With a focus on real estate development, eminent domain, government and school law, Anthony Verwey has nearly 30 years of experience navigating government regulations on behalf of municipalities, appointed officials, school districts, boards and private clients. Some of his most significant cases include real estate taxation, digital billboards, election recounts, telecommunications and appeals addressing constitutional and other complex issues.
Anthony’s practice includes advocating at government meetings on behalf of municipal, school and private clients; advising elected boards on governance, open records, prevailing wage and other issues; litigating municipal, school, land development and zoning matters through appeal; drafting legislative and policy documents for municipal governments as well as conducting internal investigations.
He is the author of numerous articles, and a frequent speaker before township supervisors, legislative committees and chambers of commerce, with recent engagements including:
- Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Zoning Symposium, Granny Flats and Tiny Houses in Pennsylvania. (December 2017) (Speaker)
- Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Government 101 Programs, Municipal Law, Part 2 and Planning and Zoning. (November 2017) (Speaker)
- Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, How Townships Can Regulate Digital Billboards. (April 2017) (Speaker)
- Chester County Association of Township Officials, Electronic Billboards – Then and Now. (March 2017) (Speaker)
- Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Hearing on Senate Bill 1301 – Electronic Billboards. (September 2016) (Witness)
- Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Government 101 Programs, Municipal Law, Part 2 and Planning and Zoning. (November 2015) (Speaker)
- Chester County Association of Township Officials, Child Protective Services Law Seminar. (September 2015) (Speaker)
- Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Municipal Government Academy Planning Primary Course. (July 2015) (Planner/Speaker)
Anthony began his career with a boutique litigation firm and later went on to work for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where he led investigations of alleged rules violations with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He went on to run his own private practice, where he represented clients in a variety of matters including legal ethics, professional discipline investigations and defense and general litigation. Most recently, he led the appellate practice group at another Chester County law firm.
Anthony is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he serves on the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, as well as of the Chester County Bar Association and its Municipal and Real Estate Law sections.
In 2017, Anthony was elected to the Board of Directors of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the board of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where he co-founded the organization’s Trial Run 5K. The event has raised more than $200,000 since its inception for the provision of legal services to the disadvantaged.
Anthony received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University. He resides in Downingtown with his wife and son.
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Honors & Awards
- Main Line Today Top Lawyers 2019
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2019
- Philadelphia Business Journal‘s “Best of the Bar” Award 2017
- Chester County Bar Association Service Award (2014)
- Chester County Commissioners Citation for Service as Member of the Workforce Investment Board (2012)
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1989)
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1991)
- Supreme Court of the United States (2003)
- United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2013)
- United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2014)
- Widener University School of Law, J.D.
- The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Administration of Justice