May. 20, 2020

Guidance for Real Estate Industry: Resuming Operations in PA

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Tom Wolf, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, issued guidance for businesses in the real estate industry, allowing them to operate during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions, regardless of their county’s red, yellow or green phase status. Effective May 19, 2020, all businesses in the real estate industry, including: real […]

Apr. 24, 2020

Review of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 841 and Related Scheduled Business Openings (April 24)

(Updated April 24, 2020) On April 20, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 into law and announced the first few incremental changes toward opening up Pennsylvania after its shutdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Wolf announced the restart of construction projects statewide starting Friday, May 1, curbside pickup of […]

Mar. 26, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance for Commercial Landlords

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt throughout the economy, with a collapse of demand in basically every consumer-facing industry, including restaurants, hotels, airlines, gas stations, and non-grocery retail stores. These problems flow through the economic food chain, with storefronts unable to pay landlords, who in turn have trouble paying their lenders. They may […]

Mar. 23, 2020

COVID 19: Guidance for Homeowners Associations

FLB’s attorneys are here to support Homeowners Associations (HOAs), condominiums, planned communities and property management companies throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In the wake of the novel COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, it is important to be guided by facts and not fear. To that end, below are answers to some of the more common questions affecting […]

Mar. 19, 2020

COVID-19: Impact on Land Use Approvals & Timing

FLB’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development Group attorneys are here to support businesses, developers and community organizations as they face the challenges presented by the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The most frequent questions received concern possible extensions of the time periods and deadlines related to zoning, land development and similar permits, submissions and approvals. […]

Mar. 19, 2020

Can You Invoke Force Majeure in the Wake of COVID-19?

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, our daily lives, and business operations, continue to be interrupted in ways that we have not seen in recent memory. Major sport leagues have been suspended, local events postponed, deliveries cancelled, and other contractors have failed to perform their contracts due to the viral outbreak. However, when an event is […]

Jan. 21, 2020

Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones Guidelines Finalized

On December 19, 2019, the United States Department of Treasury finalized regulations providing guidance regarding investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ(s)).  In order for individuals (or businesses) to invest in these QOZs (several of which are located in the Lehigh Valley) they must first form a qualified opportunity fund (QOF).  A QOF can be most […]

Jan. 13, 2020

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba Completes Relocation to Downtown Allentown

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba (FLB), the Lehigh Valley’s leading law firm, announced today it has completed its relocation to downtown Allentown. The firm moved to a 20,000-square-foot space on the 8th Floor of Two City Center, consolidating its legal and administrative offices under one roof. “We are excited to officially be a part of downtown […]

Dec. 9, 2019

Joseph A. Bubba Explains Why FLB is Positioned For Growth While Discussing Move to Allentown

Co-Managing Shareholder, Joseph A. Bubba is profiled in a special feature of Lehigh Valley Business, discussing why the law firm is in a position to grow in the new decade. The section featured 20 business leaders and asked them to provide insights into the new year (and decade) by answering a single question. Mr. Bubba […]

Nov. 12, 2019

Joseph A. Fitzpatrick to Moderate Historic Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Panel

Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, one of the firm’s founding members and attorney in our Real Estate, Land Use & Development group, will be leading a panel to discuss the Lehigh Valley of the future. This panel, a vision of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, will address the $2.5 billion strategy to deal with the region’s land […]