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

Phone: 610.692.1371
jdalton@utbf.com

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James C. Dalton

Jim Dalton’s practice is focused on commercial, real estate and construction litigaton in trial and on appeal, in state and federal court, and before regulatory agencies, arbitration panels and boards of tax assessment appeals. His clients include privately-held and family-owned businesses of all sizes, public companies, property owners, developers, investors, borrowers, lenders, landlords, tenants and construction companies.

In his fourth decade of practice, Jim is knowledgeable in a wide range of industries and experienced in resolving commercial disputes that range from unfair competition, to the dissolution of partnerships, to employment law matters. He has served as lead counsel on complex litigation claims involving the purchase and development of real property, insurance coverage disputes, eminent domain and lender liability actions. He has also defended and prosecuted professional liability disputes, engineering, contractor and subcontractor claims and surety bond claims.

Prior to entering private practice, Jim served as a Deputy District Attorney for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Jim’s experience as a district attorney aided him in developing the ability to “think on his feet” in trial and to establish immediate credibility before judges and juries alike.

An ever-pragmatic counselor who is both diligent and prepared, Jim productively advocates his client’s position by balancing ensuing litigation, time and cost. A Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney, Jim pursues resolution with an ethical and practical approach to problem-solving. A testament to his commitment to those he serves, Jim has maintained client relationships that have spanned decades. He is appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for his analytical skill in assessing the merits of a claim and determining when to proceed and when to settle. Whether immediate resolution behind the scenes is needed or skilled representation in the courtroom is required, Jim is dedicated to delivering the right advice and result at every turn.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law , J.D. (1985)
  • Haverford College (1982)
    • B.A., History and Russian Language

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1985)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1989)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1999)
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania (2000)

Memberships

  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. Americans Inns of Court
  • Exchange Club Family Center of West Chester
    • Advisory Board Member

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Mar

Stephen P. Lagoy Serves as Mediator at ABA’s Regional Mediation Competition

Stephen P. Lagoy served as a mediator and judge at the American Bar Association’s Representation in Mediation Regional Competition held at the University of Maryland School of Law on February 23. Participating were ten teams representing the law schools of Emory University, the University of Buffalo, the University of Florida, the University of Maryland, …

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Feb

William J. Burke, III Reinstalled As Solicitor To The HBA Of Chester And Delaware Counties

WEST CHESTER, PA, February 6, 2019 ─ William J. Burke, III was reinstalled as Solicitor to the Home Builders Association (“HBA”) of Chester and Delaware Counties on January 23, 2019. The HBA’s Installation of Officers and Directors dinner was held at McKenzie’s Brew Pub in Malvern. Mr. Burke is a founding member of Unruh …

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Jan

Theodore F. Claypoole Re-elected Treasurer Of Chester County Housing Authority

WEST CHESTER, PA, January 29, 2019 ─ Theodore F. Claypoole was re-elected as Treasurer of the Housing Authority of the County of Chester on January 22, 2019. Mr. Claypoole currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority, which was established in 1963 to meet the housing needs of …

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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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