Frank Bartle is the Managing Partner of Dischell Bartle Dooley. Mr. Bartle brings more than three decades of experience to bear on real estate, zoning, and land development matters. A skilled and insightful attorney who enjoys serving his clients throughout Pennsylvania with dedication and focus, he also accepts general litigation cases in the areas of personal injury, business litigation, and municipal law.
Mr. Bartle has extensive experience working with elected officials and representing government clients, including several municipalities and school districts, and has consistently demonstrated his ability to guide complex projects and issues through multiple levels of the legal and regulatory process. He successfully represented a school district in a high-profile zoning hearing involving a new sports stadium, guided a shopping center development through all levels of approval, and defended municipalities and school districts against aggressive litigation.
When not representing his clients, Frank enjoys giving back to his community and profession through a variety of organizations. He is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Stormwater Coalition, and has served as a delegate at the Republican National Convention. Mr. Bartle garnered an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his work and ethics in his field.
Frank is a problem solver with broad experiences and extensive knowledge of the law. He is recognized by his peers as an expert resource and is a consultant to other attorneys. A major client commented, "Frank is an expert at breaking down complex matters into clear and doable tasks. He helps us understand the law and makes the law work for us."
Frank has represented and continues to represent various municipalities (including townships of the first and second class and boroughs), school districts, zoning hearing boards, municipal authorities and related emergency services entities and foundations. He is frequently asked to serve as special counsel to governmental entities on matters of land development, zoning and litigation.
What distinguishes Frank in the field of law is his ability to manage issues. This often requires more than just a sound legal strategy. Frank’s extensive background in politics and working with elected officials at every level of government has provided him with broad knowledge of politics and public opinion. He uses these skills to build constituencies, improve understanding, create support, and quell opposition to get results for his clients.
Land Use Issues
Successfully represented a School District before the Zoning Hearing Board, Court of Common Pleas and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in a highly publicized and politically charged zoning and land development issue resulting in approval for a new sports stadium.
On behalf of a developer, skillfully litigated and negotiated a settlement of a curative amendment matter to allow more than 200 townhomes in the township.
Successfully guided a 280,000 square foot shopping center project through the process of securing all necessary municipal, county, state and federal regulatory approvals.
On behalf of a developer, effectively litigated an appeal and negotiated a court settlement agreement approving a 617 unit housing development in Montgomery County.
Effectively managed a land development application in a high profile matter resulting in a court appeal and ultimately approval for a 260+ acre estate to be subdivided and developed with 130 homes in Delaware County.
Successfully represented two (2) school districts in opposition to a petition to secede filed in the Court of Common Pleas by local residents seeking to move their municipality from one school district to the other. At issue were millions of dollars of school district assets, tax revenues and future expenditures.
Successfully defended a school district and its Board Members in a suit brought by a newspaper alleging violations of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law. The dismissal of the action resulted in the vindication of the elected officials for their actions.
Prevailed in defending a municipality in a suit filed against it by a collective bargaining unit for alleged violations of Act 205 involving municipal pension issues. The victory saved the municipality millions of dollars in future benefits.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate, Zoning, and Land Development
- Civil Litigation
- Education and Municipal Law
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1977
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, J.D. – 1977
- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. B.A.
Honors and Awards
- Philadelphia Magazine, Super Lawyers: Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, 2008 – Present
- Earned an “AV” Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the world’s most preeminent peer review rating service.
- PoliticsPA.com voted “Best County Chairman in Pennsylvania”, 2004
- Lansdale Jaycees Outstanding “Young Man of the Year” North Penn Area, 1983
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Montgomery Bar Association, Member
- Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
- Montgomery American Inn of Court, Master
- Montgomery Bar Association Municipal Law and Real Estate Committee, Member
- Pennsylvania Stormwater Coalition, Local Counsel
- Montgomery County Republican Committee, Former County Chairman, 1993 – 2004
- Republican State Committee, Member, 1993 – 2004
- Advisor to candidates for public office at federal, state, county and municipal levels.
- Republican National Convention, Delegate
- Central Montgomery Hospital, Board Member , 2006 – 2009
- North Penn YMCA, Board Member, 1980 – 1983
- Appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to the Rules Committee at Republican National Convention, 1996