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Holly L. Setzler

Community association leadership may change, but Holly L. Setzler is the constant for numerous communities and homeowners across the Philadelphia region. As a real estate lawyer for more than 30 years, Holly brings longevity, loyalty and clear communication to community associations — residential and commercial — facing increasing accountability for the governance of the association.

A lifelong resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania as it has transformed from a rural community to a thriving residential and commercial corridor, Holly has practiced with real estate law firm Landis & Setzler, PC since her admission to the Bar in 1988. She was the principal owner of the firm located in West Chester until it merged with Gawthrop Greenwood in 2023.

A significant portion of Holly’s practice is devoted to homeowners and condominium association law, with her original firm having engaged in the Chester County area since 1976, when the Unit Property Act was the governing law. Holly also provides land use and development legal counsel to developers, business clients, county airports, municipalities and real estate-related entities.

Holly was the attorney who achieved a landmark victory in the Mountain View Condominium v. Bomersbach case before the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. At the time, the result ensured homeowner and condominium associations could recoup expended legal fees when enforcing the governing documents of a community. Thereafter, Pennsylvania’s laws (and other jurisdictions nationwide) were amended to accommodate the provision.  Holly has also represented association insurance carriers as defense counsel when the issues are association related and complex.

Voted a Top Lawyer by Main Line Today several times, Holly has been a long- standing member of Community Associations Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Immaculata University and her doctorate degree from Villanova School of Law.

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • Chester County, PA 1988

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Immaculata University, B.A., Economics
  • Wesley College, A.A.

Membership & Service

  • Community Associations Institute
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1988
  • Chester County Bar Association, 1988
  • A Haven, Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Oscar Lasko YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Saint Elizabeth Parish School, Honorary Co-chair of Capital Campaign
  • Volunteer, Lord’s Pantry, Honey Brook Food Pantry

Additional Distinctions

  • Top Lawyers, Main Line Today, 2019-2020, 2023
  • Top Lawyers, Daily Local News, 2023 Readers Choice Awards
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Real Estate Law, 2020- 2021
  • Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer
Holly L. Setzler

(610) 696-8225

 hsetzler@gawthrop.com

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DISTINCTIONS

  • Top Lawyers, Main Line Today, 2019-2020, 2023
  • Top Lawyers, Daily Local News, 2023 Readers Choice Awards
  • Marquis Who’s Who in Real Estate Law, 2020- 2021
  • Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer

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