Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Thomas A. Tupitza

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Practice Areas


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.; cum laude; Executive Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 1981-82
  • Westminster College, B.A.; summa cum laude

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, Past President
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member; Participant, Consultative Groups on Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and Principles of Government Ethics

Mr. Tupitza advises clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including health care providers, on finance, real estate and governance matters. A past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, he is active throughout western Pennsylvania as bond counsel in tax-exempt financing transactions. His real estate practice includes significant involvement with condominiums, and he is a licensed title insurance agent in Pennsylvania and New York. He has served as the firm's President since 2007.

Representative Experience

  • Acting as local counsel in the integration of a regional health care system with a large university-affiliated global health enterprise
  • Acting as bond counsel for a $38 million critical access hospital project
  • Representing the owner in an aggregate $119 million in tax-exempt financing for a student housing project
  • Representing the developer in an $80 million refinancing of several hotel and resort properties
  • Acting as bond counsel to a school district in $71 million of financing

Honors & Ratings

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Selected as Best Lawyers® 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area in Public Finance Law
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2015; Public Finance Law, 2012-2015)
  • Excellence Award, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, 2011
  • Everyday Leader Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2007
  • Included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (Bonds & Government Finance), 2004
  • Westminster College Alumni Citation, 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous programs on nonprofit governance, compliance and fundraising

Community & Professional Service

  • UPMC Hamot, Vice Chair
  • Hamot Health Foundation, Trustee
  • Regional Health Services, Inc., Chair
  • Westminster College, Board of Trustees, Chair
  • The Nonprofit Partnership, Director
  • The Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools, Director
  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Director; Chair, Growth Partnership Committee
  • Erie's Public Schools, Financial Advisory Team
  • Rotary Club of Erie, Member
  • Pennsylvania Society, Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors, President