Chamber Names Lance Nelson Outstanding Citizen
The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Lance Nelson, a partner in the law firm of MacElree Harvey, as its 2008 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The award, given annually since 1948, will be presented during the Chamber's annual banquet on February 3, 2009 at The Mendenhall Inn.
Lance was a natural choice to receive the award given his outstanding leadership to numerous organizations, according to Jackie Van Grofski, the Chamber's 1999 Outstanding Citizen and a member of the nominating committee.
"Even when he is not in a leadership position, Lance works quietly for the benefit of the greater West Chester community," she said. "He is bright and articulate and has the ability to cut right to the heart of a matter.
A native of Cape Cod, Mass., Lance grew up in Branford, Conn. After graduating from Boston College, where he majored in economics and political science, he went on to Villanova University School of Law and was admitted to the Delaware and Pennsylvania bars in 1991. He joined MacElree Harvey shortly thereafter, becoming a director of the firm in 1998 and managing partner in 2001. His primary practice areas include commercial litigation and family law.
In addition to focusing on his busy practice, Lance contributes his time to many community and law-related organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Chester County (1998-2000), and continues to serve on the Presidential Scholarship Steering Committee for West Chester University (2000-present, Chairman 2001-2002) and the Board of the West Chester Downtown Foundation (2006-present).
Lance has been a member of the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID) Board since 2001 and served as its chair in 2004.
"I've never known Lance to shy away from any issue," said Malcolm Johnstone, executive director of the BID. "He has provided valuable insights to items both big and small and has freely given his time to the organization despite his busy schedule."
Lance has been a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board's Hearing Committee since 2001. In addition to serving Pennsylvania State Bar Association, he has also gives his time to the Chester County Bar Association, serving as its secretary in 2007 and on numerous committees since joining MacElree Harvey.
"I am truly humbled to receive this award," Lance said. "The GWCCC is a fantastic advocate for West Chester and the business community and I am always happy to help out in whatever manner I can. I am truly fortunate that my family and my firm, MacElree Harvey, give me the freedom to take the time to participate in the West Chester community."
He and his wife, Caroline, live in West Chester Borough with their five children.