Stephanie Kobal

Top rated Land Use & Zoning attorney in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
Stephanie Kobal
Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Practice Areas: Land Use & Zoning, Employment & Labor, Real Estate view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2007

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

645 Hamilton St
Suite 800
Allentown, PA 18101 Phone: 610-797-9000 Email: Stephanie Kobal Visit website


Stephanie A. Kobal is a shareholder in Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba's Real Estate, Land Use & Development and Employment and Labor Law groups. Throughout her career, Ms. Kobal has worked with organizations of all types and sizes to negotiate complex land development contracts, zoning approvals, and leases. She consistently represents clients in front of government agencies and municipalities regarding land use and entitlements for real estate ventures.

In addition, Ms. Kobal’s practice extends to Employment Law. She helps ensure transparency between employers and their employees during the contract development process, and counsels employers on compliance with federal, state and local laws concerning individual employment rights, workplace investigations, covenants not-to-compete, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and personnel policies.

Ms. Kobal has based her practice on the core values of strategy, practicality and honesty, which is evident in her relationships with her clients. She understands that each client has his or her own unique needs and goals, and tailors her approach to fit every individual that approaches her.

Practice areas

Land Use/Zoning, Employment & Labor: Employer, Real Estate: Business, Business/Corporate

First Admitted: 2007, Pennsylvania

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Educational Background:
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007 Executive Managing Editor for Widener Law Journal, 2007
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Marketing and Women’s Studies, 2004 Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Women’s Studies, 2004
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2018
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Bar of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Cedar Crest College, Board of Trustees, Trustee, 2021 – Present  , 2020
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hillside School - Lehigh Valley.  Hillside School is an independent school for students in K-8 grades with language-based learning disabilities/differences., 2020
  • Parkland School District Education Foundation.   I serve as a member of the Board of Directors and provided pro bono legal advice to the organization., 2020
  • Serve on the Publicity Committee of Commercial Real Estate Women's Network (CREW) Lehigh Valley.  As part of this group, I attended symposiums and events related to commercial real estate., 2020
  • Served as a Board Member and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Parkland Aquatic Club and also served as director of the personnel committee of the Board., 2013
  • On behalf of a commercial client, I successfully negotiated the Agreement of Sale for an iconic office building., 2020
  • On behalf of a housing authority, I successfully argued for zoning variances to permit the re-development of a public housing project., 2019
  • On behalf of a private client, a car dealer, I successfully handled their conditional use hearing, zoning variance hearing, and all aspects of land development in order to get final land development approval for a large new automobile franchise., 2018
  • On behalf of a private client, a hotelier, I drafted a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that promoted redevelopment of blighted properties.  This was submitted to the municipality and ultimately approved.  This Zoning Ordinance Amendment will allow the redevelopment of almost 100 properties throughout the municipality., 2017
  • On behalf of a private client, I successfully negotiated the sale and consolidation of several lots as part of a large complex deal to develop a one-of-a-kind, regional business complex.  This transaction involved multiple agreements, easements, municipal approvals, and agreements.  This highly complex transaction also involved the coordination of the efforts of the developer, the construction company, the lot owners, a real estate investment trust, future tenants of the project, the municipality, utility providers and countless engineers. , 2017
  • Drafted an extensive Zoning Ordinance and Map Amendment, which was done, in part, to allow for the redevelopment of a former monastary., 2015
  • Negotiated and handled the purchase of certain assets of a soda company on behalf of the purchaser., 2015
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • On behalf of a non-profit entity, I successfully obtained special exception approval for the expansion of a camp facility.  This matter was vigorously contested by approximately 70 neighbors, and the hearings spanned approximately 12 hours., 2020
  • On behalf of a non-profit museum, I successfully argued for a real estate tax exemption before the County Board of Assessment., 2020
  • On behalf of a general contractor, I negotiated the settlement of a breach of contract matter.  This matter involved payment of a subcontractor.  To settle this matter, I had to coordinate the efforts of several subcontractors.  This matter culminated in a settlement, which was very favorable to my client., 2017
  • On behalf of a municipal client, I successfully negotiated the settlement of a protracted land use appeal involving the redevelopment of a contaminated site.  The negotiation of this settlement was complex and ultimately culminated in a 35 page settlement agreement that detailed not only the use of the site, but the potential impacts of the use of the site on neighboring properties. On behalf of a general contract, I successfully negotiated the settlement of a contract dispute related to a municipal improvement project.  The negotiation of this settlement was complex and involved garnering the cooperation and support of several subcontractors., 2015
  • Named one of “Power 30 in Law,” Lehigh Valley Business, 2021, Power 30 in Law, Lehigh Valley Business, 2021
  • I was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Award by Lehigh Valley Business., Top 40 Under 40, Lehigh Valley Business, 2018
  • Woman of Influence, Lehigh Valley Business, 2017
  • Local Legal Leader, Lehigh Valley Magazine, 2017
  • Local Legal Leader, Lehigh Valley Magazine, 2016
  • Top 20 Under 40, Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
  • Graduate of the Leadership Lehigh Valley Program, which is an executive and leadership development program in the greater Lehigh Valley
Industry Groups:
  • Auto Dealerships

Office location for Stephanie Kobal

645 Hamilton St
Suite 800
Allentown, PA 18101


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

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