Leigh A. Poltrock

Leigh A. Poltrock

Of Counsel

Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412.454.5026    Fax: 412.281.0717


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 nonprofit and for-profit owners in their project and community development efforts, including FHA-insured loans, Section 8 project-based and tenant-based subsidies, and 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 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 Section 1983 claims. Ms. Poltrock has represented clients in the sale of company assets and the restructuring of limited partnerships and has 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.


  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Member of the Pitt Law Team that participated in the Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
  • B.A., English, Franklin & Marshall College

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas