Jahlee J. Hatchett


    Jahlee is a member of the Professional Liability Department where he focuses his practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights, and municipal liability. Jahlee has represented public and private employers in wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and defamation claims from administrative proceedings through trial. In addition, Jahlee has provided guidance and advice to employers concerning employment-related matters.

    Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Jahlee was an Attorney Advisor for a municipal police department where he was accountable for their Office of Professional Responsibility. In that capacity, Jahlee guided the department on issues concerning labor relations, contract disputes, defensive litigation and internal affairs investigations and drafted policies and procedures. He also worked as a Prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. There, Jahlee prosecuted dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. In addition, he was assigned to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which investigated and prosecuted cases that involved public corruption and police misconduct. 

    Jahlee is the 2022-2023 President of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia. He sits on two non-profit boards including Philadelphia's Citizen Police Oversight Commission (CPOC) and the Board of Trustees for the Independence Charter School West. Jahlee was recognized by The Philadelphia Tribune as one of Philadelphia's most influential African Americans. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Philadelphia. 

    Jahlee received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, where he was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team. In addition, Jahlee was a part of Widener's Frederick Douglas Mock Trial team and won the Philadelphia regional competition.  Jahlee has a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership and graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He is currently admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  

    New Jersey
    Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
    Temple University (B.A., 2009)
    Saint Joseph's University (M.S., summa cum laude, 2021)
    Honors & awards
    Philadelphia Tribune's Most Influential African American
    Associations & memberships
    Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
    Citizen's Police Oversight Commission, Chair, 2022-present
    Independence Charter School West, Board of Trustees, 2022-present
    Philadelphia Bar Association, Board of Governors; member, Diversity in the Profession Committee
    Year joined