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John D. Scozio

Senior Counsel; Director and General Counsel of TR&A Abstract Company


One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Fax: 412.394.2555
Practice Areas
Banking & Financial ServicesReal Estate
Areas of Emphasis
Acquisitions & DispositionsCommercial & Residential DevelopmentJoint VenturesLeasingTitle Insurance
J.D., cum laude, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Allegheny County Bar Association

John D. Scozio

Senior Counsel; Director and General Counsel of TR&A Abstract Company

John D. Scozio  is a member of Clark Hill's Real Estate Practice Group. John's practice is devoted to a wide array of general real estate and business transactions, including the representation of landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, investors, developers, lenders, borrowers, entrepreneurs, retailers, suppliers, brokers, architects, and contractors in connection with business and real estate acquisitions and dispositions; real estate development and finance; commercial office and retail leasing; equipment leasing; business asset transactions; zoning and land use issues; construction loans, permanent financing and refinancing transactions; the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and other investment and operating entities; professional service and consulting agreements; construction and development contracts; supply and wholesaling arrangements; real property valuation and tax assessment appeals; environmental compliance and planning; and alcohol beverage licensing.

Over the course of nearly 20 years, John has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished attorneys in the region in the commercial leasing field, having represented countless landlords, tenants and developers in drafting and negotiating sophisticated leases of all types, including retail, restaurant, office, industrial and mixed-use. Often times handling his client's transactional needs from start to finish, including the project's development and construction facets, John has gained specialized insight into all of the relevant aspects of a commercial leasehold, and into issues not otherwise appreciated and addressed. 

John also serves as a Director and the General Counsel of TR&A Abstract Company, Clark Hill's Pittsburgh-based title insurance company, serving as a long-standing, authorized title agent for national underwriters such as Chicago Title Insurance, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance, Fidelity National Title Insurance and First American Title Insurance. John's practice and oversight within the title agency, including the provision of a full range of settlement services, allows for a seamless integration with many of the firm's real estate and finance clients. 


Regional representation of numerous shopping center owners and developers in the development, construction, financing and leasing of their projects, including the negotiation and drafting of complex leaseholds with national anchor tenants.

Representation of many local, regional and national retailers in connection with their purchase and/or lease of real property, equipment and inventory, as well as in connection with the day-to-day operation and management of their business affairs

Representation of several regional grocery retail chains in connection with ongoing wholesale and supply matters being conducted with several of the nation’s largest and most influential grocery wholesalers and encompassing a myriad of complex leasing, financing, refinancing, procurement, distribution, management, labor, bankruptcy, zoning and general real estate issues

National representation of one of the nation’s largest energy providers, together with its respective affiliates and subsidiaries, in connection with: real estate sales, acquisitions and financing; equipment, warehouse and general commercial leasing; professional service and consulting agreements; supply contracts; non-profit and charitable endeavors; maintenance and management agreements; asset purchase and sales agreements; natural resource/land use issues; auction and redispositioning arrangements; and consignment and inventory-management contracts
National representation of large-scale real estate development company relative to its ongoing purchases, construction, leases and eventual sales of Airborne Express facilities throughout the continental United States
Representation of many national, regional and local commercial real estate owners, developers and management companies in connection with acquisitions, sales, financing, refinancing, leasing, operations, and management of substantial commercial and residential developments; including shopping centers, shopping malls, commercial high-rises, condominium and townhouse developments, and large-scale, university apartment complexes, many of which are prominently located in downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding area

Representation of several high-profile hospitality groups in connection with the development, sale, purchase, financing, refinancing, leasing and management, as applicable, of many prominent restaurants and taverns located in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding area

General representation of influential, regional audio/visual technology company in connection with a wide variety of consulting arrangements, independent contracting relationships, and employment and professional service issues; including those relating to significant professional services recently performed in relation to the new Pittsburgh Convention Center, the Pittsburgh Cultural District renovations, and the construction of the new Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Representation of several well-known local and regional non-profit/charitable organizations in connection with both their preservation of tax-exempt status and their acquisition of such assets and real property as are necessary for their advancement of charitable purposes