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Alisa N. Carr


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Alisa N. Carr is a Partner with Leech Tishman and is both a real estate transaction lawyer and an experienced litigator with a track record of successful results for clients. A member of the Litigation, Real Estate and Energy Practice Groups, Alisa focuses her practice on litigation, arbitration and mediation before federal and state courts and administrative and regulatory agencies with an emphasis on real estate, ADA Title III and FHA defense, oil & gas, zoning, landlord/tenant issues, land use and construction law.

Alisa has assisted clients with a broad range of issues, including:

  • Obtaining successful settlements, verdicts or summary disposition in actions asserting breach of contract, negligence, fraud, premises liability, declaratory judgment, insurance coverage, agency, zoning, land use, landlord/tenant, ADA Title III, commercial and residential mortgage foreclosures, construction, eminent domain, receiverships, easements, quiet title, ejectment, boundary disputes, title insurance and title claims
  • Representation of public accommodations in preventive counseling and defense of ADA Title III architectural barrier, website and auxiliary aid actions. Representative clients include:
    • E-commerce companies
    • Financial institutions
    • Fortune 500 companies
    • National retail chains
    • Property developers
    • REITS and shopping mall owners
    • Restaurant chains
  • Representation of exploration and production companies, mineral management organizations and landowners in oil and gas lease preparation and negotiation, surface use agreements, pipeline rights of way, easements and compensation for structures ancillary to operations and transportation, landowner relations, title review and the acquisition, assignment and transfer of mineral interests and leases, disputes concerning access to leased land, injunctions, easements and rights of way, title defense, title claims, surface coal permits, subsurface oil and gas ownership rights, DOGA Petitions, surface and subsurface title review
  • Negotiation, preparation and review of leases, permanent and construction easements, rights of way, deeds and assignments
  • Representation of commercial property owners in zoning, assessment appeals, PILOT Agreements, PURTA and property tax exemption hearings including; manufacturing facilities, multi-unit apartment buildings, automobile dealerships industrial warehouses, churches, schools, railroads and medical facilities

During the course of her career, Alisa has assisted commercial and residential landlords, property management companies and development companies with a broad range of issues, including:

  • Representation of commercial and residential landlords in lease preparation, tenant issues, eviction proceedings, ADA Title III and Fair Housing Act defense
  • Working with property managers, staff and property owners to establish and implement internal procedures and policies to minimize financial risks
  • Arbitration, mediation and trial of claims regarding tenant eviction and possession, including unpaid rent, property damage, breach of lease terms, on site criminal activity, hazardous activities, unauthorized pets, comfort animals and abandonment of property
  • Defense of property owners with respect to claims asserted by tenants and third parties in both civil and criminal courts, health departments, the Public Utility Commission and before City and County housing agencies regarding eviction, security deposits, personal property, unfair trade practices, utilities, inhabitability, access, discrimination and retaliation
  • Representative properties include:
    • Industrial facilities
    • Office buildings
    • Public Housing
    • Shopping centers
    • Single and multi-unit residential buildings
  • Attendance at grievance conferences for owners of public housing
  • Representation of property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors in breach of contract, negligence, mechanic’s lien, prevailing wage, ADA Title III access, contractor and subcontractor payment claims


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.A., Miami University

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Various state and federal courts pro hac vice

Professional Memberships

Allegheny County Bar Association
National Apartment Association - Western PA Chapter
International Council of Shopping Centers ICSC
Third Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association
Women's Energy Network


Making the ADA Accessible for Landlords and Tenants; ICSC US Shopping Center Law Conference (2017)

Why Your Website Needs to be ADA Compliant - Texas Association of Realtors Annual Conference; Florida Association of Realtors Annual Conference (Speaker, 2017)

District Court Concludes Plaintiffs Have Met Their Preliminary Burden That a Website Is A Place of Public Accommodation – Leech Tishman Client Alert (Author, 2017)

New Website Accessibility Lawsuits Filed in Pittsburgh As Courts Offer Conflicting Analysis – Leech Tishman Client Alert (Author, 2017)

Is your Website ADA Compliant? - National Association of Realtors, Mid-Year and Annual Legislative Conferences (Speaker, 2016) and LTFL client webinar

ADA Accessibility in the Built Environment; (Speaker, 2016)

ADA Title III and the Fair Housing Act; a review of recent case law; Pa. Continuing Legal Education seminar (Speaker, 2016)

Does your Parking Lot Pose a Risk to Your Business? A Primer on ADA’s Revised Accessibility Requirements; September 15, 2016 Foodservice East (Author)

Pipeline Easements and Rights of Way; Kinetic seminar (Speaker, 2015)

Oil and Gas Interests, Assets and Issues for Family Lawyers; Seminar, Allegheny County Bar Association (Speaker, 2015) )

Fundamentals of Horizontal Fracking and Land Use Issues; client in-house seminar (2015) )

Real estate firms face legal challenges over websites' ADA compliance; Interviewed and quoted, Chicago Tribune article by Kenneth R. Harney (May 11, 2016)

Advocates for the disabled find fault in many realty websites, May 11, 2016 Washington Post article by Kenneth R. Harney (Interviewed and quoted)

Various client alerts cconcerning ADA Title III e-commerce, accessibility and barrier issues and litigation

Various client alerts concerning oil and gas development, easements and property ownership

Community Involvement

Boardlink- Duquesne University Non-Profit Institute (Providing free legal services to local non-profits)
Community College of Allegheny County (Guest Teacher)
CORO- Women in Leadership, Class XII (Graduate)
Duquesne University Non-Profit Leadership Academy (Graduate)
Executive Service Corps of Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust- Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater (Member, Advisory Board of Directors)
Pittsburgh Public Schools Magnet School Program (Guest Speaker)
United Way (Member, Grant Assessment Team)
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Moot Court (Judge)