Stephanie A. Kobal

Stephanie A. Kobal

Shareholder

Real Estate, Land Use & Development • Corporate, Business & Banking • Nonprofit Organizations • Tax Assessment Appeals & Property Tax Exemptions • Charter Schools

With nearly 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 focuses on transactional work, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, 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.


Education

 
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Marketing and Women’s Studies, 2004
    • Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Women’s Studies
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
    • Executive Managing Editor for Widener Law Journal

Projects & Accomplishments

 
  • Representation with respect to every aspect of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, construction, and utilization.
  • Successfully obtained special exception approval for the expansion of a nonprofit recreation facility.
  • Successfully obtained a zoning use variance for a 45,000 square foot industrial sales and service facility in northern Lehigh County.
  • Regularly appears before townships, boroughs and cities within Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, and Bucks counties to obtain land development approvals.
  • Successfully negotiated a zoning amendment overlay district to facilitate the re-adaptive use of a historic structure.
  • Handles tax exemption hearings on behalf of nonprofit organizations.
  • Successfully obtained tax exemptions for several nonprofits in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.
  • Successfully negotiated the sale of an iconic Lehigh Valley office structure.
  • In 2021, represented clients in the acquisition of over $200,000,000 of industrial, commercial and tenant-occupied properties.

Representative Matters

 
  • Gravel Hill Enterprises, Inc. v. Lower Mount Bethel Township Zoning Hearing Board, 172 A.3d 754 (Pa. Commw. 2017) (en banc).

Honors & Affiliations

 
  • Named one of “Power 30 in Law,” Lehigh Valley Business, 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers – Rising Star Edition, 2017 – Present
  • Named one of “Forty under 40,” Lehigh Valley Business, 2018
  • Named one of “Women of Influence” by Lehigh Valley Business, 2017
  • Named Local Legal Leader by Lehigh Valley Magazine, 2016 – 2017
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal “20 Under 40” Award, 2011

Community Activity

 
  • Cedar Crest College, Board of Trustees, Trustee, 2021 – Present
  • The Hillside School, Board of Trustees, Trustee, 2019 – Present
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley, Mentor
  • Board of Associates of Cedar Crest College, Executive Committee, President, 2017 – 2021; Board of Directors, Member, 2015 – 2021
  • Parkland School District Education Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2015 – Present

Bar Admissions

 
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Organizations

 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Lehigh Valley, Member