Marcel S. Pratt

Partner He / Him / His
Philadelphia

Marcel S. Pratt represents clients in high-stakes litigation and investigations and serves as the Managing Partner of the firm's Philadelphia office. He is the immediate past City Solicitor of Philadelphia, where he was the City's highest-ranking lawyer and leader of its 330-member Law Department, which represented the city in all litigation, transactional, regulatory, social services, and legislative matters. In that role, Marcel acted as general counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and all city departments, commissions, and agencies and personally represented the City in highly publicized appellate and trial court matters.

Marcel's practice includes complex commercial litigation, antitrust and competition law, products liability, internal and government investigations, class actions, and First Amendment law. He also brings high-value affirmative and loss recovery litigation on behalf of corporations and governments. Marcel represents corporate clients in environment, social, and governance (ESG) related-litigation and advises on navigating disclosures involving sustainability, workforce composition, labor standards, board and management diversity, pay equity, and political activity.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Represented a health care data and analytics company in antitrust litigation against a competitor, involving allegations of unlawful monopolization through bundling, exclusive agreements, monopoly leveraging, and predatory hiring
  • Defended a pharmaceutical manufacturer in antitrust litigation involving allegations of monopolization related to the filing and settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent-infringement litigation
  • Counseled a global science company in multidistrict products liability litigation involving a chemical herbicide

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Bar Association: Chair, Business Law Section (2019), Business Law Section Executive Committee, Member (2013-2020); Business Litigation Committee, Co-Chair (2016-2019); Large Firm Management Committee, Firm Delegate (2013-2016)

National Bar Association, Deputy Regional Director for Region III (PA, NJ, DE) (past)

Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Executive Board (past)

Recognition & Accomplishments

Attorney of the Year Finalist, The Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Award (2021)

Barristers Association of Philadelphia, William F. Hall Award (2021)

Philadelphia Tribune, Most Influential African-Americans (2020, 2018)

Speaking Engagements

A Conversation with Top Philadelphia Officials, PBI, Nov. 20, 2020

Panelist, "BLSA: Past Achievements and Future Visions," Temple Univ. Law School, Feb. 26, 2020

Guest Speaker, AL DÍA Leaders Podcast, AL DÍA Newspaper, Feb. 6, 2020

Board Memberships & Community Service

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, board member

William Penn Foundation, board member

Project HOME, board member (2018 – present)

Temple University Beasley School of Law, member, Board of Visitors (2019 – present)

Publications

Co-author, "FTC's Hospital Merger Enforcement Hangs in the Balance," Law360, June 16, 2016

Co-author, "NCAA Scores Key Victory in Case Involving Paying Student Athletes," Philadelphia Business Journal, October 5, 2015

Co-author, "4 Trends in FTC Antitrust Regulation and Enforcement," Law360, August 25, 2014

Co-author, "Landmark Lawsuit Shapes NCAA and the Future of Student-Athlete Compensation," Philadelphia Business Journal, August 19, 2014

Credentials 

Education

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, (J.D. 2009)
Staff Member, Temple Law Review; Recipient, John F. Street Scholarship and Lena L. Hale Prize; Assignments Editor, Temple Prima Facie newspaper

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Economics, 2006)

Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania