Law Firm in Easton, PA
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania lawyers with 60 years experience, practicing law in the fields of civil litigation, commercial law, land use, planning and zoning, environmental and toxic tort law, municipal law, and human and civil rights.
Areas of Law:
-Administrative Agency Law
26 North Third Street
Easton PA 18042
We provide client service in the following areas: Litigation - Real Estate - Environmental & Toxic Torts - Land Use & Zoning - Local Government & Municipal Law. We're here to help you.
Commercial and Residential Real Estate
We handle both complex and routine real estate transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers. We will work with you from beginning to end, from your agreement of sale to settlement and closing. We perform due diligence searches as appropriate. We determine whether the real estate title is good and marketable, and free of state and federal liens. We examine and analyze easements and restrictions. We verify the status of municipal approvals. We ensure that corporate buyers and sellers are authorized to do business in Pennsylvania and in good standing.
We address environmental considerations, whether they be stormwater concerns, wetland delineations, contaminated sites, lead paint, or other issues. If these issues arise, we are prepared to counsel you carefully and, when necessary, address them through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as other governmental agencies having jurisdiction. Our experience in environmental law provides a seamless interface with real estate law.
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania Land Use Planning and Zoning
We have 40 years (with little or no parallel in the Lehigh Valley) of collective legal experience with local governing bodies and planning commissions, real estate developers, and citizen objectors, in connection with land development plans and zoning applications, including zoning permits, special exceptions, variances and conditional uses.
Our Pennsylvania law firm can assist you with all your zoning, subdivision and land use issues in all municipalities within Lehigh County, Bucks County, Monroe County and Northampton County. We have successfully represented clients before zoning hearing boards, planning commissions, boards of supervisors, city councils and borough councils in municipalities in Lehigh County, Northampton County, Monroe County, and Bucks County. Municipalities in which we have appeared include Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, Bethlehem Township, Wilson Borough, Lower Nazareth Township, Stroud Township, Smithfield Township, Tinicum Township, and others.
We provide real estate and land use services in matters involving:
Zoning permits, zoning ordinance amendments, and rezoning
Land use planning
Planned unit development (PUD)
Subdivision and site plan applications
Appeals of adverse land use decisions
If you are buying real estate, you must know how zoning and planning laws will affect the property prior to purchase. We can evaluate property before you sign an agreement for sale.
Our significant experience with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and local municipal law enables us to provide precise guidance in these matters. We have acted as legal counsel or decisionmakers in virtually hundreds of these matters.
Charles W. Elliott has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1978.
His practice of law has concentrated in public interest litigation on behalf of environmental organizations, governmental clients, and victims of environmental pollution. He has represented clients in environmental litigation involving air and water pollution, hazardous waste disposal and management, petroleum tank releases, groundwater contamination, and natural resources protection. His cases have ranged from nuclear power plant licensing proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the federal courts, federal rulemaking proceedings, to citizen and governmental opposition to the siting of solid waste facilities, to representing victims of area-wide toxic lead contamination.
In 1993, Mr. Elliott received an award from the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney, for his "outstanding skill and dedication" in environmental enforcement work in citizen suit litigation under the Clean Water Act. He has also received the R. Emmet Doherty Clean Air Award from the American Lung Association of the Lehigh Valley for his work to prevent air pollution, and an award from the City of Easton in recognition of his work in establishing the City's "Smart Code" zoning and subdivision and land development ordinance. More recently, he was given the Appalachian Mountain Club's Conservation Award for "outstanding contributions toward protection of the Applachian Trail in Pennsylvania."
In his advocacy for human rights, he serves of counsel to the International Justice Project, currently assisting International Criminal Court (ICC) list counsel in the representation of victims of the Darfur, Sudan conflict in their participation before the Court, advocating expansive interpretations of the Rome Statute provisions for victim participation in proceedings before the ICC.
Diploma, Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (2008), Washington College of Law, American University, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University (International Justice for Human Rights Violations, Professors Douglass Cassel, Elizabeth Andersen; International Humanitarian Law, Professor Robert K. Goldman; United Nations Human Rights System, Professors Manfred Nowak, Gudmundur Alfredsson)
Juris Doctor, Degree in Law 1978, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A.B. degree, Major in Religion 1975, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
Mr. Elliott has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1978, with significant emphasis in the following areas: Residential and Commercial Real Estate; Real Estate Title Insurance; Commercial Law and Litigation; Uniform Commercial Code; Municipal Law; Zoning, Planning and Land Use and Litigation; Civil Litigation; Civil Rights; Trusts and Estates; and Wills.
Mr. Elliott was the Solicitor for the Township of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Township Planning Commission from 1990-2009 in charge of all their legal affairs. He was a member of the Bethlehem Township Planning Commission from 1989-1990.
Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1978
Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Government and Law, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1975; George F. Baker Scholar, Awarded by the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College on behalf of the George F. Baker Trust, New York, New York, for "outstanding qualities of character, responsibility, and motivation" and for "a high degree of recognition by contemporaries."
He is admitted to the practice of law in all courts of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System (the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania; all Common Pleas courts); the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association; the American Planning Association; the Pennsylvania Bar Association (section member for Real Estate and Probate Law and Municipal Law); and the Northampton County Bar Association.
He is an approved attorney for Penn Attorneys Title Insurance Company to issue title insurance to owners and mortgage lenders.