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James S. Tupitza

Real estate Attorney at West Chester, PA

4.5   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 48 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    45%
    Residential, Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Real Estate. Chair Real Estate Section of Bar Association since 1977. We have a related title insurance company for one stop shopping

    48 years

  2. Appeals
    10%
    Appeals to Commonwealth Court, Superior Court, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of the United States

    48 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    10%
    Commercial Real Estate Loan Documentation and Foreclosure.

    44 years

  4. Construction and development
    10%
    We have significant experience representing builders and families who have disputes with builders.

    48 years

  5. Land use and zoning
    10%
    Zoning, subdivisions, homeowner associations, condos.

    48 years

  6. Lawsuits and disputes
    10%
    We have years of experience with trials from jury trials, down to small claims court. The common denominator in most of our major trials is a real estate connection.

    48 years

  7. Oil and gas
    5%
    Marcellus Shale Gas Leases, Formation of entities to hold rights, Resolution of Conflicts between multiple owners of mineral rights.

    22 years

REAL ESTATE -- WE REPRESENT BUYERS, SELLERS AND DEVELOPERS. WE HAVE A FULL PIPELINE TEAM.

I have been a lawyer for over 45 years.  Most of that time was spent in cases touching real esate in some manner.  I handle real esate transactions, real estate litigation and zoning and development.  I am regularlyengaged in jury and non-jury trials, appeals to the Superior Court, Commonwealth Court and the Supreme Court.  In addition, I enjoy teaching numerous continuing legal education courses each year.  My firm is engaged by a significant number of Real Estate Brokerage companies and by tmembers of heir sales staff.  We handle "failure to disclose" cases and a good number of boundary disputes, including adverse possession and paper street issues.

I also handle estates, and business matters. 

In my spare time, I am an Assistant Scout Master and lead high adventure trips for the Boy Scouts. (My sons are all out of scouting, but I am an Eagle Scout and I love the program)

 

 

 

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2014 2013 2012
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Location

Tupitza & Associates, P.C.
212 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA, 19380

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kate | August 7, 2013
Jim was born to be a lawyer
When I first contacted Jim, I was absolutely stressed out over what to do with a (litigious, opportunistic) tenant that was threatening to sue me for her own financial benefit. As the lawsuit materialized, Jim's experience, insight, and wisdom kept me calm throughout the process (not an easy task...). I do not often take the time to review people or products unless they are absolutely exceptional, but I feel that the guidance I received from Jim was so spot-on that I would be doing him a disservice by not letting others know how good his practice is. His work resulted in the case being settled with no payment on my behalf. Specifically, the negotiation that Jim held with the plaintiff's attorney was exceptionally well thought-out and showed not only years of experience but an incredibly cerebral approach that included an thorough understanding of not only the law but human behavior in general. My particular experience with Jim was in the area of landlord/tenant law, but this is the first place I would start if I ever needed a lawyer again.
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Response from James Tupitza August 15, 2013
I appreciate the comment. This was a mold claim. They are always troublesome because very large financial demands are made, expert witnesses are needed, and there is usually no insurance to cover defense costs or eventual damages.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2011
Proven Performer
My partner and I have worked with Jim for years. We are in a field that is highly litigious; high risk and high reward. One of our best tools for success is a great lawyer. And boy we did find one. When trouble arises we call Jim immediately. From general legal advice to counsel in trial, his expertise is imperative and very evident. He is astounding. He is great trial lawyer, brilliant, amazing thinker…just basically our hero and part of our formula for success. We won’t do business without him.
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Posted by mark | January 23, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
None Better than Mr. Tupitza
I've been a landlord for over 30 years. Jim has represented me for the past 20. He's a clear thinker, knows real estate law better than anyone I know, and is a good straight shooter to deal with. I appreciate that he is a good judge of the clients knowledge and capability. Rather than bill needless hours, if he thinks I can handle a situation he will coach me on it and be there for further consultation if and when needed. Perfect for me. thanks Jim. Mark Serges
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Posted by Andrew | May 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best representation you can find
I hired Jim to prosecute a large real estate case - quieting my title in a $1 million property after a nasty partnership divorce and a hotly contested foreclosure. I have had my share of litigation with other lawyers, and did pretty well, but never left the courtroom after a trial so confident in my victory as I did with Jim on my side. A master of examination and cross-examination, a super-competent real estate law expert who also learns the case inside out during prep, Jim left no chance for the other side to meaningfully respond or recover from the repeated bashings he delivered. Not only did Jim score 10 out of 10 during the trial, but he filed a motion for sanctions in the middle of the trial which is now likely to get me a full or near-full recovery of all my legal fees in the case. Look nowhere else if you need a real estate lawyer who was born to be one. Contract or litigation, I am always coming back here.
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Posted by david | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very well versed on the law
We were totally impressed with Mr. Tupitza. It was a very stressful time for us. Mr. Tupitza was so down to earth and personable that he made us feel relaxed and confident. We think his knowledge of the law is unsurpassed. We would definitely recommend him to anyone needing legal advice or help.
Posted by Chris | March 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome experience
Jim was amazing. I am looking to buy new construction and I worked with Jim to review the contract and he spent a lot of time with me explaining the areas of concern and providing additional language to protect my wife and I against the builder from just taking our deposit at whim. We absolutely love the house, but this builder has a history of just taking people's deposits as a profit center, based on the language of their contract. I would absolutely recommend Jim to anyone looking to buy a new home and wanting to protect themselves against incredibly one sided agreements and legal loopholes that tie people's hands together once they have signed the contract.
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Posted by Gary | December 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I wish there were six stars......
From the moment I met Jim Tupitza, I knew I had found an amazing man of the law. I had questions on a new area of business, which has many gray areas, and Jim was astute beyond belief. I've worked with many lawyers through the years, but the combination of extreme wisdom and true humility I have never found.
Posted by Sherry | September 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
We hired Jim for a brief period to deal with a new construction purchase. Because of his prompt action, we were able to negotiate with the builder and saved a significant amount of money. Thank you!
Posted by Mohammad | August 7, 2015
Best lawyer
I have been a real estate investor/landlord for 15 years and had worked with a few different lawyers during that time and not so happy with the services that I received, until I was introduced to Jim, through a real estate agent friend, about 4 years ago. In the past 4 years, Jim has helped me with several Real Estate related issues and transactions and every time, the result was better than I expected, due Jim's professionalism, experience, attention to detail and compassion. What I admire most about Jim, is that he not only has the tenure and experience to know what it takes to win, but how much cares about his client's best interest. I am always amazed at how far he goes to protect his client's best interest. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone seeking only the best.
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Posted by crystal | July 14, 2011
Excellent Advice!
I needed advice regarding a judgement transfer, and James responded very quickly and with EXCELLENT advice. I followed every step he mentioned, and it has worked out perfectly for us! Thank you very much James!!
Posted by Jeanne | July 2, 2010
Knowledgeable and Easy to talk to
Attorney Tupitza advised me on a fallen tree issue following the storm of June 2010. He gave good advice and was very nice to communicate with. I would recommend him .
Posted by Joe | June 21, 2010
Thank You for your assistance
Mr. Tupitza was very informative and helpful to my Aunt. He has given her some hope for the first time in a while. Thank you or your help with this matter and I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance.
Posted by dsil83 | June 6, 2010
Great guy and a good man, very helpful, with no obligation at all.
Mr. James S. Tupitza answer a legal question about a landlord/tenant case. He was fast, informative, and overall very kind. He had no obligation to help nor did I pay him. But he still answer my legal questions and I very very very pleased with his service. I would definetly recommend this lawyer. If He helps people on here without paying him, then I am convinced he would be a honest and helpful attourney if were paying. Thanks again James, cant thank you enough.
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Posted by Bruce | March 17, 2010
Great Lawyer
Great job of preparation and execution all the way from trail before jury (with victory) , to Superior Court (another victory) to the Pa Supreme Court (another victory)
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Terrible
This law firm will be quick to take your money and then literally sit on your case for months or years. To take any action, they will then imform you their rates have gone up and they want more retainer $$. They did nothing on my case. Not even capable of writing a simple demand letter. An absolute waste of money.
Posted by Irene | July 7, 2013
Embarrasingly ill prepared
Based on the overwhelmingly good reviews on this web site, our family went forward with hiring Mr. Tupitza to represent our son in a small claims court case with his landlord in West Chester. I cannot express enough how ill prepared this attorney was when representing us in court. There were collectively 4 families who hired this attorney to represent their interests in court and it was such an embarrassing mess, that we immediately realized we would have been much better off representing ourselves. After meeting with the attorney once, we were never again in touch with him until the day we went to court. I would never work with this group again and I certainly would never recommend them to anyone needing attention to detail!
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Response from James Tupitza June 1, 2023
It distresses me that after 3 years someone would still be so angry that they would write this comment without first saying it to my face. On the other hand, I appreciate the criticism because it helps me improve the quality of services our firm provides. If everyone said only good things, I would be lulled into a false high opinion of myself. This was a small claims court case that we do not normally handle. One of four college roommates hired my firm to deal with a routine Landlord Tenant problem. Not much money was involved and the legal budget was low. I met with the client and went over the case. I did not take the time to have the client come up a second or third time from Virginia to prepare because it would have only generated fees and benefited no one. When younger, I tried this same fact pattern a hundred times. I was adequately prepared for trial. The small claims court judge simply decided to ignore the technicalities of the law and find for a local landlord against college students who were accused of totally trashing an apartment. What is critical is the fact that the landlord got a verdict for a small percentage of her demand. I suppose that anything short of an outright 100% victory is sometimes confused with a defeat. Obviously, I did a bad job of communicating with the client's mother after trial, and she is still obviously not happy with the result. For that I am sorry. We have discussed this situation at a staff meeting and have taken steps to address the issue. We try to explain to defendants that if someone is suing you claiming $12,000 in damages and the trial results in a $500 victory for them, your really won. Whether the trial is a LLT matter in small claims court, or a multi-million dollar trial in federal court, we prepare to go to trial and win. Unfortunately, we do not bat 1000.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Tupitza & Associates, PC
  • 1976 - Present

Education

  • Villanova University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1984
  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor - Juris Doctor
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Le V. Century 21 at the Helm
  • After three days of trial the case was settled for the broker's insurance poliy limits of $1 Million.
  • Le v. Luu Dang et al
  • $3.8 Million dollar verdict, including $1 M in punitive damages
  • Rengepes v. Sandringham, Inc
  • $0 to the Plaintiff $60,000 to our client for rent and attorney's fees
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Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Treasurer Real Property and Probate Section
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Chair Real Estate Section
  • 1978 - 2014

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Super Lawyer
  • Pa Super Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2019 Super Lawyer
  • 2019
  • 2018 Super Lawyer
  • 2018 Super Lawyer
  • 2018
  • 2017 Super Lawyer
  • 2017 Super Lawyer
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2016 Super Lawyer
  • 2016
  • PA Real Estate Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Pa Super Lawyer 2014
  • PA Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • PA Super Lawyer 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Boundary Law In Pennsylvania 2016
  • Disputes Between Neighbors over Boundarys
  • 2016
  • Pa Bar Institute
  • Liens on Real Estate
  • 2013
  • Residential Real Estate Documents by PBI
  • Deeds in Pennsylvania
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating with Builders
  • Construction Litigation
  • 2017
  • Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability
  • Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability
  • 2016
  • Boundary Law in PA
  • Adverse Possession, Landlocked Property, Easements,
  • 2016
  • Who's On First, Lien Priority
  • Lien Priority in PA
  • 2015
  • Delaware County Bar Association RE Section
  • Litigating with Home Improvement Contractors
  • 2015
  • Annual Agents Conference
  • Powers of Attorney
  • 2015
  • 2015 Real Estate Institute
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2015
  • Spring Bench Bar
  • Real Estate for Estate Practitioners
  • 2014
  • Real Estate Section Delaware County Bar Assn
  • Boundary Law and Private Roads
  • 2014
  • Real Estate Institute
  • Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act
  • 2014
  • Who's On First, Lien Priority in PA
  • Lien Priority and Divestiture
  • 2013
  • Real Estate Institute
  • Actions in Ejectment
  • 2013
  • Getting to Yes
  • Sales Motivation
  • 2013
  • Boundary Law in Pa
  • Disputes Between Adjoining Neighbors
  • 2013
  • New England Mortgage Expo
  • Dodd Frank Enforcement
  • 2012
  • Annual Real Estate Institute
  • Presenting a case to a Zoning Hearing Board
  • 2012
  • Suburban West Realtors Legal Committee
  • Risks of Short Sales and REO Purchases
  • 2011
  • PBI CLE in Pittsburgh
  • Litigating the Failure to Disclose Case
  • 2011
  • What's on Second, Advanced Lien Priority in Pa
  • Advanced Lien Priority and Lien Divestiture
  • 2010
  • Gulf Coast CLE Institute
  • Principles of Influence
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (22)
Endorse James
Real estate Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of real estate law. He is also very "available" and personable. He is the lawyer I refer all my clients to that have any real estate issue. I know they will receive excellent service. I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Tupitza impresses me for the passion and enthusiasm he has in providing high quality service to his clients. Mr Tupitza draws on a vast wealth of experience, and has the savvy to find a solution for his client's situation. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Mr Tupitza, knowing they will receive the high quality service they are seeking."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based on my first hand experience, I can say that Jim has the knowledge and compassion to be an excellent advocate for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Tupitza is an asset to the bar, and his contributions to this site demonstrate the strength of his knowledge and his passion for helping people with legal issues"
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a great man and a great lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Tupitza are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tupitza and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have had the privilege of reviewing many of her responses and comments to questions posted on Avvo. His answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information. I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Okay, I will admit I like attorney Tupitza - that's because his knowledge of the law relating to real estate is terrific. He has over a thousand published answers to questions on Avvo.com, dozens of published Legal Guides, the respect of his peers and endorsements by his clients, and his answers to all things real estate are dead on accurate and to the point. When an attorney sees another attorney doing a terrific job of helping people understand their rights and obligations, and doing it successfully for years, we not only respect the attorney, we like them too. If you have a real estate question and his office is anywhere near you, he is your answer. I highly recommend him to you."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is the type of lawyer I would refer to a close friend or family matter when they need to know the nuts and bolts of a real estate issue. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jim is a brilliant lawyer and speaker."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Endorsement: I endorse this lawyer's work. I am familiar with Mr. Tupitza from his many insightful and intelligent answers to questions posted on Avvo. Always willing to help out and give good concise answers. In the end, you may need to hire an attorney to get to the outcome you seek, but at least here you can get a good start with his informative answers, blogs, and legal guides."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. His answers on Avvo reveal a thoroughness and understanding of the subject matter, as well as empathy for the person asking the question."
Real estate Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for over thirty years in both a legal and personal capacity. Jim is one of the hardest working lawyers who never stops working on behalf of his clients. He is the go to guy when it comes to real estate issues both here in Chester County as well as around the state."
Real estate Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With any real estate issue that you may have, Jim is the most knowledgeable and experienced attorney i know in Chester County. I have first-hand l knowledge of many of the victories he has had for his clients in very complicated matters."
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West Chester Real estate Lawyer James S. Tupitza
James S. Tupitza
Real estate Attorney
West Chester, PA
Licensed for 48 years
Virtual consultation available