receives National Ranking for Land Use and Zoning Law by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms in America”, and Ranks Regionally in Multiple Practice Areas

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees (UTBF) was honored to be named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms in America” again for 2023. The firm earned a National “Tier 1” ranking in Land Use and Zoning Law for the second year in a row; a Metropolitan “Tier 1” ranking for Philadelphia …

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31

Aug

Eleven UTBF Attorneys Recognized By Best Lawyers In America®

Unruh Turner Burke & Frees (UTBF) is pleased to announce that eleven UTBF attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch™.

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Aug

Fourteen Attorneys at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Named to “2022 Top Lawyers” List by Main Line Today Magazine

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Jul

Every Attorney at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees Receives the Daily Local 2022 Top Lawyers Reader’s Choice Award

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Nov

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Sep

UTBF Attorneys Recognized By Best Lawyers In America®

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16

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Twenty UTBF Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in Chester County by the Daily Local News Readers Choice

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24

Mar

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Seven UTBF Attorneys Recognized By Best Lawyers in America

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Fifteen Attorneys at UTBF Named Top Lawyers by Main Line Today Magazine

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29

Jun

Andrew D.H. Rau and UTBF Attorneys Lead Avon Grove School District through Land Use Process for New Avon Grove High School

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Apr

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Nov

UTBF Associates Amanda Grant and Daniel LePera are Sworn in to Chester County Bar

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Jul

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West Chester, PA
17 West Gay Street
P.O. BOX 515
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 692-1371
Phoenixville, PA
120 Gay Street
P.O. Box 289
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 933-8069