With more than 15 years of experience as a transactional and zoning/land use attorney, Stephanie A. Kobal is a shareholder in the Firm’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development and Corporate, Business & Banking groups. Throughout her career, Ms. Kobal has worked with organizations of all types and sizes to negotiate complex real estate acquistions, land development and zoning approvals, and leases. She consistently represents clients in front of government agencies and municipalities regarding land use entitlements for real estate ventures. Her practice also focuses on transactional work, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, tax assessment appeals, charter schools, for-profit and nonprofit contractual matters and organizational issues.
A native to the Lehigh Valley, Ms. Kobal has based her practice on the core values of strategy, practicality and honesty, which is evident in her relationships with her clients. She understands that each client has its own unique needs and goals, and tailors her approach to fit every individual who approaches her.
I was first introduced to FLB when my firm bought 425,000 SF Riverside Business Center in 2018 and we needed a local lawyer to handle all our leasing documents. Jane Long was the person with whom we originally worked but after she retired, we eventually started working with Steph Kobal. While we had had a policy of using local leasing lawyers for our various projects up and down the east coast, our relationship with Steph blossomed such that we began to use her for all of our leasing and acquisition work. In that she is also well-versed in land use work, we have used her on these matters in the Lehigh Valley as well. The highest praise that anyone within our firm can offer is when we state that someone feels like a long-term employee of our firm. Steph certainly wears that mantle within our shop, we truly view her as an extension of our firm and there is not a person within our shop that ever hesitates to pick up the phone an seek her advice on legal matters confronting our holdings. Steph is a rockstar in our eyes!
Recently, Commonwealth Title, a member of the Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) family of title companies, named FLB’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development Team to its top 25 list of title producers in the U.S. for 2022. In 2021, FLB’s team was in the top 50 list of title producers, showing an increase […]
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Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. In addition, three attorneys were named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition. Historically, less than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected for the coveted distinction of Pennsylvania Super […]
As part of President Biden’s six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, he has announced the first ever federal vaccine mandate to apply to private employers. In the coming weeks, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is likely to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that would require all private […]
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