McKenna wins Chester County Bar Association award for service to the public – Daily Local
WEST CHESTER – Gawthrop Greenwood solicitor Patrick McKenna is recognized by the Chester County Bar Association for his service to the public and legal profession. He recently received the Bar Association Board of Directors Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the legal profession and for promoting the purposes and principles of our constitutional form of government.
McKenna was awarded at the Chester County Bar Association President’s Dinner held on March 11, after a hiatus due to the pandemic.
CCBA President Michelle Bernardo-Rudy (pictured) honored McKenna for his work as 2020 President of the Chester County Bar Foundation, whose mission is to help the citizens of Chester County understand, access and benefit from the legal system by supporting law programs and service delivery. CCBF-supported programs include Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, and Family Service of Chester County.
“Patrick has been a tremendous advocate for the Chester County Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Foundation since I’ve known him,” said Matt Holliday, executive director of the Chester County Bar Association. “We are fortunate to have had his leadership in so many positions for the better part of the past 20 years. Knowing him like me, I am sure he will continue to be one of our biggest supporters as we go forward. seeks to constantly contribute to our Chester County community.
Bernardo-Rudy said: “I have known Patrick for almost 20 years. During that time, I watched him grow as a lawyer into the wonderful lawyer he is today. His dedication to his work, to the legal community and to the community as a whole is admirable and I can see him continuing in the future. It was an honor to present him with this award and I am proud to call him a colleague and a friend. Congratulations Patrick!”
McKenna served as president of the Chester County Bar Association in 2019, upholding Gawthrop Greenwood’s legacy of CCBA leadership. Eleven Gawthrop Greenwood lawyers have served as president of the CCBA, including Gawthrop Greenwood partners Kevin Holleran (1995) and John Halsted (1976).
McKenna has been a member of the Chester County Bar Association since 2002 and has also served as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition, he is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Division and a past chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee and the Rules Committee.
McKenna is chairman of the management committee of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, where he is a partner. He is a member of Gawthrop’s Department of Government and Education Law, which is nationally ranked for land use and zoning law.