Michael T. Korns is Senior Counsel with the law firm of Maiello, Brungo and Maiello, LLP. Michael focuses his practice on school and municipal law, with a particular focus on issues related to land use, zoning, and eminent domain. He serves and has served as solicitor for a number of municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and zoning hearing boards. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable in the Pennsylvania School Code, the municipal codes, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, and all other laws and regulations governing public bodies in the state.
Michael also assists private property owners and developers with issues related to land use, zoning, and condemnations, and regularly appears on behalf of private clients in front of municipal bodies, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. He was lead counsel in the landmark Commonwealth Court case of Protect PT vs. Penn Township, which established that local municipalities have the authority to regulate the location of unconventional oil and gas operations through zoning.
Michael is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Prior to establishing his practice in Pennsylvania, Michael practiced complex civil litigation in Washington D.C.
He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and he is also admitted to the DC District Court, the Western District of Court of Pennsylvania, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been recognized by the D.C. District Court for his contributions as a member of that Court’s Pro Bono Service Panel, and also serves on the board of the Kiski Valley Habitat for Humanity. Michael is the co-author of several articles concerning civil litigation defense, land use, zoning and public sector law. He is a member of the Westmoreland County, Allegheny County, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and was elected to the Westmoreland County Bar Association’s Building Committee in 2021.
Michael served two terms as the Chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee, and is currently a representative of Westmoreland County on the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee. Michael is a native of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jamie, and their three children.