Mr. Schwartzberg is a partner in the Business Services Department. He counsels businesses and their owners, representing clients in purchase and sale, finance and real estate transactions, and in contract and corporate matters. He has served as vice-chair and co-chair of the firm’s Business Services Department.
Mr. Schwartzberg has represented buyers and sellers of technology, manufacturing, distribution, professional service, retail, and other closely held businesses. He also represents companies buying and leasing new facilities as well as selling real estate. His finance practice includes representation both of borrowers and lenders, as well as clients involved in workouts.
In his corporate practice, Mr. Schwartzberg advises foreign and domestic clients on the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures, and works with the owners of family and other closely-held businesses on operating and stockholder agreements, succession planning, buy-ins and buy-outs and dispute resolution. He has extensive experience negotiating agreements with vendors and customers in the automotive aftermarket and pharmaceutical industries.
Prior to entering legal practice, Mr. Schwartzberg had substantial contract administration, program management and accounting experience in the satellite business.
News & Publications
- Schnader Attorneys Receive Recognition for Pro Bono Efforts
- Lee Schwartzberg to Receive 2017 Support Center for Child Advocates Award
- The Pennsylvania Capital Stock Tax is no More–Now What?
- Potential Tax Changes Ahead for Pennsylvania Nonprofits
- Schnader Attorneys Recognized as Members of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor
- Majority Shareholders Who Take Part in “Squeeze-Outs” Can No Longer Count Pennsylvania as the Sanctuary It Once Was Thought to Be
- Pro Bono Newsletter Summer 2012
- Schnader Pro Bono Client Deserving Decor In the News
- Pro Bono Newsletter Summer 2011
- Schnader Honors H. Lee Schwartzberg and Paul Titus with Harrison Awards
- Pro Bono Newsletter Summer 2010
- H. Lee Schwartzberg to Co-Chair Schnader’s Business Services Department
- “Reducing the Risks of Defaulting Equipment Buyers”
- “Structuring the Venture” (chapter in Business to Business Internet Exchanges)
- “Considering the Sale of Your Practice?”
- “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Capitation Contracts”
Community & Pro Bono
Mr. Schwartzberg serves as a volunteer child advocate helping abused and neglected children in Philadelphia to obtain services and housing. He was honored as a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center for Child Advocates. He is a recipient of the firm’s Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1985
- University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, B.S., 1979
- New Jersey, 1986
- Pennsylvania, 1985
- The Support Center for Child Advocates, board member, 2022
- The Support Center for Child Advocates’ Distinguished Advocates Award, 2017
- Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 2011
Purchases and Sales of Businesses
- Represented a foreign company in its purchase of a hard disk drive manufacturing business from Hitachi. The transaction included related supply and engineering services agreements.
- Represented a foreign company in its purchase of a Canadian solar inverter business.
- Represented a purchaser of digital imaging company that included bank and seller financing, and a related investment in the purchaser.
- Represented a public company in its purchase of the assets of a distressed technology business.
- Represented a purchaser of a piezoelectric equipment manufacturing company with multiple financing sources.
- Represented a Swiss company in its purchase of a U.S. adhesives business.
- Represented a Canadian company in its purchase of a U.S. sauce and marinade business.
- Represented a privately held publisher of books and manufacturer of pet toys in its sale to a public company.
Professional practices and other closely held businesses
- Represented numerous sellers and purchasers of medical, dental, architectural and chiropractic practices, as well as insurance agencies.
Retail and Distribution
- Represented purchaser of a wholesale distribution business and handled related financing issues.
- Represented a closely held wholesale distributor in the sale of its business to a national supermarket chain.
- Represented numerous purchasers and sellers of restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail businesses.
Automotive and Aftermarket
- Represented a leading seller of new and remanufactured automotive aftermarket parts in agreements to sell products to national and regional retailers.
- Represented a truck body manufacturer in the sale of its business and related real estate.
- Represented a leading seller of new and remanufactured automotive aftermarket parts in the purchase of a production line from an OEM and negotiation of a related supply agreement.
- Represented multiple purchasers of automobile and truck franchises, including purchases through bankruptcy court proceedings.
- Represented the successful bidder in the purchase of vehicle parts inventory in a bankruptcy court proceeding.
- Represented the owner of a 1.2 million square foot distribution and office facility in a sale-leaseback transaction.
- Represented a developer in the purchase and lease-back of a hospital campus from a university health system.
- Represented a developer in the purchase of a 280,000 square foot medical office building and the subsequent sale of a majority interest in the project to an investor.
- Represented a tenant in the lease of a 57,000 square foot office building involving significant renovations.
- Represented a tenant in the lease of a 500,000 square foot warehouse facility.
- Represented a tenant in a build to suit lease for a 450,000 square foot production and warehouse facility.
- Represented a retirement community in acquisition of real estate for development.
- Represented the seller of an industrial facility in a transaction that included seller financing.
- Represented the owners of Philadelphia properties participating in Stormwater Management Incentives Program (“SMIP”) and Greened Acre Retrofit Program (“GARP”) grant programs.
Representation of Lenders
- $100 million secured credit facility from an international bank to the operator of paper pulp mills.
- $45 million secured line of credit to finance roll up of collection agencies that included an intercreditor agreement with mezzanine debt.
- Represented international trade finance company in chattel paper purchase program from a distressed construction equipment manufacturer and subsequent approval for continuation of $50 million debtor in possession financing in bankruptcy.
- Represented a foreign manufacturer whose customer defaulted under a seller-financing arrangement for equipment used to make solar cells.
- Represented lender in $30 million line of credit secured by pledge of founder’s stock in publicly traded construction business.
- Representation of lift truck manufacturer providing purchase money financing to customers.
Representation of Borrowers
- $275 million secured line of credit to industrial borrower and its subsidiaries.
- $150 million unsecured working capital line of credit.
- $53 million secured line of credit for distribution company to fund expansion and acquisition.
- $200 million predevelopment financing to a casino operator.
- $7 million secured term loan and revolver for moving and storage company.
- Negotiated receivables purchase agreements for sales of inventory.
- $12,000,000 in bond financing from pooled loan program for construction of technical institute in Philadelphia.