Margaret K. Sitko is a founding member of Sitko Bruno LLC. She concentrates her practice in the area of commercial real estate and general corporate and business law. Throughout her career, Maggi has represented a wide variety of clients including financial institutions, real estate developers, retailers, start-up businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Maggi began her career as an associate with a national law firm based in Pittsburgh, where she focused on commercial property financing, development and leasing. In 1990, Maggi became the in-house corporate counsel for a major regional wholesale/retail supermarket chain. During the next four years, Maggi had direct legal responsibility for the financing, sale, acquisition and leasing of the corporation's real estate, and structured real estate and finance transactions and conducted negotiations for a wide variety of business transactions.
In December of 1994, Maggi established her own law practice. In 2000, she joined Judy Bruno to form Sitko Bruno, LLC. Maggi continues to concentrate her practice on real estate development, financing and leasing. Her client base includes her former employer (a regional supermarket chain), regional and national developers, large banks, small businesses and several nonprofit organizations involved in low to moderate-income housing development projects and other real estate transactions. Maggi counsels her clients on all aspects of purchasing, selling and managing their real estate assets, and guides clients through asset acquisitions and dispositions, as well as a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions.
Judy Ann Bruno is a founding member of Sitko Bruno, LLC. Judy concentrates her practice in commercial real estate matters. Throughout her career, Judy has represented a wide variety of clients including national and regional financial institutions and developers.
Judy began her career with a major Pittsburgh law firm where she represented national and regional lenders and borrowers in various types of financing transactions, including real estate workouts. She also represented both sellers and buyers in various types of real estate transactions, and landlords and tenants in commercial office and retail leasing matters.
In 1992, Judy became in-house real estate counsel for a national financial institution. For the next four years, she managed the real estate group within the institution's legal department. In that position Judy structured and conducted negotiations for a wide variety of real estate financing, workout and other transactions. She had direct legal responsibility for all secured lending transactions, real estate acquisitions and dispositions and leasing matters. In 1996, Judy became Vice President and Manager of a division of the same financial institution. In that role, she had direct responsibility for managing the institution's real estate acquisition and disposition group, retail buildings group, environmental services and real estate tax administration area. Her position included managing a real estate portfolio of more than 800 sites and an operating budget in excess of $70 million.
Judy joined Maggi Sitko to form Sitko Bruno, LLC in 2000. Judy continues to concentrate on commercial real estate matters, including financing, development and leasing.
Patrick E. Sweeney began his legal career in 1988 as an associate with an international law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. His practice focused on all areas of commercial real estate law, and he represented institutional landlords, tenants, lenders, borrowers, parties to sale-leaseback transactions, developers and other parties to commercial real estate and general business transactions. In 1997, he was named partner in charge of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group.
In 2002, Pat left private practice to become General Counsel for a private investment group headquartered in Pittsburgh, where he oversaw the legal affairs of a family business and its private investments, and focused on real estate, corporate and estate and trust matters.
In 2004, Pat became of counsel to Sitko Bruno, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in commercial real estate transactions including commercial leasing, ground leases, purchase and sale agreements, commercial property development, construction contracts, easements and dedications and financing. Pat is routinely listed in the Best Lawyers in America.
Carole Miner Schuman has extensive experience in handling real estate matters, particularly in the area of commercial leasing. She also has handled the financing, acquisition and sale of shopping centers and other commercial real estate.
Carole primarily represents retail and office landlords and tenants in commercial leasing matters. Specifically, Carole has extensive experience handling real estate matters including representing landlords in the negotiation of leases with tenants such as Circuit City, Borders, Christmas Tree Shops, Linens 'n Things, BJ's Wholesale Club and Whole Foods, and has represented landlords in the negotiation of small store leases for malls, lifestyle and strip shopping centers.
In addition she has handled national retail store roll-outs for tenants such as a specialty consumer electronics retailer, a high-end furniture retailer, a high-end apparel retailer and an upscale shoe retailer, and has resolved several landlord/tenant disputes including CAM audits.
Also in her experience, Carole has successfully negotiated real estate-related management, operational and promotional contracts, and handled the office leasing for a major global financial services company as well as a hospital network.
Prior to joining Sitko Bruno, LLC, Carole was a partner at a major Boston law firm, where she was associated for more than 15 years. Carole also served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of New England Development, a developer, owner and manager of regional shopping centers, hotels and other properties.
Carole has lectured on various shopping center leasing topics at seminars sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, National Retail Tenants Association and ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers).
Shannon Smith Vukmir began her legal career as an associate with a major Pittsburgh law firm in 2004 where her practice ranged broadly from general liability to corporate compliance. Shannon joined Sitko Bruno, LLC in October 2006, where her practice is devoted to all aspects of commercial real estate. Shannon is a native of Pittsburgh.
SitkoBruno is a commercial real estate law firm located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offering creative, practical solutions in the practice of commercial real estate law, development, leasing, financing, title clearance and insurance, and sales and acquisitions.