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Gaetano P. Piccirilli

Partner | Litigation | Construction


Gaetano Piccirilli is a strategic counselor and advisor to a diverse base of clients, and on a broad number of issues. In business, Gaetano works with clients to complete projects and deals in a practical, but aggressive way to obtain results. In litigation, Gaetano has a reputation for aggressive advocacy, problem solving, and efficiency. Gaetano considers the key to success is client responsiveness, his own experiences (detailed below), and the ability to develop practical solutions.

Gaetano's practice is expansive. Gaetano represents businesses of all types in litigation and general consulting matters. For instance, Gaetano has represented clients in the construction, real estate, transportation and infrastructure, banking, finance, fraternal/education, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries. Gaetano also represents both for-profit and not-for-profit business related to their corporate governance, operations, and day-to-day legal issues.

Gaetano practices in the state and federal courts in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Gaetano’s unique perspective to the practice of law, in part, derives from his civic participation. Presently, Gaetano is serving on the Philadelphia Tax Review Board - having been appointed by Mayor James Kenney. From 2008-2013, Gaetano served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission, the regulatory body responsible for the regulation, licensure, and discipline of 50,000 real estate professionals in Pennsylvania. In 2013, Gaetano was elected Chairman of the Commission and devoted substantial attention to decreasing the docket and expediting disciplinary cases before the Commission. At both the Tax Review Board and the State Real Estate Commission, Gaetano sat “on the other side” and in judgment of parties. These experiences have enhanced Gaetano’s ability to counsel clients significantly by giving him a unique perspective.

Gaetano is also the Chairman of the Caring People Alliance, a large social services non-profit operating in and around Philadelphia. Thus, Gaetano has served as “the client” in circumstances and has learned lessons that translate into his law practice as a result.

In 2015, Gaetano was appointed to Mayor-Elect James Kenney's Transition Team for Housing, Planning, and Development.

In 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr. Piccirilli was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star by a vote of his peers.

Mr. Piccirilli was named a 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer.  In 2018, he was named an Unsung Hero by The Legal Intelligencer, highlighting, in their words, attorneys who have gone unnoticed for, or were instrumental behind the scenes of, particularly important work.




Temple University School of Law, J.D. (2004)

Temple University, B.A., summa cum laude (2001)


New York (2012)

Pennsylvania (2004)

New Jersey (2004)

District of Columbia (2011)

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

District Court of New Jersey

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Representative Experience:

  • Defended a construction manager/general contractor in three adversary proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court (Eastern District of New York) brought by a debtor-subcontractor. Claims were in excess of $6 million and included claims by a major labor union, as well as claims for wrongful termination and cost impacts by the debtor-subcontractor (delay and inefficiency). Obtained a favorable settlement and injunction related to the relevant projects for client;
  • Successfully litigated and tried the largest filing under Pennsylvania's Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act (Act 135) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of not-for-profit blight conservator. The property was a former steam plant that once fed the Center City Philadelphia steam loop, but had fallen into decay and blight;
  • Defended a national Greek organization in tort litigation involving allegations of hazing, which after successfully removing the matter from Philadelphia County and winning a motion to dismiss most claims, resolved the matter;
  • Successfully defended a public official and “electors” under Pennsylvania’s election code in a Wrongful Use of Civil Proceeding Action brought by a frustrated state senate candidate over a petition to remove the candidate from the ballot. After winning in the trial court, successfully defended the trial court’s decision in the appellate courts.
  • Recovered a warrant for common stock on behalf of a pharmaceutical company after bringing an action for specific performance against a publicly traded company in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York;
  • Successfully defended the right-of-way easement rights of a public utility when the landowner brought an action to limit the public utility's use and access to the easement;
  • Represented a general contractor in all claims resulting from the construction of a multi-family building near Temple University, in which the total value of the claims exceed $8 million. The representation included various mediations, trial schedules, etc., and resulted in the resolution of all matters;
  • Represented a trade contractor in filing and perfection of over 30 mechanics' lien claims against a housing developer and in federal court contract action. The client obtained significant judgment (including attorneys' fees), which it was able to monetize;
  • Represented a large public transportation authority in the sale of parcels necessary as part of a massive Transit Oriented Development, where the representation included sensitive issues related to rail lines, pedestrian access to the transit station, and public safety;
  • Represented a large not-for-profit institution in defense of mechanics’ lien claim, securing a complete dismissal of the lien based upon the “purely public purpose” exemption under Pennsylvania law;
  • Prior to litigation, negotiated a use of easement controversy between a public utility and a landowner that avoided the delay of a large infrastructure project which avoided costly litigation; and
  • Serves as the general counsel for a major heavy equipment/construction company, handling diverse day-to-day legal needs as they arise.

Gaetano was keynote presenter at Union League Real Estate Club Program on the topic of Opportunities Pennsylvania Act 135, January 2018

Gaetano is quoted in The Centre Daily Times regarding his representation of a Penn State Fraternity,  "KDR National files cross-claim against PSU, IFC in Vivenzio frat case, June 2017

Gaetano was profiled by the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho in their publication the Quill and Scroll Winter 2016 edition.

Gaetano was recently quoted in the following publications:

December 15, 2016 - "These Guys Are Philadelphia's Professional Blight Busters" by Inga Saffron in the Inquirer. Click here for link.

December 9, 2016 - "Judge Tosses Hazing Claims Against Penn State, Fraternity" by Max Mitchell in the Legal Intelligencer. Click here for link.

December 7, 2016 - "A Move to Take Over a Derelict, Dangerous Callowhill Property is Initiated" by Natalie Kostelni from the Philadelphia Business Journal. Click here for link.

As published by The Legal Intelligencer, Gaetano was selected as a 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track by evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and the state. Click here for link.

Presenter at the 2nd Annual Union League Real Estate Summit, August 2016.

Quoted in Legal Intelligencer, "Is Philadelphia's Team Leader Approach Sowing Confusion," By Max Mitchell, August 19, 2016.

"Understanding Your Client's Organization and Personality" by Lisa K. Howlett and Gaetano P. Piccirilli, The Legal Intelligencer, June 28, 2016. 

Quoted in Penn Live, "Penn State hazing case could be heard in Dauphin County under judge's new order," by Megan Trimble, January 28, 2016. Click here for link.

Quoted in Legal Intelligencer, "Judge Transfer Penn State Hazing Practices Case From Philadelphia," written by Max Mitchell, January 28, 2016.

Co-presenter, Construction Accounting and Financial Reporting Seminar, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (November 2014).

Quoted in Legal Intelligencer,  "Young Lawyers Can Benefit From a Good Mentor Relationship" written by Dena Lefkowitz, December 2, 2015.