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Pierce Richardson

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Mr. Richardson practices transactional real estate law. His practice is concentrated on real estate development (industrial facilities, office, distribution/logistics, healthcare, university and retail projects), including land acquisition, zoning and land development approvals, and utility, roadway and other infrastructure development. He handles office and industrial leasing for a variety of tenant and landlord clients, including national leasing programs for corporate tenants, and is responsible for the Firm’s global office lease portfolio. He represents owners and developers in connection with the development, acquisition and financing of power generation facilities and natural gas production and processing facilities. Mr. Richardson represents borrowers and lenders in a variety of real estate financing transactions, with an emphasis on project development. He serves as a practice group coordinator for the firm’s Real Estate Investment, Development and Finance Practice Group, is a member of the Firm’s opinion committee and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP).

Professional Background

Mr. Richardson has been with K&L Gates since 1986, and has been a partner since 1995.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2012-2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Real Property Section)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Western Pennsylvania Chapter of NAIOP – Education Committee and former member of Board of Directors
  • St. Winifred Parish Finance Council – Vice Chairman and a member of the Steering Committee working on the combination between St. Winifred and St. Anne Parishes.
  • Leadership Pittsburgh XIX
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

Speaking Engagements

  • “Tech Companies, Their Real Estate Needs and Their Impact on the Region”. NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, August 18, 2016 
  •  “Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Master Plan Updates”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, August 11, 2014
  • “Transforming Downtown - the Opportunities and Challenges of Adaptive Reuse”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, July 18, 2013
  • “Marcellus Shale Update”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, September 20, 2013
  • “Midstream Operations : Navigating Municipal Regulation”, K&L Gates Fifth Annual Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Seminar, April 27, 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Worldwide Corporate Real Estate Trends”, International Tenant Representation Alliance Spring 2012 Symposium, March 30, 2012 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Understanding Easements”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar, June 24, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Leasehold and Fixture Financing, Landlord Waivers and Subordinations – How to Get What You Want and Get What They Need”, ICSC Annual Law Conference, October 26, 2007 (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Represent Competitive Power Ventures in connection with the development of the Fairview Energy Center, a 1,050 MW natural gas and ethane-fueled two-by-one combined-cycle electric generating station near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that is currently under construction. Work included site selection advice, land acquisitions, zoning and land development plan approvals, and financing.
  • Represent Power of 32 Site Development Fund Partners and Strategic Investment Fund Partners, two sources of private sector real estate financing sponsored by the Allegheny Conference and funded by the Pittsburgh corporate and foundation communities, in all real estate loan activities. Recent loan transactions involved representing the P32 fund in making a $9 million loan to fund the construction of site improvements at the "Almono" mixed-use innovation hub in Pittsburgh and a $9.6 million loan to fund development of infrastructure improvements to support the redevelopment of a 35 acre site along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh.
  • Representing ITC Lake Erie Connector in connection with the development of a bi-directional electric transmission line connecting Canada and the United States across Lake Erie, including work relating to evaluation of alternative routes, site and right of way acquisitions, evaluation and pursuit of required zoning and land development approvals.
  • Represented Shell Chemicals in connection with the development of an ethane cracker petrochemical facility in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, including site acquisitions, transportation improvements, and obtaining conditional use zoning approval and land development approvals in contested proceedings.
  • Represented Allegheny Technologies Incorporated in connection with the $1.0B redevelopment of its Brackenridge, Pennsylvania facility, including land acquisitions, roadway and utility relocations, zoning and permitting and tax assessment appeals.
  • Represent the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on all real estate matters, including facility development and leasing, land acquisitions and project developments in the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Represent Imperial Land Corporation in the development of two industrial parks in the Pittsburgh airport corridor, including land sales, infrastructure development, TIFS and other development assistance programs.
  • Represented Chambers Street Properties, a NYSE-listed REIT, in connection with significant office lease transactions or build-to-suit projects in suburban Philadelphia, Houston, Katy, Texas, Celebration, FL, Miramar, FL and Burlington, MA
  • Represented a private real estate investor in the dispositions of a former Kmart store in Liberty, Missouri, a former packaging production facility in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a former Heinz production plant in Los Angeles and an industrial facility in El Paso, Texas.
  • Represent Carnegie Mellon University in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of properties surrounding its main campus.
  • Represented Arconic Inc. in the negotiation of its new headquarters lease.
  • Represented Alcoa Inc. in various real estate matters relating to the separation transaction between Alcoa Inc. and Arconic Inc.
  • Represent Google in connection with leases in Pittsburgh, Princeton and Boston.