Kennett Square resident William Gallagher, a partner at MacElree Harvey and a 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, was recently honored by Surrey Services for Seniors with its Jeanne Molitor La Rouche Leadership Award.
Gallagher, a former captain in the Marine Corps who has been practicing law and serving the community for more than 50 years, received the award at the Devon-based nonprofit’s annual gala last weekend.
The award is named after Surrey’s founder and visionary leader, Jeanne Molitor La Rouche. It recognizes an individual who continues to pursue his or her passions and goals while modeling the attitudes and qualities of positive aging.
“As part of Surrey’s mission, we seek to honor those in the business community who are leaders in modeling positive aging through their work and community involvement,” said Bob Madonna, Surrey’s President and CEO. “Bill was a natural selection.”
Gallagher’s practice focuses on general litigation, personal injury, and professional malpractice cases, trusts and estates, and family law matters.
“It was a pleasure to receive an award for doing what I enjoy,” he said.
Gallagher currently serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and is a past president of the organization. He is also a member of the Chester County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services to the Public Committee. Additionally, Mr. Gallagher served as Board Chair for the Chester County Community Foundation from 2014-2016.
For 28 years, La Rouche was the driving force of the organization she formed to help older adults continue to be active members of the community.
“Surrey began in her house,” Madonna said of La Rouche. “In the years since Jeanne’s passing, we’ve worked to find a special way to honor her.”