Undergrad: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1983, Political Science

Law School: Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1986

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Much of Don’s practice includes the representation of public school districts and municipalities with regard to a multitude of legal issues. Formerly an associate counsel with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, he is highly experienced and well-known in all areas of education law, particularly general school law, labor matters, special education and student rights. Don currently serves as the appointed Solicitor for the Chartiers Valley, Pine-Richland and Quaker Valley School Districts. He also provides legal services to the Hampton Township School District.

In addition to his school and municipal practice, Don represents property owners, lenders, purchasers, developers, landlords and tenants in a wide array of real estate transactions. These transactions include sales and acquisitions, title insurance and closings, lending and loan documentation, real estate development, zoning and land use, construction, leasing and lease enforcement. He has also represented zoning hearing boards and landowners in every aspect of zoning hearing board proceedings, including variances, special exceptions, substantive and procedural challenges to the validity of ordinances, appeals from zoning officer determinations, and court appeals.

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Allegheny County Bar Association: Municipal and School Solicitors Section, Real Estate Section

Butler County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Duquesne University’s Graduate School of Education: Former Adjunct Professor

Mount Gallitzin Academy: Former Board Member

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