Charles R. Brodbeck

Charles R. Brodbeck



Bar/Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1974


  • J.D. (Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal law and Criminology), Northwestern University, 1974
  • B.A., Economics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Princeton University, 1971

Charles R. Brodbeck


Chuck served as President of the Firm from 1994 – 1999. His practice is devoted primarily to finance and real estate with more than 37 years of experience. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for public finance and real estate and in Philadelphia Magazine’s“Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” for bonds and government finance. Additionally, he was named  “Pittsburgh Public Finance Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America.

Areas of Concentration

Chuck focuses his practice in:

  • Finance/Banking with an emphasis on governmental, higher education, healthcare and tax-exempt financing
  • Real estate development and commercial leasing
  • Representation of nonprofit organizations and their boards, particularly on mergers, sales and other significant events.

Representative Transactions

Representative transactions include:

  • Representation of an auditorium authority, as bond counsel, on bond issues in 1999 to fund two stadiums and a convention center expansion
  • Representation of a redevelopment authority, as bond counsel, on special tax development bonds to provide funds for economic development
  • Representation of a major state agency on over $500,000,000 of forward interest note swaps
  • Representation of a major state agency in drafting its “base” trust indenture to govern future financings
  • Representation of charitable organization involved in sale of nonprofit hospital to for profit entity and assisting surviving charity in establishing charitable foundation
  • Representation of independent committee of board of directors of nonprofit organization in sale to for profit entity
  • Representation of real estate investors in purchasing properties leased to credit tenants such as Wal-Mart and CVS
  • Representation of local government units and developers on financings secured by tax increment from real estate development project

Representative Presentations

  • Author, “Now May Be The Time – Reconsidering the Use of Variable-Rate Debt Due to New Rules of the Federal Home Loan Bank System,” Assisted Living Success (March 2000)
  • Co-Author, “Sale of a Nonprofit: Obligations and Legalities,” Physician’s News Digest (September 1997)
  • Author, “Critics Misunderstand Tax Increment Financing Uses,” Pittsburgh Business Times (August 4-10, 1997)

 Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Participated as a speaker at a seminar of the Federal Home Bank of Pittsburgh on “Municipal Finance – Legal Considerations” on May 19, 2010 (Pittsburgh) and on May 26, 2010 (Philadelphia)
  • Participated as a speaker at a seminar of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers on “FHLB Confirming Letter of Credit Program” in May 2009
  • Participated as a speaker at the Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities on the subject of “Tax Increment Financing”
  • Participated as a speaker at a seminar of Western Pennsylvania Community Accountants on “Topics for Effective Operation of a Nonprofit – Directors’ Obligation and Tax Exempt Financing” on October 29, 1998

Civic and Charitable Organizations

  • Board Member and immediate past Chairman of the Board, Phipps Conservatory
  • Board Member and Vice Chair, Eye & Ear Foundation
  • Past Board Member, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children