Kellie A. McGowan

Partner
Located in

Doylestown, PA

“My focus is my client, and helping them to achieve their objectives and successful outcomes. Nothing is more important to this process than my relationship with the client and an understanding of their goals.”

- Kellie McGowan

“My focus is my client, and helping them to achieve their objectives and successful outcomes. Nothing is more important to this process than my relationship with the client and an understanding of their goals.”

- Kellie McGowan

Bucks County Land Use and Zoning Attorney

A partner in Obermayer’s Business & Finance Department, Kellie co-chairs the Land Use and Zoning team, and serves as a member of the Firm’s management committee. Her practice focuses on zoning and land use, real estate transactions, and financing. Kellie represents businesses, financial institutions, and individuals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey through all aspects of a real estate transaction for residential, commercial, and large industrial real estate matters, including sales, acquisitions, entitlements, and leasing.

Kellie is a problem-solver. She communicates effectively with her clients throughout the legal process.

When she is not practicing law, Kellie serves on boards and committees for multiple community organizations. She particularly enjoys her time spent with her son and daughter, golfing, and taking trips to the Pocono Mountains.
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Kellie participates in a broad range of land use matters, securing subdivision and land development approvals for residential, commercial, and industrial developments; zoning hearing board applications; zoning map and text amendments; and challenges to the validity of zoning ordinances. She has been involved in successful appeals in the Courts of Common Pleas, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

In her finance practice, Kellie has experience in all aspects of commercial transactions, including due diligence, title review, financing structure, negotiations, and documentation. She represents local and regional financial institutions in the structuring, negotiating, and the closing of business and commercial real estate loan transactions.  In addition to handling residential, commercial and industrial real estate transactions, Kellie consults with Pennsylvania and New Jersey real estate professionals on issues relating to residential agreements, dispute resolution and litigation avoidance.

Some of Kellie’s notable accomplishments include:

  • Serving pro bono as transactional and land development counsel for the development of an institutional property in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. This project represents the first crisis residential center in the County. Included in the services were lease negotiation, financing, and land development entitlements.
  • Securing land development approvals for multiple significant addition to a regional hospital, together with the development of over 100,000 square feet of additional medical office space on the hospital campus.
  • Facilitating 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; zoning, land development, and subdivision approvals; federal law analysis under the ADA and the FHA, including obtainment of reasonable accommodations under those federal statutes; and representing the client in its relationship with Pennsylvania government agencies.
  • Facilitating the donation of approximately 400 acres of agricultural land on behalf of a Bucks County charitable foundation to a higher educational institution.
  • Negotiating multiple court-approved settlements of zoning disputes among the municipality, neighbors, and the property owner, ensuring the client’s continued use and development potential of the property.

In 2012, Kellie was first recognized when chosen by a panel of judges for inclusion in the inaugural class of the Bucks County “Forty Under 40”, a select group of forty young professional leaders in that county. Since that time, she has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers® every year between 2012 and 2022, making the Rising Stars list from 2012 through 2017 in the Land/Use Zoning and Real Estate categories. Kellie was also selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Real Estate law 2018 – present. She was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as a 2022 “Lawyer of the Year.”

Kellie was appointed to serve as a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). This section of the PBA is an association of Real Estate and Estate attorneys, ranging in experience levels from the most experienced and top attorneys in the Commonwealth.

Kellie serves as the secretary of Lenape Valley Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers mental health services throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties. She was honored by the Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award for her distinguished commitment to the development of The Lodge at Lenape Valley Foundation.

Kellie was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Conservation District.  The BCCD works to protect and improve the natural resources of the County, and is delegated by the PA Department of Environmental Protection to administer Chapter 102 of the PA regulations. Her term will expire on December 31, 2025.

Kellie also serves on the Park and Recreation board of Doylestown Township, where she resides, and is a past member of the Township Environmental Advisory Council.

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