Stephen also counsels small businesses, start-ups and non-profit clients on various general corporate and commercial matters,including entity formation, acquisition, merger, dissolution, drafting and reviewing various types of agreements, leasing and other real estate transactions, intellectual property issues, regulatory compliance, and fundraising and financing issues.
Prior to joining High Swartz in early 2018, Stephen was an Associate at Tucker Arensberg in Pittsburgh. He has an interest in entrepreneurship and start-up culture, and is himself a co-founder of a custom menswear brand, Moda Matters, based out of Philadelphia. He is also a member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization of lawyers whose ancestry is Italian.
I was considering contesting my property taxes and emailed High Swartz with some basic information to see if it was worth pursuing. Stephen Zaffuto responded quickly with both great information and evidence of his having done some research on my specific situation. He gave me great counsel quickly, which is rare and much appreciated. – Benjamin M.
I needed an attorney that could help me with my Zoning Board Hearing. I had a complicated situation that involved new residential construction in an AE flood zone. I needed to request zoning relief for several items to build my home. After two consultations, I decided to hire Stephen to assist me with my complex journey. I was a little nervous because I went with the attorney who did not have experience in my township. I pre-judged him but boy did he prove me wrong. Stephen exceeded my expectations. He followed up in a timely manner, collaborated with my architect, engineer, and Township officials to make sure we were well prepared for my hearing. Five minutes into my hearing, I could tell that Stephen was prepared and ready to present my case (he was in full lawyer mode and ready to go😀). To make matters worse, I had an unhappy neighbor who opposed and sent a 3-page email that we were presented with only hours before the hearing. During the hearing the neighbor also interrogated every witness, but Stephen was able to handle every obstacle thrown at us; he was very professional and knows his stuff. Before the decision was made, I told Stephen that win or lose I was very happy and impressed with his services. I really meant that because he presented one heck of a case and I knew that if I didn’t win it wasn’t because of his doing. In the end, Stephen was able to get me APPROVED for all seven of my zoning relief requests. I’m so grateful for him as this has allowed me the opportunity to rebuild on my grandparent’s property and continue their legacy. I would recommend him for any of your real estate/zoning needs. Competitive rates. – Tammy L.