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Joseph A. Fitzpatrick Jr. - Allentown, PA

645 West Hamilton StreetSuite 800 Allentown, PA 18101

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Updated: 02/09/2023

Allentown REAL ESTATE, LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT Lawyer

Overview

Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, Jr. is a founding member and shareholder of the Firm and is recognized as one of Eastern Pennsylvania's premier land use and development attorneys. In addition to land use and development, Mr. Fitzpatrick's practice includes real estate, zoning and subdivision, commercial transactions, and general business representation...
Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, Jr. is a founding member and shareholder of the Firm and is recognized as one of Eastern Pennsylvania's premier land use and development attorneys. In addition to land use and development, Mr. Fitzpatrick's practice includes real estate, zoning and subdivision, commercial transactions, and general business representation. He has led clients' development teams in advancing major commercial, industrial and residential projects including large regional corporate centers, office parks, retail and lifestyle centers, delivery and fulfillment operations, quarry and materials facilities, manufacturing communications installations and warehousing and distribution centers. Mr. Fitzpatrick handles the permitting and development of single family home subdivisions, condominiums, and multifamily housing. He represents private interests regarding claims, negotiations and entitlements matters with governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels, and actively represents land owners in eminent domain situations.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is a Board member for the philanthropic Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, based in Harrisburg. He is a Trustee on the Board of DeSales University in Pennsylvania. His professional experience and leadership on major project teams has created a strong network of relationships, enhancing the ability of Mr. Fitzpatrick and the Firm to deal successfully with governmental and municipal bodies, elected and appointed officials, business leaders and real estate and development professionals.

Mr. Fitzpatrick served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a bipartisan, public-private sector organization, co-chaired by the Governor, which endeavors to enhance economic development, technology and manufacturing opportunities, and job creation in Pennsylvania. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Sacred Heart Healthcare Systems in Allentown for over a decade.

About Joseph A. Fitzpatrick Jr.

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder
  • Founder

Practice Areas

  • REAL ESTATE, LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT
  • PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE
  • CORPORATE, BUSINESS & BANKING
  • EMINENT DOMAIN
  • TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS & PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

Representative Clients

  • Air Products & Chemicals, Incorporated
  • Eastern Industries, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Power & Light Company
  • Stabler Land Company
  • Toll Brothers, Inc.
  • U.S. Generating Company
  • Vanguard Cellular Systems/Cellular One
  • Successfully represented development of national developer’s multi-use, 500 acre project at Lehigh Valley International Airport
  • Handled the permitting, development and build-out of the 1,800 acre Stabler Corporate Center, Lehigh Valley, PA
  • Successfully appealed and resolved condemnation cases by government on behalf of restaurants, industrial users, developers, and large landowners
  • Multiple high-end retail and shopping facilities, including The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley lifestyle center, Wegmans Food Markets, major chain convenience stores, and “big box” national retailers
  • Successfully appealed or resolved tax assessment appeals for major national and regional corporations, as well as condominium communities, and individual commercial and residential properties, class actions
  • Handles governmental challenges and land use actions affecting commercial, industrial and residential uses, including dealing with federal, state and local agencies

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Other Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Lehigh County (Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (Member)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Team Pennsylvania Foundation (public/private Statewide Economic Development Foundation), Board of Directors/Executive Committee, 2016 – Present
  • Donald B. and Dorothy Stabler Foundation (philanthropic board serving central and Lehigh Valley, PA), Board of Directors, 2016 – Present
  • Donald B. and Dorothy Stabler Foundation (philanthropic board serving central and Lehigh Valley, PA), Board of Directors, 2016 – Present
  • Sacred Heart Healthcare Systems, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, 2006 – 2018
  • Phantoms Charities (handicapped initiatives, youth sports, fitness and education), Founding Director, 2013 – Present
  • Provident Bank, Advisory Council (PA), 2013 – 2019; Team Capital Bank, 2005 – 2013

Past Positions

  • Lehigh County, Assistant County Solicitor, 1986 - 1988

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1980
    J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1977
    B.A.
    Honors: magna cum laude

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

645 West Hamilton StreetSuite 800 Allentown, PA 18101

Fax

  • 610-797-6663

Office Hours

8:30 - 5:00 (M-Th); 8:00 - 4:30 (F)

Achievements

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Included on the 2024 Pennsylvania list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Joseph A. Fitzpatrick Jr. on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell Lawyers’ Rating “AV® Preeminent™,” highest professional ranking
  • “Best Lawyers in America” designation, 2015 – Present
  • Named a “Select Lawyer” in Construction Law, Eminent Domain Law, Government/Cities/Municipalities Law, Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals Law, and Real Estate, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Development Law, 2014
  • Named a “Select Lawyer” in Eminent Domain Law and Real Estate, Zoning, Planning and Land Use Development Law, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 11 consecutive years
  • “Best of Attorneys” by Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal, 2011
  • “Top Rated Lawyer” for Land Use and Zoning, Energy Law, Environmental Law, by American Lawyer Media, 2013
  • “Person of the Year” by the March of Dimes Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Awards Committee, 2010
  • “Community Leader of the Year” by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 2010

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