Dawn M. Tancredi

Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Dawn M. Tancredi focuses her practice on zoning and land use, complex real estate transactions, real property taxes, municipal code enforcement and eminent domain. Ms. Tancredi's experience includes preparing briefs and arguing before Pennsylvania's appellate courts.
Ms. Tancredi is a regular speaker on issues in her practice area. Her presentations include serving as guest speaker at Drexel University's College of Engineering where she discussed “Public Restrictions on Ownership,” testifying by invitation of the Philadelphia City Council regarding demolition regulations and lecturing at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Seminar “Overview of the New Philadelphia Zoning Code.”
Ms. Tancredi has written numerous articles including “Strike, You're Out! How Zoning Codes are Being Invalidated” which was published in the Expert Analysis section of Law360 and “Philadelphia Demolition Regulations: One Year Later” which was published in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.
Her representations include:
•Obtaining zoning approvals for largest Buddhist monastery on East coast. Three acre site in Philadelphia included approvals for five buildings for religious worship, dormitories and crematory.
•Arguing to the Court of Common Pleas that the Board of Revision of Taxes should have accepted a late application for a market value appeal as though it were timely filed, saving the taxpayer more than $50,000.
•Drafting and reviewing transactional documents for complex deals involving multiple properties and reverse 1031 exchanges.
•Assisting client in obtaining 10-year extension of KOEZ status of property.
Ms. Tancredi was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as a 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Star - which recognizes the top 2.5% of up-and-coming lawyers in Pennsylvania based on peer recognition and personal achievement.
She is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate, or “LEED GA,” which certifies her as having knowledge about Green Building requirements.
In addition, she is a volunteer for Philadelphia VIP, an organization that promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available. She was recognized for her work by the First Judicial District as a member of the 2013 and 2014 Pro Bono Rolls of Honor.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tancredi was a shareholder at another Philadelphia law firm. Prior to that, she was a successful solo practitioner. Ms. Tancredi began her career clerking in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. While in law school, she served as the note/comment editor of The Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.

Related Firm News
Dawn Tancredi Quoted on Philly.com on Philly Zoning Board of Adjustments Approvals of New Zoning
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Dawn Tancredi Served as Co-planner of the Philadelphia Bar Association Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee Meeting
Dawn Tancredi quoted on Philly.com on appeal win of a Licenses & Inspections decision
Dawn Tancredi quoted on Philly.com on demolition of old armory facing heightened scrutiny
Dawn Tancredi Joins Obermayer

Related Articles Publications
Philadelphia's Demolition Regulations: One Year Later
Strike, You're Out! How Zoning Codes Are Being Invalidated

Related Presentations
Dawn Tancredi Speaks at Drexel University
Dawn M. Tancredi Served as Co-Planner of the Philadelphia Bar Association Zoning, Land Use & Code Enforcement Committee Meeting

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Areas of Law

  • Business & Finance
  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Land Use


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in Pennsylvania
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Law School Attended

Temple University Beasley School of Law
Class of 2000

University Attended

St. Joseph's University
Class of 1996

Associations & Memberships

Professional & Community Activities
Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association
Co-Chair, Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee, Philadelphia Bar Ass... More

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Dawn M. Tancredi
One Penn Center 1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 19th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1895


Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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