Linda Ann Galante

Linda Galante


For more than 30 years, Linda Galante has been intimately involved in the most significant real estate transactions in the Philadelphia area – from Center City high-rises to suburban shopping centers, from the Please Touch Museum to the Navy Yard, from mixed-use residential, office and day care developments to health care and university facilities.

One of the region’s most prominent and experienced real estate attorneys, Linda has quite literally changed the landscape of Philadelphia by helping her clients finance, build and operate properties across the Delaware Valley. The Philadelphia Business Journal named her a “Most Influential Lawyer” in its 2014 Heavy Hitters of Real Estate awards. In her banking practice, Linda is a trusted adviser to many area banking institutions, representing them in complex financing matters, corporate transactions and regulatory issues.

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Representative Matters

  • represented Radnor Property Group and Episcopal Cathedral in a more than $100 million mixed-use project at 38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia involving several levels of equity investment, debt financing and New Markets Tax Credit financing 
  • represented owners of Philadelphia office towers, including Thomas Properties and Ten Penn Center, in connection with numerous leasing and operational issues 
  • represented Tasty Baking Company in negotiating and closing on a lease and financing for its move to the Philadelphia Navy Yard 
  • structured and negotiated the long-term lease for Please Touch Museum’s move to Memorial Hall, including the development agreements to complete the building’s rehabilitation, and closing of a $60 million bond issue through the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development to complete the building’s renovations 
  • represented several educational and health care institutions, including Saint Joseph’s University and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, in the acquisition and construction of their facilities, including closing of conventional and tax-exempt indebtedness in the aggregate amount of more than $700 million 
  • represented lenders, including Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank and Citizens Bank, and investors in connection with new market tax-credit investments 
  • assisted Beneficial Mutual Bancorp in connection with the negotiation and execution of an agreement and plan of merger to acquire SE Financial Corp., the parent holding company of St. Edmond’s Federal Savings Bank 
  • represented lenders, including Susquehanna Bank, M&T Bank, First Niagara Bank and Beneficial Bank, in connection with loans to real estate owners and developers
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, Temple University, Beta Gamma Sigma
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • Advisory Council, M&T Bank
  • Board of Directors, Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
  • Board Member, Athenian Razak, LLC
  • Board of Directors, Center City District
  • Board Trustee and Chair, Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation
  • Board Trustee and Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Chair, Drueding Center Advisory Council
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia Real Estate Advisory Committee
  • Real Estate Advisory Council, Drexel University
  • Pennsylvania Bankers Association
  • Union League


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  • The Legal Intelligencer Women of the Year List
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Heavy Hitters of Real Estate Awards “Most Influential Lawyers”
  • Drueding Center Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Arthritis Foundation Women on the Move Award
  • The Main Line Chamber of Commerce Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award
  • Girls Inc. “Strong, Smart and Bold Award”
  • Philadelphia Business Journal and National Association of Women Business Owners Women of Distinction Award
  • Gwynedd Mercy Academy Margaret Beirn Barger Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council Summit Award from the Learning for Life Program
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, listed for real estate in Pennsylvania
    • Sources told Chambers that Linda "is very balanced and extraordinarily gifted in the law"
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
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In The Community

Linda is an active member of the community. She has served and currently serves on a number of nonprofit and closely held company boards, community and civic organizations. In addition to having served on the board of directors of Drueding Center, Linda also was its chair for 12 years and the recipient of its Fifth Anniversary Person of the Year Award. She was honored by the Drueding Center with the naming of the “Galante Career Development Center” in recognition of her dedication to the cause of ending homelessness for women and children.

From May 2008 to June 2011, she directed the Philadelphia Forum of Golden Seeds, an angel investment group dedicated to investing in early stage companies founded and/or led by women. In 2011, she chaired the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society International Flower Show Preview Dinner. Linda served as a Director on the Boards of Fiber-Line, Inc. from 2007 through 2013 and Wissahickon Spring Water, Inc. from 2005 through 2008. She also served as Trustee of the Boards of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School from 2005 through 2011, Gwynedd-Mercy College from 2010 through 2013, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia from 2008 through 2012.
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