Kimberly S. Tague

Shareholder
P:(412) 281-5423   or   (412) 227-0295
F:(412) 281-8264
E:ktague@smgglaw.com

Biography

Kimberly S. Tague is a Shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, where she focuses her practice in real estate and complex commercial and civil litigation. She serves as the Chair of the Real Estate practice group.

Ms. Tague represents clients in various real estate matters, including transactions, acquisitions, sales, title issues, residential and commercial leasing, property management, landlord/tenant disputes, planned community and condominium development and management, eminent domain, zoning and other land use matters. She is highly skilled and experienced in community association law and works with many homeowners and condominium associations

Through her extensive experience in matters involving Pennsylvania Planned Community Act and Pennsylvania Condominium Act, Ms. Tague can represent homeowner/condominium associations or developers and with a holistic approach. She helps form associations through each step of the process, including the evolution of governing documents, including the declaration, bylaws and rules and regulations. In addition, she advises communities and condominiums with document interpretation, enforcement and amendments to existing governing documents.

Ms. Tague counsels association clients in neighbor to neighbor disputes, internal governance disputes, and disputes with unit owners and represents associations in disputes with the municipality and governmental agencies. She also uses her expertise to her advantage when representing associations and developers during the critically important turnover period whereby control of the community moves from the developer to an elected executive board comprised of unit owners.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Tague is a licensed real estate broker and the broker of record for Counsel Real Estate, a concierge real estate brokerage company. She also is an active member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Keystone Chapter, and serves on the Content and Communications committee, which is charged with publishing materials relevant to community associations.

She lives in Mt Lebanon with her husband, three children and rescue dog and enjoys practicing yoga and attending Pitt football games.

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
      Real Property, Probate & Trust Law 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

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Recognition & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Real Estate, 2020
    • Rising Star, Real Estate, 2012-2017

Education

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

Admissions

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