Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, Jr. is a founding member and shareholder of the Firm and is recognized as one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s premier land use and development attorneys. In addition to land use and development, Mr. Fitzpatrick’s practice includes real estate, zoning and subdivision, commercial transactions, and general business representation. He has led clients’ development teams in advancing major commercial, industrial and residential projects including large regional corporate centers, office parks, retail and lifestyle centers, delivery and fulfillment operations, quarry and materials facilities, manufacturing communications installations and warehousing and distribution centers. Mr. Fitzpatrick handles the permitting and development of single family home subdivisions, condominiums, and multifamily housing. He represents private interests regarding claims, negotiations and entitlements matters with governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels, and actively represents land owners in eminent domain situations.
Mr. Fitzpatrick serves on the Board of Directors for Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a bipartisan, public-private sector organization, co-chaired by the Governor, which endeavors to enhance economic development, technology and manufacturing opportunities, and job creation in Pennsylvania. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Sacred Heart Healthcare Systems in Allentown, and is a Trustee of the philanthropic Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation. His professional experience and leadership on major project teams has created a strong network of relationships, enhancing the ability of Mr. Fitzpatrick and the Firm to deal successfully with governmental and municipal bodies, elected and appointed officials, business leaders and real estate and development professionals.
Significant Case Decisions
The owners of Plaza at 835 West Hamilton Street brought an eminent domain proceeding against the City of Allentown, arguing that the City caused them to lose a major tenant and default on their mortgage. As a consequence, the building owner claimed that they suffered a “taking” of their property for which they sought “just […]
A Lehigh County jury found in favor of the City of Allentown, in a case stemming from a slip and fall on a City street. Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields represented the City during the two-day trial. The plaintiff claimed that she tripped and fell on a crack in a street resulting in permanent injury and […]
Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. wishes the best of luck to all the women participating in the Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley She Nailed It! competition. The Firm is proud to have four attorneys competing for a second year as the “Hammers of Justice”. This year’s team includes: Maraleen D. Shields, shareholder in the Firm’s […]