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I advise clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including health care providers, on finance, real estate and governance matters. A past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, I am active as bond counsel in tax-exempt financing transactions. My real estate practice includes significant involvement with condominiums, and I am a licensed title insurance agent in Pennsylvania and New York. I have served as President of Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. since 2007.


Practice areas


  1. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 40%
    32 years
  2. Business: 20%
    32 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    32 years
  4. Health Care: 20%
    32 years

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Knox Mclaughlin Et Al
120 W 10th St
Erie, PA, 165011461


NYCurrently registered 201403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Lawyer of the Year, Pittsburgh metro, Public Finance LawBest Lawyers®2015
Best Lawyers®, Real Estate Law & Land Use & Zoning LawBest Lawyers®2015
Excellence Award (Private Bar Volunteer)Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network2011
Everyday Leader AwardPennsylvania Bar Association2007
Bonds and Government FinancePennsylvania Super Lawyers2004
Best Lawyers®, Public Finance Law, 2012-2015Best Lawyers®N/A
AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President and ShareholderKnox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Law InstituteElected Member2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Bond LawyersPast President1988 - Present
National Association of Bond LawyersMember1987 - Present
Erie County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Erie's Public SchoolsFinancial Advisory TeamN/A
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth PartnershipDirectorN/A
The Partnership for Erie’s Public SchoolsDirectorN/A
Westminster CollegeBoard of Trustees, ChairN/A
UPMC HamotVice ChairN/A
Hamot Health FoundationTrusteeN/A
The Nonprofit PartnershipDirectorN/A
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Nonprofit Corporations CommitteeMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar FoundationFellowN/A
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Health Law SectionMemberN/A
Rotary Club of ErieMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Westminster College (New Wilmington)Political Science and Business AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Fundraising Certificate ProgramAccountability, Ethics, and the Law2014
Board Boot CampThe Law and Good Governance2014
Nonprofit DayEthics, Integrity and the Law2013
What Every Business Should Know About Healthcare ReformLocal Moderator2010
Health Care Reform ReadinessIRS Reporting Requirements Concerning Compensation and Tax-Exempt Bonds2010
Fundamentals of Fundraising Certificate ProgramAccountability, Ethics and the Law2010
Endowment Management for PA Nonprofit OrganizationsThe Impact of Act 1412010
Nonprofit DayThe New Form 9902008