Our Team- Real Estate Lawyers, Pipeline Lawyers, Litigation Lawyers.

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.       


Joseph P. D’Alonzo, II    Joe has joined us to enhance our trial team.  He will work from our West Chester offices and new offices to be opened in Media,  PA.  Joe has many years of significant trial experience in both criminal and civil law. His experience includes countless jury and bench trials.  He has practiced law for 10 years in Pennsylvania, 5 of which were with the Delaware County Public Defender’s Office.  Joe has been designated as a Super Lawyer, and was named a Rising Star in both 2016 and 2017. Main Line Today Magazine named him #1 in criminal law. The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys has ranked him in the top 10 of lawyers under the age of 40.  For 2017 he was awarded a Lawyers of Distinction designation.  The America Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys named him to the top 10 best for Client Satisfaction (2016 and 2017).  He has been named to the writing faculty for an upcoming Pa Bar Institute Course entitled Construction Defect Litigation. 

He is admitted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  His areas of practice have been *Personal Injury * Civil Litigation * Land Use & Zoning * Tax Assessments Appeals * Criminal Law and * Real Estate

His law degree is from California Western School of Law in SanDiego, CA, and his undergraduate degree is from Clemson University in Clemson,  South Carolina.  In his spare time, Joe coaches girls lacrosse.


   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 Advance Land Use at the Villanova Law School.