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K&L Gates LLP welcomes David H. Ehrenwerth as a partner in its real estate investment, development, and finance practice.
February 5, 2013
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J.D., Harvard Law School, 1972
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1969, (Phi Beta Kappa;
magna cum laude
; Senior Man of the Year)
Bar of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Mr. Ehrenwerth’s practice involves a wide range of business matters and he has been particularly active in the fields of real estate development, finance, corporate transactions and the structuring of complex domestic and international joint ventures and limited partnerships. He has represented numerous real estate developers, closely-held entities, investment groups and lenders. He also has represented major hospitals and medical practices, foundations, entertainment ventures, and economic development organizations. Mr. Ehrenwerth has chaired both the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Committee on Real Estate Finance and the Real Property Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Mr. Ehrenwerth initially joined K&L Gates in 1974 and was elected to Partnership in 1979. He served for over a decade on the firm's overall management committee and as administrative partner for the Pittsburgh office. He returned to the firm in 2013 after serving from 2010-2012, by Presidential appointment, as Associate Commissioner of the United States Public Buildings Service and previously as Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration.
Mr. Ehrenwerth has served as Chairman of the Board of Montefiore University Hospital and has also served on the Boards of Presbyterian University Hospital, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pennsylvania Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the American Jewish Committee’s national Board of Governors. He has been a member of Fannie Mae’s National Advisory Council and has frequently lectured on real estate and business topics. He currently is a Board member of the Pennsylvania Economy League and Neighborhood Legal Services Association and he also serves as Vice-Chair of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.
Long active in political affairs, Mr. Ehrenwerth has advised numerous candidates and elected officials on a wide range of policy issues and has served on transition teams for two of Pennsylvania’s Governors. He currently serves as co-Chair of the Thornburgh Forum on Law and Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Selected by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers for several years, Mr. Ehrenwerth also is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Mr. Ehrenwerth has received the State of Israel Bonds Legal Division Award for distinguished service to the legal profession and the Jewish and civic communities of the Tri-State Area. He also was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Jewish Committee’s Human Relations Award for his efforts in support of international and intergroup relations.
By Presidential appointment, Mr. Ehrenwerth served from 2010 to 2012 as Associate Commissioner of the United States Public Buildings Service and previously as Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration. As Associate Commissioner, Mr. Ehrenwerth helped oversee the Federal Government’s national real estate portfolio of almost 400,000,000 square feet located in 10,000 properties. The Public Buildings Service is one of the largest and most diversified real estate organizations in the world. Mr. Ehrenwerth also served as the Agency’s Senior Recovery Act Official in which capacity he oversaw the expenditure of the $5.5 billion dollars allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the construction and energy-efficient renovation of a wide range of Federal buildings throughout the country.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Ehrenwerth served as an Assistant Attorney General of Pennsylvania and as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Crime Commission.
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