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"So, you're a commercial real estate attorney, eh? What the heck is that?"

Certainly have heard that a few times before. What I do is help developers, franchisees, hotel operators, commercial property managers, brokers, affordable housing organizations, non-profit corporations, community development companies and individuals acquire, maintain and sell off commercial property. Basically, other than listing, cleaning or changing the locks, I can provide any real estate, business or legal guidance for someone who owns commercial property.

That can include basics such as representation for selling, buying, leasing and litigating or seeking municipal approvals for zoning, land use or planning. Other specific legal service areas include:

-- property tax assessment appeals
-- due diligence on the front end of an acquisition
-- review and analysis of title insurance issues
-- advice on tax credits (Low Income Housing, New Market, Historic Rehab, etc.)
-- mechanics lien prevention and adjudication
-- defending or prosecuting tenant, boundary, injunction, eminent domain and title claim issues
-- corporate organization, reorganization, disposition and acquisition
-- review and analyze current leases, SNDAs, parking easements and other use agreements

My being at Blumling & Gusky, LLP, also benefits my clients with a wealth of practioners in the areas of construction law and litigation, labor and employment, commercial litigation, business advice, estates and trusts and intellectual property. I am also licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Ohio and a registered resident title agent in Pennsylvania.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 80%
    16 years
  2. Business: 20%
    16 years

Attorney endorsements

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    Hal is an excellent resource for real estate matters. His advice is timely, on point and accurate. I unhesitatingly recommend him to my clients for their real estate needs.


    Ralph Monico Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Keith Feeney

    I worked with Hal for several years and was constantly impressed with his professionalism and work ethic. He is very dedicated to his clients and consistently up-to-date on current real estate issues, such as the Allegheny County reassessments. His accomplishments within the Allegheny County Bar Association and Pennsyvlania Bar Association are also remarkable. I highly recommend Hal as an attorney.


    Michael Feeney Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Blumling & Gusky, LLP

1200 Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Pennsylvania Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Pennsylvania Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Pennsylvania Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardAllegheny County Bar Association2009
Pennsylvania Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2008
Lawyers on the Fast TrackThe Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly2008
Pennsylvania Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2007
ABA YLD Star of the Quarter, First Quarter 2006American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division2006
Community Volunteer HonoreeUnited Jewish Federation2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Commercial Real Estate AttorneyBlumling & Gusky, LLP2013 - Present
AttorneySitko Bruno LLC2011 - 2013
Coordinator of Settlement ServicesGrogan Graffam Settlement Company2007 - 2011
AssociateGrogan Graffam, P.C.2005 - 2011
AttorneyPepper Hamilton2002 - 2005
OwnerHal D. Coffey, Attorney at Law2001 - 2002
AssociateFrank, Bails, Murcko, Gubinsky & Gale, P.C.2000 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Allegheny County Bar AssociationGovernor, Board of Governors2015 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Diversity Collaborative CommitteeChair2014 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationEditor-in-Chief and Chair of ACBA Publications2010 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Real Property SectionMember2003 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust SectionMember, Council Member2003 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember of Executive Council2012 - 2015
Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law DivisionExecutive Council Member2011 - 2014
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationZone 12 Governor2009 - 2012
Allegheny County Bar AssociationAssistant Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Governors2007 - 2008
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair2006 - 2007
American Bar Association, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community DevelopmentMember2004 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2011
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and TrustsMember2004 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
The Young LawyerSeller Disclosure Laws in Residential Real Estate2007
The Young LawyerBoom or Bust? Protecting Your Homestead2005
The Young LawyerOption for Paternity Leave? You're Covered Under FMLA2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)Journalism and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PBI Day of Real EstateTitle Litigation Claims, Transactions Gone Wild and Other Real Estate Disclosures: How to Avoid Ethical Nightmares2014
ICSC NextGen Pittsburgh Breakfast PanelThe Future of Retail in the City of Pittsburgh2014
ACBA Bench BarDid I Just Say That Out Loud?2014
PBI Day of Real EstateEthical Perils in Commercial Practice—Who Really is Your Client?2013
PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Annual ConferenceUnderstanding Court Ordered Reassessments: The Allegheny County Example2013
ACBA Diversity Collaborative PanelFishing in Lake Diversity – A Panel Discussion on the Search for Diverse Attorney Candidates2013
ACBA Diversity Collaborative PanelConsidering the Rooney Rule and Other Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices for Small and Mid-Sized Firms2013
Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law Division Brown Bag Lunch SeriesHaving it All: A Positive Work/Life Balance Discussion2012
Allegheny County Bar Association, Bench BarReal Property Spotlight: Cases, Legislation, Regulations and of course…Reassessments2012
Doing Good Deeds...and Title WorkJoint Ownership of Property2011
Allegheny County Bar Association, Real Property SectionAllegheny County Reassessment Update2011
Top 10 Title Defects - Cured (CLE)Title Insurance2010
PBI Day of Real EstateCurrent Ethics Issues for Real Estate Lawyers2008
Law Practicum SeriesReal Estate Tax Assessment Appeals2008
Community Builders of Fayette CountyIntroduction to Nonprofits2007
Young Litigators SeriesReal Estate Tax Assessment Appeals2006