Marie K. McConnell

Marie K. McConnell

Chair - Corporate, Business & Banking

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 • Mergers & Acquisitions • Charter Schools

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

Ms. McConnell brings the same passion with which she serves her clients to the Lehigh Valley community and the Firm itself. She is currently serving as 2021 President of CREW Lehigh Valley, a 100+ member organization of professional women in the commercial real estate industry. Additionally, she is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee as well as its Compensation, Finance, Human Resource and Marketing Committees.

In 2019, Ms. McConnell was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman of Influence. In addition, her peers have recognized her as a “Super Lawyer – Pennsylvania Rising Star” each year since 2012, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania under 40. She was also recognized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the inaugural “Future Business Leader of the Lehigh Valley” in 2013.

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

Projects & Accomplishments

 
  • Representation of public, private and institutional clients with respect to every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, construction and utilization.
  • 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.
  • Legal counsel to local and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, universities, and charter schools. Representation includes restructuring, mergers, affiliations and supporting organizations.
  • Handling of tax exemption hearings and trials on behalf of nonprofit organizations.
  • Representation of taxpayers in various tax matters, including income tax, domicile issues and gross receipts tax matters. Regularly appears before the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Board of Appeals, Board of Finance and Revenue and Commonwealth Court.

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
  • CREW Lehigh Valley, President, 2021; President-Elect, 2020; Delegate, 2019; Secretary, 2015 – 2018; Member, 2010 – present
  • CREW Network, Nomination Committee, Member, 2019

Honors & Affiliations

 
  • Named a Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business, 2019
  • Inaugural “Future Business Leader” of the Lehigh Valley Award, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, 2012-Present
  • 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 – 2017
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal “20 Under 40” Award, 2011

Community Activity

 
  • Phoebe Ministries, Audit, Finance and Investment Committee, Member, 2014 – 2019
  • Allentown School District Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2011 – 2017; Governance Committee, 2011 – 2018
  • Volunteer Leadership Council- Lehigh Valley Unit, American Cancer Society East Central Division, Former Member