Mr. Tupitza advises clients in the private, public and nonprofit sectors on finance, real estate and governance matters. A past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, he is active as bond counsel in tax-exempt financing transactions. He has served as the firm’s President since 2007.

Representative Experience

  • Acting as bond counsel to a private university in over $56 million of financing
  • Acting as co-counsel in the affiliation of a regional health care system with a university-affiliated integrated health care provider and insurer
  • Acting as bond counsel to a school district in over $100 million of financing

Honors & Ratings

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Selected as Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area in Public Finance Law (2020 & 2015) and Land Use and Zoning Law (2021 & 2016)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Public Finance Law, 2012-2021; Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, both 2015-2021; and Health Care Law, 2016-2021)
  • Included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2004 and 2020-2021
  • Honorary Life Member, Board of Corporators, Hamot Health Foundation, 2017
  • Four-Way Test Award, Rotary Club of Erie, 2017
  • Legends of Iroquois School District Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Humanitarian Award, Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation, 2014
  • Excellence Award, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, 2011
  • Everyday Leader Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2007
  • Alumni Citation, Westminster College, 1998
  • Legion of Honor Award, Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Programs for The Nonprofit Partnership and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) on nonprofit governance and the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Director, Former Chair
  • The Erie Community Foundation, Trustee
  • Westminster College, Trustee and Former Chair
  • United Way of Erie County, Director
  • The Nonprofit Partnership, Director
  • Warner Theatre Preservation Trust, Director
  • Foundation for Erie’s Public Schools, Director
  • Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Life Trustee
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member
  • Former Board Chair: UPMC Hamot, VisitErie, Erie County Historical Society, Northwestern Legal Services, and Erie City Mission
  • Former Director: UPMC (currently, Board of Visitors), Hamot Health Foundation, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Erie County Bar Association and Rotary Club of Erie

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors, President

Practice Areas


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

Admissions & Certifications

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, Past President
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American Health Law Association
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member

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