About Mackenzie

Candidate for Magisterial District 15-1-02

Deep Ties to the Community

I am a wife, mother, stepmother, and practicing attorney.  I was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and first moved to Birmingham Township, Chester County, in 1997.  After graduating from high school, I attended Tulane University in Louisiana, graduating in 2005, and then Middlebury College in Vermont, where I received a master’s degree the following year.  I studied abroad at the University of Florence, Italy, for two years during my undergraduate and graduate studies.  Living in New Orleans and Florence was thrilling, but after being away for several years, I couldn’t wait to return home to attend law school.  I purchased my first home — in Willistown Township, Chester County — during my first year of law school nearly 15 years ago and have lived in this community ever since.

Professional Background

Since graduating from Temple Law School at the top of my class in 2009, I have handled many types of cases, ranging from child welfare to criminal prosecutions to complex commercial litigation.  I have practiced in every level of court in both the Pennsylvania court system and the federal court system (including the U.S. Supreme Court), and have handled preliminary hearings, jury trials, appeals, and everything in between.  I understand that each step in the legal process is equally important to preserving the integrity of our judicial system and ensuring stability in the law, which ultimately allows citizens to reach their highest potential.  It is this legal training, broad experience, and understanding of our constitutional system that make me the best candidate to understand every type of case that will come before me as district judge.

Commitment to My Neighbors

Above all, it is my deep commitment to our community and the people who call it home that calls me to serve as District Judge.  As an avid runner, I have logged between 10 and 35 miles in the East Goshen Township Park and on the Chester Valley Trail nearly every week since 2007, waving to countless fellow joggers and walkers along the way.  I spent several years riding the Great Valley Flyer from Paoli train station every weekday and as many years attending peewee soccer games at Greentree Park and General Wayne Elementary.  I am lucky to enjoy Sunday afternoons hiking around Okehocking Preserve with our family dog and evenings savoring a meal at one of the wonderful restaurants in our area.  I take the “back way” on Dutton Mill Road or Jaffrey Road whenever possible, just because. 

There is nothing I want more than for every person who lives, works, or passes through our community to be able to enjoy it as much as I do.  The best way I can do that is by serving as District Judge and presiding over a courtroom where the facts and the law matter, where each person is treated with equal dignity, and where all claims and defenses are adjudicated impartially. 

I am dedicated to my family, my community, and the law. I will serve with dedication and humility if elected to be your district judge.

  •  As a former prosecutor in the Chester County District Attorney's Office, oversaw cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felony offenses

  • As a defense attorney, represented all types of parties, from Fortune 500 companies to newborn babies born into the foster care system

  • Experience arguing cases at all levels of the judicial system, from magisterial district courts to the United States Supreme Court

  • Deep knowledge of the law as it pertains to traffic citations, restraining orders, contract disputes, and other types of cases commonly brought before the district court