Position: Legal Counsel
Brief Biography: Mr. Lehr was an original member of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School before becoming the school’s legal counsel in 2004. He has long had an interest and involvement in community and public affairs, and shares this school’s vision of the many benefits of school choice and cyber education.
Education: Doctor of Law degree, Dickinson School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, New York University
Work Experience: Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1980, Mr. Lehr was a staff attorney for a public interest law center serving disabled and disadvantaged individuals and engaged in the private practice of law in Philadelphia. Mr. Lehr has been practicing law in Chester County for over 20 years and reside in Willistown Township. He has a general practice with a concentration on municipal and school law, business law and real estate law.
Community Activity: Mr. Lehr’s practice includes extensive pro bono services to various community and civic organizations. Mr. Lehr has demonstrated his long-standing commitment to community revitalization, historic preservation and economic development through his participation in the efforts of individuals and organizations to achieve these objectives.
While practicing law in West Chester, Mr. Lehr represented the Citizens Business Alliance (CBA), a West Chester association devoted to community and economic improvement, in its efforts to ensure retail uses in the Borough’s Bicentennial parking garage on South High Street. Mr. Lehr was also instrumental in the CBA’s cooperative effort to modify the siting and design of the new Justice Center planned by the County of Chester, in order to address community and business district needs and ensure the viability of the new courthouse project for the needs of both the county and the West Chester community.
Mr. Lehr and PALCS CEO Dr. James Hanak founded the Brandywine Media Arts Corp. to promote educational, public and community access and programming on cable television outlets in the Delaware Valley.
Mr. Lehr also served on the West Chester Borough Planning Commission for several years before moving to Willistown.