Michael J. Savona is a Shareholder in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning and Municipal Law practice groups. He is also an experienced trial and appellate attorney.
For nearly 20 years, Mike has served as solicitor to numerous municipalities and government agencies across the State of Pennsylvania. He has served as counsel to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, as well as solicitor to Northampton Township, Middletown Township, Lower Southampton Township, Warminster Township, Conshohocken Borough, the Borough of Hatboro and 9 different townships, boroughs, cities, and zoning hearing boards in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Mike also represents a consortium of Bucks County tax collectors, and has litigated cases on behalf of tax collectors who seek to preserve their right to fair compensation for the collection of real estate taxes throughout Pennsylvania, taking the issue all the way to the halls of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mike is a respected authority on the Municipalities Planning Code and the local land development process, and has guided his municipal clients in efforts to promote redevelopment, to foster "green" development initiatives, and to streamline the development review process in order to make his municipal clients an attractive place for new business to locate, develop and prosper.
As an appellate attorney, Mike has represented parties in ground-breaking cases before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania Superior and Commonwealth Courts, which made new law in the Commonwealth in areas as diverse as criminal law, marital property, tax collection and zoning and land development.Mike has lectured regarding the management of land development applications, zoning for economic redevelopment and the need to reinforce the system of real estate tax collection within the Commonwealth before the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Bucks County Zoning Officers' Association, and the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors' Association. He frequently serves as a continuing legal education faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.