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

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. 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 the Firm’s Executive Committee beginning in 2019, the Compensation Committee since 2017, the Human Resources Committee since 2016, the Marketing Committee since 2015 and the Finance Committee since 2014. 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” each year since 2012, a designation awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40. She is one of five Delegates of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) appointed to the national CREW Network Nominating Committee in 2019. In this role she will be tasked with selecting candidates for service on the national CREW Network Board of Directors. She has been active in the local chapter of the organization since 2010.

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

 
  • 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 Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, 2012-2018
  • 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

 
  • Representation of public, private, and institutional clients with respect to every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, construction, and utilization.
  • 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) Network, Nomination Committee, Member, 2019
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Lehigh Valley, Member, 2010 – present; Secretary, 2015 – 2018; Delegate, 2019 – Present
  • 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