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 and underwriter's 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 underwriter’s counsel in the issuance of over $60 million of financing by a private university 
  • Acting as local counsel in the affiliation of a regional health care system with a university-affiliated integrated health delivery system
  • 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 (2015) and Land Use and Zoning Law (2016)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Public Finance Law, 2012-2019; Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, both 2015-2019; and Health Care Law, 2016-2019)
  • Four-Way Test Award, Rotary Club of Erie, 2017
  • Legends of Iroquois 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous programs on nonprofit governance, compliance and fundraising

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Chair
  • United Way of Erie County, Director
  • UPMC, Former Director; Member, Board of Visitors; Past Chair, UPMC Hamot
  • Hamot Health Foundation, Honorary Life Member, Board of Corporators
  • Westminster College, Trustee (Former Chair)
  • Warner Theatre Preservation Trust, Director
  • Foundation for Erie’s Public Schools, Director
  • Erie's Public Schools, Financial Advisory Team
  • Raising Readers in Erie County, Steering Committee Member
  • Robert H. Jackson Center, Ambassador
  • Rotary Club of Erie, Member
  • American Law Institute, Consultative Groups: Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations; Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property; Principles of the Law, Compliance, Risk Management, and Enforcement; Principles of the Law, Government Ethics

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors, President

Practice Areas

Education

  • 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
  • Licensed title insurance agent

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 Lawyers Association
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member

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