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John E. Hosa

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Handles municipal, school law, and real estate matters with a responsive, client-focused approach.

John is a member of the firm’s Municipal and School and Real Estate & Construction Practice Groups. As a municipal and school lawyer, John regularly attends public meetings and assists public sector clients with a wide variety of matters, including issues arising under the Sunshine Act, the Right-to-Know Law, and the Ethics Act, ordinance and policy drafting, taxation, and general litigation.

John also focuses on real estate matters, and a large portion of his practice is devoted to real estate tax assessment appeals. He has successfully resolved countless appeals of residential, commercial, and industrial properties throughout Western Pennsylvania on behalf of both taxing authorities and property owners. John has also assisted clients with tax exemptions, zoning and land use, eminent domain, and conservatorships under the Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act.

Clients appreciate John’s responsiveness, his friendly approach, and his effective communication skills. He passionately pursues his clients’ goals and always strives to exceed their expectations.

Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, P.C., John was an associate at a small Pittsburgh firm focusing on school district representation. He previously held judicial clerkships with the Honorable Valarie S. Costanzo of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas and the Honorable John J. Trucilla of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas. As a judicial clerk, John performed extensive legal research and authored numerous opinions in a variety of civil, family, and criminal matters.

John frequently writes about municipal, school, and real estate topics and is a regular contributor to the Legal Intelligencer. He also serves as a grader with the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Pursued a tax assessment appeal on behalf of a school district involving a distribution center owned by a large online retailer, which resulted in a settlement that generated over $300,000 in additional annual school taxes. Appeal of West Allegheny School District, BV 21-942 (Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County).
  • Pursued a tax assessment appeal on behalf of a limited liability company/owner involving an office building, which resulted in a settlement that reduced the client’s annual taxes by more than $5,000. Appeal of Baptist Road, LLC, BV 21-1046 (Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County).
  • Assisted in the representation of a school district in an owner’s tax assessment appeal of a low-income housing development containing a total of sixty-four (64) individual tax parcels. Appeal of Clairton Housing Partnership, LP (Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County).
  • Assisted in the representation of a school district in an owner’s tax assessment appeal of an outlet mall with a market value of approximately $150,000,000 and containing six (6) individual tax parcels. Grove City Factory Shops, LP vs. Mercer County Board of Assessment Appeals, et. al. (Court of Common Pleas of Mercer County).
  • Served as special counsel to a school district in Westmoreland County and single-handedly oversaw and administered the district’s annual tax assessment appeal program, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional tax revenue.

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD),
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Criminal Procedure
Point Park University (BA)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Services

  • Education Law
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning & Land Use

Industries

  • Municipal & School

Departments

  • Business & Finance

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington County Bar Association, Past Member

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Criminal Procedure
Point Park University (BA, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Services

  • Education Law
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning & Land Use

Industries

  • Municipal & School

Departments

  • Business & Finance

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington County Bar Association, Past Member

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