Marie K. McConnell

Marie K. McConnell

Shareholder

Commercial Real Estate • Corporate Governance and Business Law • Business Reorganization and Entity Restructuring • Nonprofit Organizations, Affiliations and Exemptions • Tax Assessment Appeals & Property Tax Exemptions • Taxation

Marie K. McConnell is a shareholder in the Firm’s Corporate, Business & Banking Group. Her practice focuses on commercial transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, entity restructures, charter schools, nonprofit mergers 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. She is dedicated, driven and highly responsive.

Ms. McConnell brings the same passion which she serves her clients to the Firm and the Lehigh Valley community. She has been a member of FLB’s Finance Committee since 2014, the Marketing Committee since 2015, and the Human Resources Committee since 2016. She was honored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the inaugural “Future Business Leader of the Lehigh Valley” in 2013. In addition, her peers recognized her as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in each of the past five years, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40. She has served as the Secretary of the Lehigh Valley chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) since 2015, an organization in which she has been active since 2010. Ms. McConnell has also served as a member of the Phoebe Ministries Audit, Finance and Investment Committee since 2014.

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


Education

 
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., cum laude, 2005
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., taxation, 2009

Bar Admissions

 
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Organizations

 
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Honors & Affiliations

 
  • 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, 2012-2017
  • Named a “Select Lawyer” in:
    • Business/Commercial Law, Contracts Law, Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals Law and Taxation Law, 2014
    • Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals Law, 2015 – 2016
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal “20 Under 40” Award, 2011

Projects & Accomplishments

 
  • Legal counsel to local and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, universities, and charter schools. Representation includes restructuring, mergers and affiliations, and supporting organizations.
  • Handling of tax exemption hearings and trials for nonprofit organizations.
  • Representation of residential, commercial, industrial and public utility taxpayers in the appeal of real estate tax assessments, including in class actions. Appearances include local assessment authorities, the Courts of Common Pleas and Pennsylvania’s appeal courts.
  • Representation of taxpayers in various tax matters, including income tax,  domicile issues and gross receipts tax matters. Regularly appear before the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Board of Appeals, Board of Finance and Revenue and Commonwealth Court.

 

Community Activity

 
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Lehigh Valley, Secretary, 2015 – present; Member, 2010 – present
  • Audit, Finance and Investment Committee, Phoebe Ministries, Member, 2014 – present
  • Allentown School District Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 2011 – present
  • Volunteer Leadership Council- Lehigh Valley Unit, American Cancer Society East Central Division, Former Member