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Philadelphia, PA 19102-1595

Macel S. Pratt, Acting City Solicitor

Marcel S. Pratt is the Acting City Solicitor, the City of Philadelphia’s chief legal officer. 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 represents the City, its officials, and employees in all litigation, code enforcement, corporate, regulatory, tax, real estate, legislative, and social services matters.

Prior to being appointed by the Mayor as Acting City Solicitor effective March 9, 2018, 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 guidance to the City in creating legal policy and strategy.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Litigation Group in August 2016, Marcel was a commercial litigator at Ballard Spahr LLP. His practice included antitrust litigation (plaintiff and defense), 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. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Marcel was an attorney in the Civil Rights Unit of the Law Department.

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