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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 (retail, office, commercial and industrial facilities), including land acquisition, zoning, subdivision, utility, roadway and other land development matters, property acquisitions and sales, leasing, and all aspects of real estate finance. He has represented national developers in connection with the development of retail and commercial centers, office buildings and light industrial facilities, and has represented purchasers and sellers of regional shopping centers, office buildings and industrial properties. Mr. Richardson has experience in the acquisition or disposition of heavy industrial facilities, including the creative use of subdivision, easements, licenses and other techniques to accomplish the separation of industrial facilities into multi-user properties, and has represented owners and developers of power plant projects in connection with the development, acquisition and financing of power generation facilities. Mr. Richardson has represented lenders and borrowers in a variety of real estate financing transactions. He represents landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing matters, focusing on office and light industrial facilities. He also serves as a practice group coordinator for the firm’s Real Estate Investment, Development and Finance Practice Group.

Mr. Richardson is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System.

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, 2012-2014

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (Real Property Section)
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Western Pennsylvania Chapter of NAIOP – Former member of Board of Directors
  • St. Winifred’s Church Parish Finance Council – Vice Chairman
  • Leadership Pittsburgh XIX
  • International Council of Shopping Centers

Speaking Engagements

  • “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)
  • “Marcellus Shale Update”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, March 17, 2011
  • “Understanding Easements”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar, June 24, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Municipal Regulation of Oil and Gas Production”, K&L Gates Third Annual Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Seminar, April 27, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Practicing Green: Sustainable Real Estate and the Growth of Green Buildings”, Allegheny County Bar Association CLE, April 20, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Marcellus Shale Update”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, February 18, 2010
  • “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)
  • “Litigation and Enforcement of Easements”, Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, April 30, 2007
  • “Eminent Domain Update”, NAIOP Pittsburgh Educational Program, January 26, 2006
  • “Decoding Insurance: How to Understand Everyday Insurance Issues”, ICSC Law Conference, October 28, 2005 (Phoenix, AZ)