Reilly is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and the Construction, Environment & Energy and Municipal industry groups. He dedicates his practice to the representation of clients in all aspects of their real estate transactions and developments with a particular focus on land use and development, construction and regulatory matters as well as leasing.
Land Use & Development
Reilly’s zoning and land development work includes representation of clients in the submissions of and hearings for text amendment, rezoning, variance, special exception, conditional use, subdivision and land development and condition modification applications. He understands the complexities of the Municipalities Planning Code and the requirements that municipalities and developers must follow throughout the land development process in Pennsylvania. Reilly’s expertise in this area includes assistance with the development of mixed-use, commercial/industrial buildings and complexes as well as residential neighborhoods. Reilly also frequently counsels clients on the Pennsylvania Uniform Planned Community Act and Uniform Condominium Act. He prepares homeowners’ association and condominium documents for developments of all types and sizes, including building conversions, shopping centers, residential planned communities, master-planned developments, and site condominiums.
In his construction practice, Reilly advises owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals on all facets of construction law and procurement matters. This includes the review and negotiation of the American Institute for Architects (AIA) form agreements, updates to form purchase orders and agreements, and assistance with mechanics’ lien, prevailing wage and Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act issues. Reilly has specific experience with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for renewable energy projects. Reilly also represents developers with respect to building code and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) enforcement issues and appeals as well as Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) approvals.
Regulatory & Permitting
In connection with his land use and development practice, Reilly helps clients navigate the regulatory and permitting requirements associated with real estate projects including the rules and regulations of various Pennsylvania state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania Utility Commission. He regularly assists clients with issues related to permits for public infrastructure as well as highway occupancy, NPDES, post-construction stormwater management and building permits.
Reilly devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of landlords and tenants in various leasing matters. He frequently negotiates retail, industrial, office, and ground leases and advises clients on ancillary leasing issues such as financing and construction issues. Reilly also assists clients in the negotiation of energy and utility leases, including solar farm and cell tower leases.
Reilly currently serves as the chair of the Ethics Committee for the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County and the chair of Lancaster Bar Association’s Municipal, Zoning the Environmental Law Section. Reilly was the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Trailblazer award which is given annually to a bar association Young Law Division member practicing primarily in the area of real property law or probate and trust law. The attorney must demonstrate excellence and the highest ethical standards in the practice of law and must show a commitment to pro bono legal services.
In his spare time, Reilly enjoys biking, hiking, reading, astronomy, Revolutionary and Civil War history, and spending time with his family outdoors.
View some of Reilly’s representative matters:
- Represented a regional funeral home in the acquisition and development, including permitting, land development, and zoning approvals, for a new, approximately 14,000-square-foot funeral home and crematory
- Represented a farm equipment and machinery sales and repair business in the sale of its existing building, the acquisition of raw land, and the development of a multi-phased, 300,000 square foot vehicle retail, service, and repair center. Reilly’s work on this matter included obtaining conditional use, variance, and land development plan approvals for the new building as well as assistance in obtaining a PIDA loan to finance the development.
- Counseled a large retailer in the development of a multi-phased, 250,000-square-foot manufacturing, office, and warehousing center, including navigation of permitting and land development issues, sewer and water capacity matters, and special exception approvals for the use.
- Represented landowners in obtaining variances and special exception approvals to convert existing buildings into an apartment building and an AirBnB building.
- Represented a large church in the conversion of its existing building into a condominium, and the sale of a condominium unit to a buyer.
- Counseled a residential developer in rezoning several tracts of land, obtaining text amendments for higher density, and development of townhome, single-family and mixed-use buildings.
- Served as counsel for a one-of-a-kind stream restoration and walking trail project in Lancaster County, which included preparation of easements, construction documents, and municipal intergovernmental agreements related to stormwater and MS4 permitting.
- Prepared condominium/planned community documents for a shopping center redevelopment, single-family and townhome developments throughout central Pennsylvania as well as building conversions in urban settings including Lancaster and Harrisburg.
- 2020 Pennsylvania Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Trailblazer Award
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Lancaster County Bar Association
- “What Residential Builders Need to Know About Construction and Land Development”, Building Industry Association of Lancaster County Morning Mingle (Sept. 2022)
- “Exploring and Negotiating Key Clauses in Construction Contracts”, ABC Keystone’s Fall Regional Construction Wake-up Call Series (Fall 2022)
- “Construction Agreements & Payments: Understanding the Construction Process”, ABC Keystone (October 2020)