James S. Tupitza  was born in Erie, PA. In 1976, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 1981 he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals (Third Circuit).  In 1988 he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and in 1990 before U.S. Tax Court. Read More…


Joel S. Todd (Jay) of Counsel

 

Jay is an attorney in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with over 26 years of legal experience.

After graduating from law school in 1991, he clerked for a trial judge for one year in York County, Pennsylvania.  During that time, he also taught a legal research and writing class at a paralegal school in York. He began the private practice of law in 1992.  He has extensive experience in the following practice areas: real estate, business law, creditors’ rights, foreclosure, judgment collection, wills & trusts, estate administration, and civil litigation.

Through the years, he has represented numerous banks and other financial institutions, small and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, landlords & tenants, contractors, real estate investors & developers, and professionals such as lawyers, doctors, architects, and engineers.  Since the practice of law is first and foremost a business, he is always focused on finding practical, cost-effective solutions for clients.

Consistent with our rapid global transformation to a digital economy, he is seeing more technology-related legal issues arise every day, especially in the area of data privacy/protection and cybersecurity law.  Several states have data privacy laws, and Congress is in the process of considering national data privacy legislation.   More and more businesses are realizing that they can no longer afford to ignore data privacy compliance issues, so they are turning to their attorneys for guidance.  In order to better serve clients with this pressing need, he is in the process of pursuing the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certification, which is offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Jay lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with my wife and best friend, Lihong.  He has two children, a stepson named Patrick and a cat named Garfield.  Since he has lived in the Philadelphia region since early childhood, the Phillies and Eagles are in his DNA.  He also likes to ski and travel with his wife.

     

   Ronald M. Agulnick,  of counsel

Ron is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been active in drafting important parts of the Land Use enabling Acts that regulate land use in Pennsylvania. He has worked on the Legislative Task Forces established by the Pennsylvania Legislature to draft and revise state land use statutes. He has served on the Legal Action Committee and Litigation Oversight Subcommittees of the National Association of Home Builders for more than 25 years.  He is well known and well respected in the field of land use regulation, and generally represents the land owner in enforcing and protecting their property rights against excessive governmental intrusion.

The environmental work he does is in normally in connection with land use and real estate development work. Almost all of his cases involve state and environmental aspects in obtaining governmental approvals for development, including flood plain issues, wetlands, endangered species, water quality, dredge and fill regulations, NPDES permitting, etc.

He has held Martindale Hubble’s highest rating (Av) for more than 25 years. He is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and various other professional organizations such as the education programs of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, the the Professional Engineers and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.  He teaches Advanced Land Use at the Villanova Law School.

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