Profile

Esch is a member of the Real Estate Group, a growing and collaborative team of professionals who take a practical approach to resolving real estate matters. Esch’s focus is on land use matters, for which he helps his clients navigate zoning, subdivision, land development, and other approvals and permits, including permits related to stormwater and road access. In addition to working with townships of all sizes, he frequently handles matters for clients developing property in more densely populated areas, such as the City of Harrisburg and the Commonwealth’s boroughs.

What does Esch do for Clients?

sch relies on legal expertise and municipal relationships to secure the best outcomes for his clients. He takes a practical approach with a focus on the big picture, so that his clients’ best interests are always what drives his strategy. He prefers a collaborative approach with the municipality because that usually leads to the best result for his clients. However, he is willing to create leverage and litigate when the situation calls for it.

Utilizing his legal and personal skills, Esch secures permits and approvals at the municipal, county and state level for his clients. He also conducts zoning due diligence in support of construction and M&A activity throughout the country. His clients operate in all business sectors. Broadly speaking, he represents commercial, industrial, institutional and residential developers and property owners.

What do Clients have to say about Esch?

“Esch is an extremely thoughtful attorney who can manage a wide variety of land use and real estate matters. I’ve had the privilege of teaming with him on multiple projects and he makes the process smooth and efficient. He is hard-working and I would recommend him to anyone with a land use issue that needs to be resolved effectively.” – Justin Doty, P.E., Vice President, Frederick, Seibert and Associates, Inc.

How does Esch spend his free time?

Esch is a member of the Firm’s Hiring Committee and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He also is a co-chair of the Firm’s Legal Equity Advancement Program and a co-editor of the McNees Land Use Blog. Esch volunteers with non-profits, most recently being named LLS’s Man of the Year for Central Pennsylvania and completing his second term as President of the Board of Directors of the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center. Esch resides in Hampden Township (Cumberland County) where he coaches youth sports and enjoys time with his wife, three children and their dog.

EDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Economics, 2003

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2014,  magna cum laude, Woolsack Honor Society, Penn State Law Review, Senior Editor

EXPERIENCE/REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Secured zoning, subdivision and land development approvals, and other related land use approvals and permits, including rezoning amendments, for warehouse and distribution centers; residential developments; urban redevelopment projects and mixed-use developments; affordable housing; restaurants, breweries and event venues; commercial developments; family-owned businesses; non-profits; pipelines and related oil & gas infrastructure; and solar infrastructure.

HONORS/AWARDS

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year for Central Pennsylvania, 2021

The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021

McNees Rising Star Award, 2020

40 Under 40, 2019

MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, Board of Directors, President of the Board: 2016-2020

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

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