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MSI North America Philadelphia In-Person Meeting

11/12/2021 | Events & Seminars, General, News & Resources

On Thursday, November 11, 2021,18 MSI members got together for a half-day in-person meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting, which was kindly hosted and organized by our local members, Neil A. Stein, Esquire of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C and Scott Isdaner, Mike Troped, and John Campbell of Isdaner & Co, was a great opportunity for members to catch up and network in an informal setting. It was chaired by MSI’s Director of Member Relations-Americas, Susan Greene, and started with […]

YOU SAY GOODBYE AND I SAY HELLO. WILL LOCAL ZONING GIVE WAY TO A FEDERAL REPLACEMENT?

10/15/2021 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources, Zoning & Development

                The economist, Milton Friedman, was a proponent of local government authority. He posited that if he was unsatisfied with his community, he could simply move to another community he found desirable. However, moving from a state or country is far more difficult. Local government power includes the adoption of zoning regulations. Pennsylvania has 2,561 municipalities, and most have their own zoning codes. Zoning can, at times, unfairly shape where people live and how they live.  The federal government […]

Congratulations! Kaplin Stewart Attorneys Make 2022 List of Best Lawyers in America©

8/20/2021 | General, Media, News & Resources

The law firm of Kaplin Stewart is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 Best Lawyers in America® lists. Marc B. Kaplin has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America©.  Gregg I. Adelman (2019) Land Use and Zoning Law William D. Auxer (2021) Construction Law George W. Broseman (2012) Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation – Land Use […]

A Current Worldwide View of Commercial Real Estate

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Real Estate Transactional, Zoning & Development

A few weeks ago, as a part of an international meeting of lawyers and accountants, I participated on an international panel discussing the future of commercial real estate law. The worldwide perspective was interesting and highly varied. Overwhelmingly, attorneys, accountants, and their clients continued to work from home. In parts of Europe, those trickling back to the office were informed that a new wave of shutdowns was likely and that they should return home. Aside from the obvious stresses of […]


Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development

HOW TO LOSE A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT CASE

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Land Use, Zoning & Development

I have represented hundreds of taxpayers over my thirty year career and have had to clean up some messes caused by prior counsel. I thought it might be useful to unveil my shortlist of ten recondite dangers in the assessment appeals process. Assessment appeals require specialized counsel and experts. An inexperienced professional, unschooled in the nuances of the process, can kill a good case. Many assessment appeals are litigated in trial courts where the rules, written and unwritten, differ from […]


Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development