Mr. Zieziula’s practice is focused on real estate development, environmental law, and land use planning and zoning. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating real estate acquisitions and sales, retail leases, commercial loan transactions and complex development projects involving difficult land use, zoning and environmental issues. He is a licensed title insurance agent in both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York, and he provides commercial and residential real estate closing services. His real estate practice also includes representing both public and private entities in condemnation matters and real estate tax assessment matters. Mr. Zieziula also counsels oil and gas clients in the negotiation of leases, pipeline easements and surface use agreements, and provides mineral rights title opinions. 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
  • Represented seller of student housing development in transfer of multiple development units
  • Represented national grocery store developer in acquisition of new facilities in an urban environment with historical environmental issues
  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2013 and 2014
  • Firm's Annual Municipal Law Symposium, April 2014-2016
  • Knox Law Institute®
  • Continuing Legal Education Presenter on 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

Practice Areas

Education

  • 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, Member and Past Chair; Environmental, Mineral & Natural Resources Law Section, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Shale Energy Law Committee, Member (2016-2019)
  • American Bar Association
  • Federalist Society, President, 1993–1994

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