Claudia Shank practices in the Firm’s Real Estate and Construction Group and the Public Finance & Government Services Group.
In her real estate practice, Claudia focuses on representing individuals and developers before municipalities in land use and permitting matters. Claudia also assists her clients in obtaining zoning relief, including variance, special exception and conditional use approvals. Experienced in the courtroom, Claudia is comfortable litigating land use appeals and other real estate disputes. Claudia also frequently assists clients in transactional matters, such as negotiating agreements for the purchase, sale or lease of commercial property.
In her work with the Government Services group, Claudia uses her experience as a former assistant county solicitor to help counties navigate a broad range of legal issues, including compliance with the County Code, the Sunshine Act and the Right to Know Law.
What is Claudia’s Approach to the Practice of Law?
Claudia believes the practice of law should be collaborative and focuses on problem solving and building consensus to resolve disputes. In situations where an amicable solution cannot be achieved, Claudia is a tireless advocate for her client’s interests. In her real estate practice, Claudia enjoys taking a team approach with clients and their consultants, including land planners and traffic engineers, to streamline the state and municipal approval process.
What does Claudia do for Clients?
How does Claudia spend her free time?
Claudia is a lifelong Lancaster County resident who can’t imagine living anywhere else. She is involved in the building industry, serving on the Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County (“BIA”), the BIA Government Affairs Committee, and on the Legal Action Committee for the National Association of Home Builders. Claudia is also a member of the property committee for the Lancaster YWCA. She is frequently asked to speak on a variety of topics impacting real estate developers and counties. Claudia lives in Pequea Township with her husband and three daughters. She is active in her church, James Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster, and likes to spend time outdoors hiking or gardening. Claudia also enjoys painting, creative writing, reading, and traveling.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2009
Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D., 2012
Lancaster County Building Industry Association, Board of Directors Governmental Affairs Committee
Lancaster Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Council
Lancaster Bar Association, Women in the Profession – Chair (2018-2021)
YWCA Lancaster Property Committee
National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Committee
Leadership Lancaster Core Class of 2020 Graduate
Building Industry Association (BIA) of Lancaster County, Young Professional Award , 2022
The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022