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Richard C. DeFrancesco

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lancaster, PA

McDonald at Law
2150 Noll Drive, Suite 300
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-876-8282
Fax: 717-431-3106
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage
Attorney Profile

Richard C. Defrancesco is an attorney with McDonald at Law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A top-rated trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of total legal experience, Mr. Defrancesco provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Lancaster metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Motor vehicle collisions

· Personal injury

· Insurance bad faith

· Property defect claims

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Defrancesco has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of those who suffered a serious injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, and he has represented the rights and interests of many clients seeking their full and rightful benefits from their insurance companies. No stranger to litigation, he has gained a reputation as a fierce opponent in court as well as during negotiations, where he aggressively pursues the favorable outcomes his clients expect and deserve.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Defrancesco has earned consistent peer recognition as being among the top 5% of attorneys in his region, and he has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received degrees in criminology and criminal justice, Mr. Defrancesco attended Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001. While there, he was a member of the Environmental Law Journal, and he received recognition for his excellent academic achievements.

Mr. Defrancesco holds his license to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Defrancesco is former co-chair of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice's Insurance Bad Faith Section, and he remains an active member of the organization as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Chester County Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

About Richard C. DeFrancesco

First Admitted: 2001, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:


  • UIM Severance:  Bad Faith Continues to Take A Back Seat, May 2013 PA Justice News
  • High-Value UIM Bad Faith Case Provides Roadmap for Statutory Damages, January 2014 PA Justice News
  • Bad Faith Math: How $12,500 + 18 years + $3M = $21M Plus Interest, December 2014 PA Justice News
  • Beware the "Reasonable Pace of the Litigation" Defense, October 2013 PA Justice News
  • Don't Fear the "Bad Faith Set-Up" Defense, May 2014 PA Justice News

Educational Background

  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Honors Program, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey, Since 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania, Since 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Chester County Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, former Co-Chair Insurance Bad Faith Section

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer in Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program


  • , Best Attorneys of America, 2015
  • Member, Law Journal: Environmental Law Journal, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania - 2001
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014-2017
  • First Judicial District Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
  • First Judicial District Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013
  • First Judicial District Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015

Industry Groups

  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
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Office Location for Richard C. DeFrancesco

2150 Noll Drive
Suite 300
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-876-8282

Fax: 717-431-3106

Last Updated: 12/14/2021

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