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James S. McClellan, Esq.

James S. McClellan, Esq.

Legal Experience

James S. McClellan is a Pennsylvania licensed attorney whose legal practice is primarily focused on estate planning. From his offices in Chester County and Lancaster County, Mr. McClellan is available to prepare estate plans for a wide range of clients including will-based plans and trust-based plans. Mr. McClellan’s particular area of expertise includes planning for minor children, retirement trusts, living revocable trusts, incapacity planning, and asset protection.

In addition to estate planning, Mr. McClellan has helped approximately one thousand homeowners lower their property tax burden by successfully appealing their property assessment on various types of properties, including: typical family residences, high value estates, and farms under Act 319. Mr. McClellan has successfully won appeals before the Board of Assessment Appeals in Chester and Lancaster counties.

Prior to starting his own legal practice in 2011, Mr. McClellan obtained twelve years of patent law experience while employed by the federal government at the United States Patent & Trademark Office and by the global patent law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP.

Education and Honors

Mr. McClellan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science degree in Business Information Management from Marymount University, and a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University School of Law.

Mr. McClellan graduated at the top of his law school class with honors and as a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. Mr. McClellan was also the recipient of several law school awards, including an American Bar Association sponsored award for excellence in the study of intellectual property law. Further, Mr. McClellan was published in the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2009, with the article, “R.W. Beck v. E3 Consulting: Tenth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment for Alleged Infringer Because There Remained a Genuine Issue of Material Fact.

Community and Memberships

Mr. McClellan is a member of WealthCounsel, which is a national organization that provides its over one thousand attorney members with continued legal education, a forum for professional interaction, and a top-notch estate plan drafting system. Mr. McClellan has been active in the local community as a high school track & field coach .

Mr. McClellan actively provides pro bono estate planning for Pennsylvania’s first responders (e.g., policemen, firemen, and EMTs) and their family members via the nationally recognized Wills for Heroes program. Mr. McClellan resides in Avondale, Pennsylvania with his wife, Donna, and his two children, Katherine and John.


McClellan Legal LLC is located in Kennett Square and serves clients throughout the areas of Avondale, Chadds Ford, Coatesville, Downingtown, Landenberg, Oxford, Phoenixville, Pottstown, West Chester, & West Grove. We also serve the following towns in Lancaster County: Lancaster, Lititz, Strasburg,Millersville, Ephrata, Leola, Manheim, New Holland, Willow Street, Quarryville, Elizabethtown and Mountville.



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113 South Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
| Phone: 610-444-5552

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