Marcel S. Pratt (he/him) 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 serves as general counsel to the Mayor and his Administration, City Council, and all City departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. He manages the City’s Law Department, which employs over 215 lawyers and over 100 professional staff. The Law Department’s diverse legal practice covers federal, state, and local agency litigation, commercial and real estate transactions, tax, regulatory law, social services, and legislation.
Prior to becoming City Solicitor, Marcel served as Chair of the Litigation Group at the Law Department since August 2016. In that role, he managed the 70-lawyer Litigation Group, oversaw the City’s most complex legal matters, and served as lead counsel in high-stakes litigation.
Marcel spent most of his career as a commercial litigator at the national law firm Ballard Spahr LLP. His practice focused on antitrust litigation 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, he advised private and public companies on the antitrust implications of large mergers and acquisitions and aided clients in obtaining pre-merger clearance from the federal government. He authored articles and frequently spoke on antitrust issues, including municipal recovery under the antitrust laws and trends in regulatory enforcement. He was also a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and its Diversity Council.
Marcel spent the first year of his legal career in a fellowship with the Civil Rights Unit of the Law Department.
Marcel is a lifelong Philadelphian; he grew up in West Philadelphia. He earned his economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a member of the Temple Law Review. He is also an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.