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J. W. Alberstadt, Jr.

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Phone: (814) 870-7750
Fax: (814) 454-4647

100 State St #700
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

Jay Alberstadt is a senior partner with MacDonald Illig. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial and economic development ,and conventional and tax-exempt financing. He provides legal services to individuals, business entities, lending institutions, municipal authorities and development agencies. Mr. Alberstadt handles matters ranging from residential real estate transactions to detailed title and development issues. He also provides representation in commercial financings and tax-exempt municipal, industrial development and 501(c)(3) bond issues.  He is co-chair of the Firm's real estate practice group and chair of the firm's marketing committee.


J.D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University - Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1979

B.A., Gannon University - Erie, Pennsylvania, 1976
Magna Cum Laude

Bar & Court Admissions Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Memberships & Associations

Erie County Bar Association, President 2010
Board of Directors 2006-2011; President 2010

American Bar Association, Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member

Director, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

Director and Past President, Northwestern Legal Services

Director and Past President, Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services, Inc.

Director and Past President, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie

Director and Past President, Housing and Neighborhood Development Services

Trustee, Mercyhurst Preparatory School

Director and Past President, Early Connections, Inc.

Gannon University, Lecturer in Business Law

Director and Past Chairman, Erie County Bar Foundation

Director and Secretary, John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation

Director and Past President, ExpERIEnce Children's Museum

Director, Erie County Historical Society

Past Director, Perseus House, Inc. and L'Arche of Erie, Inc.

Selected for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law (2018)
Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Services Award Recipient, 1987-1988
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award Recipient, 2008
Erie County Bar Association President's Award Recipient, 2012
Catholic Charities Helping Hands Award Recipient, 2014
Gannon University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016
Listed in the Bond Buyers Municipal Market Place Guide® as nationally recognized bond counsel