Stephen S. Aichele

Steve Aichele is a highly regarded attorney in Pennsylvania whose 35-year legal career has focused primarily on real estate development, from a project’s inception, through approvals, financing, construction and management.

From January 2011 through October 2013, Steve served in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration, first as General Counsel and then as Gov. Corbett’s Chief of Staff. As General Counsel of the Commonwealth, he provided personal counsel to the Governor and ran the 500-attorney Office of General Counsel, which served the legal needs of the entire Executive Branch of Government. As Chief of Staff, Steve managed the day to day operations of the Governor’s Office and the Executive Branch. After heeding the call to public service, Steve returned to Saul Ewing in November 2013 as a partner in the Real Estate Practice. Before leaving Saul Ewing to work in the Corbett administration, Steve held several leadership roles, including serving as Managing Partner and as the Firm Chairman.

Steve has represented major developers, lenders, and governmental entities in land use, zoning, development, financing, construction, and leasing. He has participated in the acquisition, development and management of numerous major real estate projects throughout Pennsylvania.

Some of Steve's representations have included:

  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority in a $800 million dollar expansion encompassing an entire city block.
  • A major regional health care provider in the $150 million expansion of one hospital and the “greenfield” development of an entirely new hospital and ambulatory care facility.
  • The owner of an 1,800-acre tract in rezoning, land use approvals, and disposition of land. This eight-year process involved creative use of "Unified Development District" zoning to create 700 acres of public open space, as well as mixed use areas consistent with the latest land use practices.
  • The owner of a 125 acre "brownfields" project in rezoning, land use approvals, financing, and development of an abandoned steel plant property. The Unified Development District includes residential, office, commercial and retail, and hotel uses on a redevelopment site in the middle of a borough vacated by the failed steel plant.
  • One of the nation's largest defense contractors in negotiations with the Commonwealth, County, and local governments and agencies to expand facilities, establish rights with respect to road and Turnpike access, and obtain rezoning to enable disposition of certain parcels.
  • One of the nation's largest REITs in obtaining land use approvals and development of a 1,000,000 square foot warehouse facility in central Pennsylvania and in establishing a Keystone Opportunity Zone (with attendant land use approvals) in northeast Pennsylvania.
  • One of the largest national retail mall developers/owners in the development, financing, and/or expansion of three regional malls within Pennsylvania. One mall expanded from 500,000 to 1,100,000 square feet. This involved a road improvement project that required acquisition of rights from 65 neighboring land owners, including seven condemnations.

Before joining Saul Ewing, Steve served more than four years active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve after 25 years of total service with the rank of Captain.

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