Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Edition
Eastburn and Gray shareholders John A. VanLuvanee, Marc D. Jonas, and Mark S. Cappuccio have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. In the 2018 rankings, both Mr. Jonas and Mr. VanLuvanee received “Lawyer of the Year” distinctions in the Philadelphia market.
Mr. VanLuvanee was named The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lawyer of the Year for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area. He previously received this distinction in 2014. Mr. VanLuvanee has been continuously ranked in this publication since 2007. As one of Pennsylvania’s premier land use attorneys, Mr. VanLuvanee handles zoning, subdivision and land development matters, as well as real estate transactional matters, for both developers and property owners. During his career, he has been involved in many significant, precedent-setting land use cases decided by the Commonwealth Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court. For more than 30 years, he has served as counsel to the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties. He is an active member of the Legal Action Task Force and Judicial Task Force of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS) sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. VanLuvanee is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Mr. Jonas was previously named The Best Lawyers in America 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation: Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia area and the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Land Use and Zoning Law. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Jonas has established a reputation as one of the preeminent land use attorneys in Pennsylvania with extensive experience in real estate, land use/zoning, and municipal law, representing individuals, businesses, and municipal boards. He serves as solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Boards of Towamencin, Upper Merion, and Lower Salford Townships. Following his service in the United States Air Force Reserve, Mr. Jonas began his legal career as law clerk to President Judge James S. Bowman of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He is a previous board chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.
Mark S. Cappuccio is a shareholder at Eastburn and Gray where he practices tax assessment law, commercial litigation, real estate, and zoning and land use law. He represents individuals, businesses and municipalities in a variety of real estate matters including land use, zoning and condemnation cases. He is an experienced civil trial attorney with a wide breadth of industry knowledge in general commercial litigation matters and has extensive experience in litigating tax assessment cases. While he litigated for taxing authorities for approximately 25 years, several years ago the focus of his work shifted to the representation of numerous real estate entities and large corporations for whom he has litigated valuation cases extensively before the courts at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Cappuccio earned his law degree from Capital University Law School and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Delaware.
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