The Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew in West Chester, Pennsylvania offers quality legal counsel to individuals, families and businesses in matters related to family law, personal injury law, civil law and litigation , real estate, and wills, trusts and estates. We have extensive knowledge and experience in these areas and strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our clients. Learn more about our team below.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Chester County, Deirdre Agnew graduated cum laude from Dickinson College in 1988 with degrees in History and English. After earning her law degree cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 1991, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles B. Smith, Common Pleas Court, Chester County until 1992. From 1992 until 1994, Deirdre was law clerk to the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Smith. She joined the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company as associate counsel in 1994, a position she retained until 1996. Deirdre founded the Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew in December 1996.
- Pennsylvania, 1991
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2000
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
- J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1991
- B.A., cum laude, Dickinson College, 1988
- Family Reunited— In 2011, Deirdre helped reunite a Mexican couple with their U.S.-born daughters after the parents were deported to Mexico and Chester County Children Youth and Families sought to terminate their parental rights. Since the parents could not travel to the United States to testify, Deirdre arranged for them to appear in court via Skype™ (online conferencing). The case was widely covered by the media as the first use of such technology for testimony in U.S. courts. In July 2011 the parents were awarded custody of their daughters. The children were brought to Mexico where they were reunited with their parents.
- BROWN v. MUHLENBERG TOWNSHIP, Kim BROWN; David Brown, H/W, Appellants, v. MUHLENBERG TOWNSHIP — Deirdre brought suit on behalf of the dog owners against a Muhlenberg Township police officer who shot and killed a family dog in an unprovoked incident. This was the first appellate level case in Pennsylvania that ever recognized intentional infliction of emotional distress for the death of a pet. The court also recognized a civil rights case against the officer under the 4th Amendment for seizure of property.
- Chester County Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, Master
As a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew, Valarie Fry is often the first person clients speak with when they call the firm. She plays an integral role in our success by helping to ensure clients receive personal and professional service in a timely manner. Valarie joined the Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew in 2003. She has been a Pennsylvania Notary Public since 2006.
Prior to joining the firm, Valarie served in various administrative roles to high-level executives, including:
- Office Manager, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 1995 to 2003
- Administrative Assistant to Partner in Charge of Tax, Ernst & Young, 1975 to 1978
- Administrative Assistant to CFO, INA, 1972 to 1975
Contact the Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew today
At the Law Offices of Deirdre A. Agnew in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we understand the stress involved in dealing with legal issues. We provide personal service and comprehensive legal counsel to each and every client. If you or a loved one is facing a challenging legal situation related to personal injury, family law, civil law and litigation, real estate, or wills, trusts and estates law, we can help. Contact us online or at 610.738.4800 to discuss your case.