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.  Her clients throughout the country include public housing authorities, developers, nonprofits, for-profit owners and other recipients of HUD funds.

A major portion of Ms. Poltrock’s practice includes the representation of developers and public housing authorities in the financing and development of affordable multifamily and single-family housing, including mixed-finance developments and acquisition rehabilitation financing utilizing a variety of funding sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, HOME and CDBG funds, public housing and Section 8 funding sources, HUD-insured loans, tax-exempt bonds, state housing finance agency loan funds, and conventional financing.

Ms. Poltrock also regularly advises clients on statutory and regulatory issues, including compliance with the tenant-based and voucher-based housing choice voucher programs, 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, the Uniform Relocation Act (URA), and fiscal appropriations. She has also represented owners in mark-to-market restructuring transactions, as well as in the acquisition and sale of residential apartment complexes receiving various subsidies from HUD and Rural Housing.

Ms. Poltrock also has experience defending clients in HUD debarment actions and Office of Inspector General audits and investigations, FHEO investigations and reviews, and Labor Relations audits and reviews, as well as litigating cases in state and federal court, including Section 1983 claims. Ms. Poltrock also counsels clients on dispute resolution and litigation relating to government procurement processes and policies.

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