Kimberly S. Tague

Shareholder
P:(412) 281-5423
F:(412) 281-8264
E:ktague@smgglaw.com

Biography

Kimberly S. Tague is a Shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky and the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Group.  Ms. Tague’s practice area is real estate law including complex commercial and civil litigation.

Ms. Tague represents clients in a variety of real estate transactions including, acquisitions, sales, title issues, residential and commercial leasing, property management, landlord/tenant matters, planned community and condominium development and management, eminent domain, zoning and other land use matters.  She is highly skilled in real estate tax exemption applications and has successfully obtained tax exempt status for many clients. Ms. Tague represents developers and homeowner/condominium associations in business matters and in litigation; she is well versed in matters related to the Pennsylvania Planned Community Act and Condominium Act and the interplay between developers and associations.  She has extensive experience in landlord/tenant litigation on behalf of landlords for commercial and residential properties and is an approved Landlord/Tenant arbitrator for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Ms. Tague also counsels clients regarding land use matters including zoning and subdivision applications and appeals.

Ms. Tague manages a variety of civil and complex litigation matters, including contract disputes, real estate development litigation, title disputes, shareholder disputes, including derivative and minority shareholder claims, landlord/tenant cases, eminent domain and oil and gas litigation.

Ms. Tague is a licensed real estate broker and is the broker of record for Counsel Real Estate – a concierge real estate brokerage company.

Experience and Representative Matters

  • Represented real estate developers in litigation regarding condominiums and planned communities in disputes regarding construction, common area assessments and turnover of control of the association.

  • Represented commercial property developer in the successful development of an urban mixed use commercial building project in excess of $3m, including acquisition of land, leasing, financing, urban redevelopment, zoning and permitting matters.

  • Represented numerous charter schools and associated non-profit entities in the acquisition of more than $14m of properties throughout Western Pennsylvania including financing, land use issues, leasing, construction and title insurance.

  • Represented large national religious non-profit organization in restructuring its real estate portfolio to effectuate large scale lease project with a regional health care provider.

  • Represented various restaurant tenants in the negotiation of leases as well as a joint venture agreements with landlord for joint use of liquor license.

  • Represented numerous landlords and tenants in the leasing of office buildings, retail, warehouse and manufacturing facilities and successfully negotiated long term leases for those clients.

  • Successfully represented a property owner in eminent domain litigation and obtained a $1.35m verdict against the condemnor.

  • Successfully represented property owners and tenants in eminent domain proceedings and negotiation of business relocations.

  • Represented numerous property owners in real estate tax assessment and exemption appeals in cases involving major shopping centers, stand-alone commercial and industrial properties, public property and purely public charities resulting in financial savings in excess of $1m.

  • Successfully represented planned community association in the negotiation of a complex mutual property exchange and facilitated turnover of common areas with developer.

  • Represented property owners in review and negotiation of various easements, including restrictive covenants and conservation easements and in litigation regarding use and existence of easements.

  • Represented property owners in litigation with oil & gas companies regarding production from existing wells and in disputes regarding unitization of the land owners’ properties.

  • Successfully represented nonprofit companies, for profit companies and shareholders in various litigation matters regarding shareholder disputes.

  • Successfully negotiated buyouts and final resolutions of shareholder and business dissolution litigation on behalf of both corporations and shareholders resulting in savings to clients in excess of $500k.

Certifications

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, PA State Real Estate Commission

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section Member
    • Allegheny County Bar Association
      • Real Estate Section Member
      • Audit Committee
      • Pro Bono Center Volunteer
    • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Young Lawyer Fellow
    • Duquesne University Law School Board of Governors, Past-President
    • Duquesne University Law School Advisory Board
    • YW Homes Board of Directors, President

Recognition & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Real Estate, 2012-present
  • President, Board of Governors – Duquesne University Law School
  • Law School Advisory Board – Duquesne University Law School
  • President, Board of Directors, YW Homes – YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

 

Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University, 2004
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court