Alyssa E. Golfieri

Area of Emphasis

Alyssa Golfieri is an associate in the Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Golfieri’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law, with an emphasis on zoning, subdivision, land development, and municipal ordinance enforcement.

Ms. Golfieri represents the Firm’s municipal clients on a wide array of local government issues, including the preparation of zoning and land development ordinances pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the processing of land development applications, responses to record requests submitted under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, navigation of public bidding matters, abatement of property maintenance issues, defense of Notices of Violations before zoning hearing boards and magisterial district judges, and compliance with both the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Ms. Golfieri has also served as assistant solicitor for several years, and is currently the solicitor for the Borough of Ford City.

Additionally, Ms. Golfieri represents private landowners, corporations, and businesses before local governing bodies, zoning hearing boards, and planning commissions. In doing so, Ms. Golfieri assists private-sector clients analyze municipal zoning ordinances, obtain land development approvals, file Right-to-Know Law requests, defend against Notices of Violation, challenge the procedural and substantive validity of municipal zoning ordinances, and appeal the issuance or denial of local permits.


Ms. Golfieri earned her B.S. in Crime, Law and Justice, with an emphasis in legal studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Golfieri actively participated in the Urban Development Clinic where she earned a Distinction in Clinical Work and gained experience in preparing property tax assessment appeals, drafting deeds, resolving tangled property title issues and combatting blighted and abandoned properties in the surrounding community.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. Golfieri is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania as well as before the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Golfieri is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and participates in the Association’s Municipal and School Solicitors Section. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar associations.

  • Co-Author, “Established Evidentiary Standards for Special Exception Applications,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 24, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Governor Signs Act Authorizing Municipalities to Provide Fire and EMS Volunteers with Tax Credits,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 10, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Commonwealth Court Reiterates Standards When Interpreting Zoning Ordinances,” The Legal Intelligencer, October 21, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Nonconforming Use Certificates Cannot Extinguish a Nonconforming Use,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 29, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “What Constitutes a Zoning Map Change for Notice Requirements,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 29, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Municipality’s Obligation to Process Development Plans in Good Faith,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 24, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Safeguards Against Adverse Zoning Ordinance Activities; Land Use and Planning,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 18, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Excessive Zoning and Land-Use Fees Subject to Legal Challenge,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 18, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “High Court Clarifies Standing Requirements Before Zoning Bodies,” The Legal Intelligencer, December 29, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “A Governing Body’s Authority to Condition Land Development Plan Approval,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 3, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Content Neutrality in the Government Regulation of Free Speech,” The Legal Intelligencer, September 1, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Excessive Zoning and Land-Use Fees Subject to Legal Challenge: Land Use and Planning,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 7, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “EEOC Rules Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation is Sex Discrimination under Title VII,” Employment Bulletin, July 1, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Individual, Collective and Class Action Suits Alleging Misclassification of Oil and Gas Industry Workers Flood the Dockets,” Employment Bulletin, June 1, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Pa. Supreme Court Continues to Clarify Property Right Protections: Land Use & Planning,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 28, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Offer Clarity on the Scope of Local Tax Enabling Act’s Prohibition Against Taxing Leases or Lease Transactions,” The Public Record, April 6, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “United States Supreme Court to Offer Clarity on a Municipality’s Ability to Regulate Different Forms of Noncommercial Speech,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Established Ordinance Interpretation and Special Exception Standards; Land Use and Planning,” The Legal Intelligencer, December 16, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Appropriate Use Variance Standard,” The Legal Intelligencer, October 21, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Government Interest in Railroad Rights-of-Way,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 26, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Municipalities Can’t Treat Methadone Facilities Differently From Clinics,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 10, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “Safeguards Against Adverse Zoning Ordinance Activities,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 18, 2014.
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Supreme Court Expands on Nollan and Dolan Takings Decisions,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 5, 2013.
  • Co-Presenter, “Presenting to a Zoning Hearing Board in the Burbs,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, February 2013.