Thomas A. Tupitza

Thomas A. Tupitza: Attorney with Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Mr. Tupitza advises clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors on finance, real estate and governance matters. A past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, he is active as bond counsel in tax-exempt financing transactions. His real estate practice includes significant involvement with condominiums, and he is a licensed title insurance agent in Pennsylvania and New York. He has served as the firm's President since 2007.

Awards & Honors: Four-Way Test Award, Rotary Club of Erie (2017); Selected as The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area for Public Finance Law (2015) and Land use and Zoning Law (2016); Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Public Finance Law, 2012-2017, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2015-2017 and Health Care Law, 2016-2017); Excellence Award, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, 2011; Everyday Leader Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2007; Included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (Bonds & Government Finance), 2004; Westminster College Alumni Citation, 1998

Community & Professional Service: UPMC Hamot, Chair; UPMC, Director; Westminster College, Board of Trustees, (Past Chair); Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Vice Chair; United Way of Erie County, Director; The Partnership for Erie's Public Schools, Director; Erie's Public Schools, Financial Advisory Team; Warner Theatre Preservation Trust, Director; Rotary Club of Erie, Member; Robert H. Jackson, Ambassador; American Law Institute, Consultative Groups: Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations; Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property; Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations; Principles of the Law, Government Ethics.

American Bar Foundation (Fellow); Pennsylvania Bar Foundation (Fellow).

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Public Finance
  • Health Care
  • Tax Exempt Finance
  • Tax Exempt Bonds
  • Industrial Development Bonds
  • Hospital Law
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Condominium Law
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Title Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
814-315-3653  Phone
814-453-4530  Fax
University Attended:
Westminster College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; 1982, Pennsylvania; 2014, New York
Erie County, Pennsylvania (Member, Access to Justice Committee), New York and American Bar Associations.
Special Agencies:
Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, Past President; National Association of Bond Lawyers; American Health Lawyers Association; American Law Institute (Elected Member; Participant, Consultative Groups on Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and Principles of Government Ethics)
Birth Information:
Erie, Pennsylvania, November 7, 1957
Acting as local counsel in the integration of a regional health care system with a large university-affiliated global health enterprise; Acting as bond counsel for a $38 million critical access hospital project; Representing the owner in an aggregate $119 million in tax-exempt financing for a student housing project; Representing the developer in an $80 million refinancing of several hotel and resort properties; Acting as bond counsel to a school district in over $90 million of financing.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Other - Check
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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