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Marie K. McConnell - Allentown, PA

645 West Hamilton StreetSuite 800 Allentown, PA 18101

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Updated: 02/09/2023



Marie K. McConnell is a shareholder and Chair of the Firm's Corporate, Business & Banking Group. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, entity restructures, charter schools, for-profit and nonprofit mergers and acquisitions and organizational issues. She also has significant experience in counseling clients with respect to tax exemptions and tax assessment appeals.


Marie K. McConnell is a shareholder and Chair of the Firm's Corporate, Business & Banking Group. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, entity restructures, charter schools, for-profit and nonprofit mergers and acquisitions and organizational issues. She also has significant experience in counseling clients with respect to tax exemptions and tax assessment appeals.

Ms. McConnell merges an undergraduate background in economics and an LL.M. in taxation into her legal practice, resulting in thoughtful, business-oriented solutions that fit each client's goals. She is a trusted advisor to her clients and values the personal relationships she has built over the years. Ms. McConnell is dedicated, driven and highly responsive.

Ms. McConnell brings the same passion with which she serves her clients to the Lehigh Valley community and the Firm itself. She is currently serving as 2022 Past-President of CREW Lehigh Valley, the local 100+ member chapter of a 12,000 member global organization dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women. Additionally, she is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee as well as its Compensation, Hiring and Retention Committees.

In 2019, Ms. McConnell was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman of Influence. In addition, her peers have recognized her as a "Super Lawyer - Pennsylvania Rising Star" each year since 2012, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania under 40. She was also recognized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the inaugural "Future Business Leader of the Lehigh Valley" in 2013.

She is local to the area, having grown up in Allentown.

About Marie K. McConnell

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder
  • Chair - Corporate, Business & Banking

Practice Areas


Representative Clients

  • Representation with respect to every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, construction and utilization
  • Legal counsel to local and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and universities. Representation includes restructuring, mergers, affiliations and supporting organizations
  • Solicitor to multiple Charter Schools. Representation includes obtaining and renewing charters, governance, financing, facilities, and contract matters
  • Defense of charitable status with respect to tax challenges and handling of tax exemption hearings and trials on behalf of nonprofit organizations
  • Representation of taxpayers in various tax matters, including income tax, domicile issues and gross receipts tax matters. Regularly appears before the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Board of Appeals, Board of Finance and Revenue and Commonwealth Court


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • CREW Lehigh Valley, Past-President, 2022; President, 2021; President-Elect, 2020; Delegate, 2019; Secretary, 2015 – 2018; Member, 2010 – present
  • CREW Network, Nomination Committee, Member, 2019

Classes and Seminars

  • Webinar Speaker, Maintaining Hospital Nonprofit Status, HealthCare Appraisers, November 17, 2020
  • Panelist, Navigating the New Normal – Professional Services Webinar, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Ladies Speakers Series, May 27, 2020
  • Speaker, Project Blueprint, Increasing Ethnic Diversity in Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, annually 2015 – present
  • Speaker, LEAD Now, Understanding Board Service, Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, annually 2018 – present
  • Speaker, Legal Structures for Your Business, Including Benefits of a B-Corp, Evolve Her September 13, 2018
  • Speaker, Corporate Boot Camp, Client Seminar, September 23, 2014
  • Speaker, Real Estate for the Health Care Industry: Tax Assessments & Tax Exemptions, Client Seminar, April 23, 2014
  • Speaker, Ryan Leadership Institute, De Sales University, March 18, 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Phoebe Ministries, Audit, Finance and Investment Committee, Member, 2014 – 2019
  • Allentown School District Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2011 – 2017; Governance Committee, 2011 – 2018
  • Volunteer Leadership Council- Lehigh Valley Unit, American Cancer Society East Central Division, Former Member


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2009
    LL.M., Taxation
  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Muhlenberg College, 2005
    Honors: cum laude


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Office Information


645 West Hamilton StreetSuite 800 Allentown, PA 18101


  • 610-797-6663

Office Hours

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


Other Sources of Feedback About Marie K. McConnell

Included on the 2023 Pennsylvania list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Marie K. McConnell on Super Lawyers


  • Inaugural “Future Business Leader” of the Lehigh Valley Award, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, 2012-2018
  • Named a “Select Lawyer” in Business/Commercial Law, Contracts Law, Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals Law and Taxation Law, 2014
  • Named a “Select Lawyer” in Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals Law, 2015 – 2017
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal “20 Under 40” Award, 2011
  • Named a Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business, 2019

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