Kellie A. McGowan

Kellie A. McGowan

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

kmcgowan@eastburngray.com

Phone: (215) 345-7000

Fax: (215) 345-3528

Web: www.eastburngray.com

Practice Areas

Banking

Land Use and Zoning

Litigation

Real Estate

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Biography

Kellie McGowan, a native of Doylestown, is a member of Eastburn and Gray's Real Estate, Banking, and Land Use and Zoning practice areas.

Kellie represents individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey residential and commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, leasing, foreclosures and short sales, and other matters involving legal issues relating to the use and ownership of real estate.

In her banking practice, she represents financial institutions in the structuring, negotiating, and closing of business and commercial real estate loan transactions. She has experience in all aspects of commercial transactions, including due diligence, title review, financing structure and transaction documentation, and works to ensure a smooth, efficient and successful closing.

In addition to her active real estate and banking practices, Kellie participates in a broad range of land use matters, such as securing subdivision and land development approvals for residential and commercial clients; zoning hearing board applications; zoning map and text amendments; and challenges to the validity of zoning ordinances. Her experience includes participation in successful appeals in the courts of common pleas, as well as appeals to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

A sampling of Kellie's accomplishments include:

  • Routinely obtains land development approvals for residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout Bucks County.
  • Served as land development counsel for the development of an institutional property in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. This project represents the County's first crisis residential center. Included in the services were lease negotiation, financing and land development approvals.
  • Obtained land development approvals for 25,000 square foot addition to an existing hospital together with the development of 40,000 square feet of additional medical office space on the campus of the hospital.
  • Routinely represents buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey from inception through to closing.
  • Consults with Pennsylvania and New Jersey real estate professionals on issues relating to residential agreements, dispute resolution and litigation avoidance.
  • Assists local and regional lending institutions with settlements of business banking and real estate based transactions for commercial financing.
  • Facilitated the conversion of a residential care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities for one of the largest religious institutions in Pennsylvania. The project included legal analysis; review of real estate leases; necessary zoning approvals; land development and subdivision; federal law analysis under the ADA and the FHA including receipt of reasonable accommodations under the Acts; and representing the client in its relationship with Pennsylvania State governmental agencies.
  • Facilitated the donation of approximately 400 acres of agricultural land on behalf of a Bucks County charitable foundation to a higher educational institution.
  • Negotiated a successful settlement of a zoning dispute between a municipality and business owner, ensuring the client’s right to continue use of his property for commercial purposes, despite significant neighbor opposition, thereby avoiding the significant cost of business disruption and litigation.

Memberships

Kellie is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Bar Admission

Kellie is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, the New Jersey Bar and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education

Kellie earned her law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies cum laude from Muhlenberg College. While at Muhlenberg, she worked as a teaching assistant in the College’s Political Science department and gained legal experience working in the legal department at Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and with the public interest group, Public Citizen, in Washington D.C. She enjoys traveling and has participated in study abroad programs in Cornwall, England and Rome, Italy.

Kellie was a member and Note and Comment Editor for the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal from 2002-2004. Her article titled "Following the Money Trail: Can American Lawyers Use American and International Discovery Procedures to Prove the Link between International Terrorist Acts and Financiers?" was published in the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Real Estate law, 2018.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine, 2018.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star, 2012 to 2017.
  • Chosen by a panel of judges for inclusion in the Bucks County "Forty Under 40", a select group of forty young professional leaders in Bucks County, 2012

Volunteer and Community Work

Kellie is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Lenape Valley Foundation where she was honored by the Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award for her enthusiastic commitment to the development of The Lodge at Lenape Valley Foundation.

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