Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Timothy M. Zieziula

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  • Duquesne University, J.D.; cum laude; Law Review, Member, 1992–1994
  • Gannon University, B.S.; Scholastic All-American

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, Real Estate Section, Chair; Environmental, Mineral & Natural Resources Law Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federalist Society, President, 1993–1994

Mr. Zieziula’s practice is focused on real estate development, oil and gas, and environmental law, including land use and zoning and planning. He regularly counsels real estate developers in transactional matters and is a licensed title insurance agent in both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York. In the oil and gas field, Mr. Zieziula provides counsel to landowners through the negotiation of oil and gas leases, pipeline and right of way agreements, as well as providing mineral rights title opinions. His environmental practice encompasses regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, due diligence issues and liability protection and planning. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Zieziula worked as an environmental chemist.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Lead counsel for Erie Regional Airport Authority’s $80 million runway extension project
  • Negotiated oil and gas lease transaction on behalf of single landowner comprising over 10,000 acres of land
  • Negotiated agreement with Pennsylvania DEP authorizing the continued use and operation of an historic waste impoundment and spray irrigation system
  • Negotiated agreements with both the Pennsylvania DEP as well as the US EPA authorizing development upon a Federal Superfund Site and the relocation and redevelopment of wooded wetlands

Speaking Engagements

  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium, April 2014
  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2013
  • Knox Law Institute™, regular presenter on oil and gas topics
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presenter on practice area of Environmental and Real Estate Law

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Catholic Preparatory School, Committee Member
  • Erie Club, Board Member
  • Erie County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Chair

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Real Estate Group, Practice Group Leader