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Leigh A. Poltrock

Leigh A. Poltrock is of counsel in the Affordable Housing and Community Development Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. Ms. Poltrock concentrates her practice on multifamily affordable housing development, and the administrative, regulatory, litigation and general corporate matters that arise in connection with these projects.

Ms. Poltrock has represented housing authorities on statutory and regulatory issues, including compliance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, the Moving to Work Program, the Uniform Relocation Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Head Start regulations and fiscal appropriations. She also regularly represents private non-profit and for-profit owners in their project and community development efforts, including FHA-insured loans, Section 8 project-based and tenant-based subsidy, HOME and CDBG funding. She also has represented owners in mark-to-market restructuring transactions, as well as in the sale of residential apartment complexes receiving various subsidies from HUD and Rural Housing.

Ms. Poltrock also has extensive experience defending clients in HUD OIG, FHEO, Regional Counsel, and Labor Relations audits and reviews, as well as litigating cases in state and federal court, including §1983 claims. Ms. Poltrock has represented clients in the sales of company assets, the restructuring of limited partnerships, and counseled them on daily operations after a change in leadership or ownership. She also focuses on dispute resolution and litigation relating to government procurement processes and policies, construction contracts, software agreements and licenses, and utility rates and services.

Prior to joining Pepper, Ms. Poltrock practiced with Cohen & Grigsby in Pittsburgh. Before that, she was general counsel for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Ms. Poltrock’s speaking engagements include:

  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, “New and Hot Reasonable Accommodations Issues for 2013: Assistance Animals, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and More,” October 25, 2013
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, (three presentations), “The 504 Review and You – What to Do When FHEO Comes Knocking;” “Everything Your Outside Counsel and Legal Consultant Wish You Knew;” and “Fair Housing: Practice and Partnerships to Uphold Your Obligations,” October 25-26, 2013
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Professional Development System (NPDS) Webinar, “Fair Housing Updates: How Is Your Organization Impacted?,” August 29, 2013
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, Washington, D.C., “Project Based Vouchers: A Program Matures,” Moderator, May 22-24, 2013
  • Western Pennsylvania Housing Directors Association, Blairsville, Pennsylvania, “Fun with FHEO: Compliance Reviews and Investigations,” April 23, 2013
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, (two presentations): “Avoiding HUD OIG Scrutiny in Your Project-Based Section 8 Voucher Projects: Pitfalls & Strategies,” and “Managing the PHA, Section 8 Landlord, and Section 8 Participant Relationships: Key Legal Provisions of the HAP Contract, When Can a PHA Withhold Payment, and Breaches of the HAP Contract,” October 29, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) Annual Fall Conference, Erie, Pennsylvania: “Records Retention: Managing Your Agency’s Records and Electronic Data,” September 13, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) Summer Conference, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania: “PA Open Records Act – New Developments in the Law and Best Practices for Compliance and New ADA Standards for Accessible Design,” June 21, 2012
  • Western Pennsylvania Housing Directors Association, Tarentum, Pennsylvania: “Legal Update and Legal Round Table: Smoking Policies,” February 28, 2012
  • Southeast Regional Conference (SERC) of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Point Clear, Alabama: “HUD Audits Workshop: What We’ve Learned and What You Need to Know About the OIG and FHEO,” November 6-8, 2011
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, St. Louis, Missouri: “Hot Topics in Public Housing and §8 Administrative Hearing Processes: ‘One Strike,’ Reasonable Accommodations, Grievances and More,” October 24, 2011
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Conference, Louisville, Kentucky: “Recent HUD Audits: What We’ve Learned,” July 28, 2011
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, Reno, Nevada: “Recent HUD Audits: What We’ve Learned,” November 1, 2010
  • Florida Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO) Executive Director’s Retreat, St. Pete Beach, Florida: “Opportunities in Affordable Housing in the Recession,” May 19, 2010
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, Washington, D.C.: “‘Ace-ing’ Legal Procurement Issues: Recognizing and Resolving Legal Procurement Issues Prevalent in Today’s Contracting,” October 5, 2009
  • Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) Annual Legislative Conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: “Legal Update,” February 11, 2003
  • Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) Annual Legislative Conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: “Legal Update,” February 6, 2001
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) Annual Fall Conference, Phoenix, Arizona: “Selected Legal Issues in Developing and Implementing Successful Anti-Drug Strategies,” October 30, 2000.
Ms. Poltrock’s recent publications include:
  • “New ADA Standards for Accessible Design Will Strongly Affect Owners and Developers of Real Estate,” published in the Real Estate Law360 (May 15, 2012)
  • “New ADA Standards for Accessible Design Will Strongly Affect Affordable-Housing Providers,” Pepper Hamilton Housing Client Alert (March 22, 2012)
  • “Disparate Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act Remain Viable as Case Is Removed from Supreme Court Docket,” co-authored with Steve Harvey, Pepper Hamilton Housing Client Alert (March 22, 2012)
  • “Going Green Without Going Broke – Combating the Green Premium,” published on HousingZone.com (March 2009) and later linked in LouisvilleHomesBlog.com (January 2010)
  • “Pennsylvania’s New Right-to-Know Law,” Affordable Housing News Alert (January 2009)
  • “Gaining an Edge By Going Green,” Affordable Housing News Alert (July 2008)
  • “Changes in Oversight for Section 3 Compliance,” Affordable Housing News Alert (February 2008).
Ms. Poltrock is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and serves on NAHRO’s national Community Revitalization & Development Committee. She is a past member of the Allegheny County Landlord-Tenant Advisory Committee and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Ms. Poltrock earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996, where she was member of the Pitt Law Team that participated in the Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. She earned a B.A. in English from Franklin & Marshall College in 1991.

Ms. Poltrock is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.



Education
B.A. 1991 Franklin & Marshall College
J.D. 1996 University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania


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