Land Development

Real Estate law is an important focus of our Firm, the heart of which is transactional work, zoning/land use, and development.  An extensive and knowledgeable background enables us to handle projects and closings ranging from the large and extremely complex down to the small and straightforward.  Our goal encompasses not only providing legal assistance on real estate related matters, but also augmenting that advice with practical, experienced-based recommendations. All of our attorneys and paralegals are significantly involved in a wide spectrum of real estate issues on a daily basis, each striving to leverage valuable client time and resources.


Our advanced and development-related services include:

  • Subdivision and land development entitlements/approvals, including submissions to vest rights
  • Complex rezonings; we have handled numerous rezonings involving commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential lands totaling thousands of acres
  • Represent landowners, developers, REITs, shopping center owners, investors, builders, large national retailers, and warehousing concerns
  • Design, draft documents for, and establish condominiums and planned community structures for industrial, commercial, and residential uses, including master condominiums, as well as traditional condominiums
  • Drafting and review of detailed transactional documents
  • Representation in landlord-tenant relationships
  • Drafting and review of complex declarations of easements, covenants, restrictions, and design guidelines
  • Drafting and review of construction contracts; handling of construction disputes
  • Drafting and review of ground leases
  • Tax assessment appeals for projects with single values in tens of millions of dollars
  • Eminent domain/condemnation, both inverse and by declaration
  • Ordinance drafting
  • Quiet title actions and private road actions
  • Regulatory permits/approvals and disputes, particularly involving PennDOT, DEP, local conservation districts, and other state agencies
  • We remain comfortable acting in a support role or in taking charge as “quarterback” of the development team which includes the developer, investors, engineers, landscape architect, architect, and other consultants and contractors

For additional information about Real Estate services, we invite you to contact us.