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Marcel S. Pratt, City Solicitor

Marcel S. Pratt is the City Solicitor, the City of Philadelphia’s chief legal officer. He was appointed by the Mayor on March 9, 2018 and City Council unanimously confirmed his appointment on April 19, 2018. He manages the City’s Law Department, which comprises over 200 lawyers and 100 staff, and serves as counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and the City’s departments, agencies, and commissions. The Law Department provides legal representation for the City in matters involving federal, state, and local agency litigation, commercial and real estate transactions, tax, regulatory issues, social services, and legislation.

Prior to becoming City Solicitor, Marcel had served as Chair of the Litigation Group at the Law Department since August 2016. In that role, he managed the Litigation Group, which consists of approximately 70 lawyers across six units: Affirmative and General Litigation, Appeals, Civil Rights, Claims, Code Enforcement, and Labor and Employment. He oversaw the City’s most complex legal matters, served as lead counsel in significant litigation, and provided legal guidance to the City in creating legal policy and strategy.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Litigation Group, Marcel was a commercial litigator at Ballard Spahr LLP. He litigated antitrust matters involving claims of monopolization, conspiracy, price discrimination, and other forms of anticompetitive and exclusionary conduct. His practice also included class action defense, false advertising, and intellectual property licensing disputes. In addition to his litigation practice, Marcel advised private and public companies on the antitrust implications of large mergers and acquisitions and aided clients in obtaining premerger clearance from the federal government.

Marcel spent the first year of his legal career in the Civil Rights Unit of the Law Department.

Marcel is a lifelong Philadelphian. He earned his economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is also an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

Marcel S. Pratt