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Kelly Jurs

Kelly Jurs

Former public defender with over 16 years of experience. Free Consultation!
  • Domestic Violence, Family Law, Criminal Law
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania
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Biography

Kelly A. Jurs is a dedicated legal advocate known for her ability to provide compassionate representation for clients experiencing upheaval in their lives. Whether a client is facing conflict within their own family, or even a criminal charge, Kelly ensures that her experience in the courtroom guides clients through the court system to the most beneficial outcomes.

With 15 years of litigation experience in the Chester County Court system, Kelly practices in Family Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators. She handles all aspects of family law including pre- and post-nuptial planning, divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, property settlement, and related litigation and mediation.

Criminal Defense is an important part of Kelly’s practice. She is qualified in Pennsylvania to serve as defense counsel on capital cases. She represents counsel in felony and misdemeanor cases, from the filing of a criminal complaint through trial and post-trial review, on issues ranging from DUI, Possession, Theft, Assault and Drug Trafficking to First-Degree Homicide. Kelly also handles plea negotiations, treatment court resolutions, probation and parole violations as well as juvenile court.

Before entering private practice, Kelly made sure every voice was heard as an attorney at the Chester County Public Defender’s Office. She handled all aspects of felony and misdemeanor cases from the preliminary hearing to trial and through all stages of state appellate review. She also served as first chair for numerous jury trials, including first-degree homicide and more than 15 other felony trials.

A member of the Chester County Bar Association, Kelly was a moderator for the West Chester Mayoral Candidate Policing Forum ahead of the Fall 2021 election and served as a co-panelist for the Continuing Legal Education course “How You Can Uniquely Contribute to Nonprofit Boards for Lawyers.” Kelly is active in public service and her community.

Practice Areas
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial 30 minute consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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3rd Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
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Practitioner in the Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Litigation Groups. Dedicated legal advocate with over 15 years of litigation experience, known for her ability to provide compassionate representation for clients experiencing upheaval in their lives. Whether a client is facing conflict within their own family, or even a criminal charge, Kelly ensures that her experience in the courtroom guides clients through the court system to the most beneficial outcomes.
Attorney
Private Firm
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Practitioner in the Business and Real Estate, as well as Family Law Groups. Handled a variety of matters relating to business and real estate, owner relationships, business formation, employment issues, real estate transactions, asset purchase agreements and trademark applications; represents individuals, businesses, public and private and non-profit entities; Handled a variety of family-law-related concerns in an efficient and empathetic manner, including pre-nuptial planning and agreements, post-nuptial agreements, divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, alimony, support, property settlement, and related litigation and mediation of issues.
Assistant Public Defender
Chester County Public Defender's Office
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Handled all aspects of felony and misdemeanor cases from the preliminary hearing to trial and through all stages of state appellate review; First chair for numerous jury trials, including first-degree homicide and over 15 other felony trials; Capital Counsel Qualified under Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 801
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. | Law, International Studies
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Immaculata College
B.A. (2000) | English
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Honors: cum laude; Immaculata Honor Society, Lambda Iota Tau Honor Society
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Awards
Chester County Top Lawyer
Daily Local News
Top Lawyer
Main Line Today
Five Star/Top Lawyer
Suburban Life Magazine
Top Ten Oralist in Eastern Region
Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
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Chester County Bar Association
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Activities: Membership Committee, Key Gala Committee, Stively Inn of Court, Board of Directors
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Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Commonwealth v. Harris: Superior Court Holds that Hearsay Isn't Enough
www.gawthrop.com
The State Drug Treatment Program: An Overview and How It Can Affect Your Client's Sentence
New Matter, Chester County Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Ethics in Addiction
Chester County Bar Association
Presented by three experts in the fields of addiction, law, and financial services. The experts will provide the audience with the latest information about addiction and how it impacts the brain, key takeaways for attorneys particularly in Chester County, and how fiduciaries work to protect their clients as well as their institutions with addiction.
The Importance of Serving on Non-Profit Organizations' Board of Directors, 2022 Spring Bench Bar Conference, The Desmond, Malvern, PA
Chester County Bar Association
Commonwealth v. Harris, A Discussion of the Superior Court's Ruling on the Use of Hearsay at a Preliminary Hearing, West Chester, PA
Chester County Bar Association
The CLE will cover the history of the case law on hearsay in Pennsylvania and how Harris has limited the prosecution’s use of hearsay at a preliminary hearing. I will discuss the impact of this decision on how defense attorneys approach cases where the Commonwealth has traditionally relied heavily on hearsay, such as sexual assault and abuse cases. I will also discuss how to address cases already past the preliminary hearing stage through pre-trial motions
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. How long does the court system have to bring you to court and sentence you for a criminal matter for 2019
A: The short answer is, 365 days from the date of the filing of a criminal complaint. However, this does not include what the law describes as "excludable time" which could be time in a diversionary treatment program or continuance requests by defense counsel for investigation and trial preparation. In addition, many of the criminal courts in Pennsylvania experienced a shut down of their trial schedules during COVID which may also count as excludable time. It is important to review any orders handed down in your particular county regarding pauses in the conduct of criminal trials during COVID. If you have not already, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to address your matter.
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Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
17 E Gay Street
Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19380
Telephone: (610) 696-8225