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Larry Harmelin

Larry Harmelin has defended presumptively innocent people charged with any criminal offense, primarily in Chester County, Pennsylvania, for more than 25 years.
His office is located at 212 West Gay Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

In addition, Larry Harmelin also represents people charged with criminal offenses in Federal Court.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Larry Harmelin has been a practicing attorney in Chester County since 1980. Before starting his own solo legal practice, Larry Harmelin worked as a trial prosecutor in the Chester County Distict Attorney’s office for 7 years. As an assistant district attorney, he tried more the 35 jury and 10 non-jury trials to verdict. After being promoted to Deputy District Attorney in 1984, he tried cases ranging from DUI to drug offenses, rape, murder, kidnapping, arson and fraud, in addition to supervising trial attorneys, being responsible for case preparation and presentation by the Assistant District Attorneys.

After leaving the D.A.’s office in 1988, he went into private practice in Paoli, representing civil and criminal clients, and then a West Chester personal injury and criminal defense firm.


  • 25 years representing criminal defendants, trying dozens of cases to juries.
  • Former Deputy District Attorney, Chester County D.A.’s office.
  • Former Assistant District Attorney, Chester County D.A.’s office.
  • 25 years civil litigation experience, trying arbitrations and jury trials
  • Former personal injury associate attorney
  • Former legal assistant, during law school
  • Former construction materials quality control inspector
  • Former teaching instructor at Penn State Paralegal program
  • Taught “Sexual Assault, the Medical Response”, for the Chester County Victim and Witness Assistance Agency

  • Education

  • Juns Doctor, Widener Law School, 1980 (Law Review)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Penn State University, 1973 (Dean’s List)

  • Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Federal Court (Eastern District, PA)
  • United States Supreme Court

  • Community Activities

  • West Chester University, Council of Trustees, 1995-2007
  • Chester County Agricultural Development Council, 1988-1997
  • Chester County Republican Committee, Committeeman, 1982-1990, 1994-2000
  • Larry Harmelin, Esquire
    212 West Gay Street
    West Chester, PA 19380