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 graduated from law school in May of 1991 and passed both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams later that year.  He started his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Richard Horn in York County, PA in 1991-92.  During my clerkship, I taught a legal research and writing course to paralegals. 

Jay has a broad range of civil legal experience, and he currently concentrates in the areas of Real Estate Creditors’ Rights, Estate Planning, and Small Business Law.  Most of his practice involves Pennsylvania legal matters, but occasionally I handle New Jersey cases also.       



   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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