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

Phone: 610.692.1371
dwerkley@utbf.com

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Denise C. Werkley

At the end of her second decade of practice, Denise Werkley is valued for her detail-oriented approach to problem solving, outstanding project management skill and natural ability to positively influence people, including important deal constituents. Over the course of her career, Denise has negotiated, documented and successfully closed hundreds of millions of dollars of important transactions.

As head of the firm’s Banking and Finance practice, Denise advises national, regional and local financial institutions and investors regarding commercial financing and loan transactions. Her experience ranges from drafting loan documentation with varied collateral, to title review and due diligence, to closings and loan modifications. Denise also assists financial institutions and asset lenders in the negotiation of disputed loans, loan sales, forbearances and collateral issues.

In addition, Denise advises commercial real estate developers and custom home builders on all aspects of real estate including site acquisition, due diligence, title review, borrowing, planned communities, condominiums and homeowners associations. She also acts as outside general counsel to start-ups, closely-held companies, municipalities and school districts, providing general advice, contract review and business planning for all functions.

A Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” over several years, Denise maintains a preeminent “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing her superior legal ability as judged by her peers. Denise has also been named as a “Top Lawyer” in Business Law and Real Estate by Main Line Today Magazine multiple times, as well as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer.

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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. (2000)
  • The Pennsylvania State University (1996)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2000)
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey (2000)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000)

Memberships

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties
  • Chester County Commercial Industrial Investment Council
  • Women’s Referral Network of Chester County, Past President
  • YWCA of Greater West Chester, Past Vice President
  • Chester County Leadership Connection, Graduate

Community Involvement

  • Penn State Board of Advisors (Great Valley)
  • Chester County March of Dimes Women of Achievement and Planning Committee

Martindale Hubbell Rating

  • AV Rated*

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. For more information, see http://www.martindale.com.

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Jul

Every Partner at UTBF Named a Top Lawyer by Main Line Today Magazine

For the second year in a row, every partner at Unruh Turner Burke & Frees was named to the 2019 “Top Lawyers” list by Main Line Today magazine. Attorneys are nominated by their peers and vetted through the magazine’s editorial process. Sixteen attorneys at the firm, including all partners, were named to the list in …

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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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