Buddy Lesavoy

Buddy Lesavoy concentrates his practice in business, corporate and real estate matters, working with many family and closely-held businesses in the Lehigh Valley. He handles business start-ups, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, business succession and exit planning as well as all aspects of real estate transactions. A native of Allentown, Buddy has a deep understanding of local business, having served as chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past President of the Bar Association of Lehigh County.  Prior to co-founding Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC, Buddy was a partner in one of the 100 largest national law firms for 13 years, where he served as managing partner of its Lehigh Valley office.

Professional Background

Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC
2007 – Present

Lamm Rubenstone Lesavoy Butz & David LLC
2006 – 2007

Blank Rome LLP
1994 – 2006
Partner, Corporate & Real Estate Departments

Traub Butz & Fogerty, P.C.
1992 – 1994

Wiener & Wiener, P.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania
1988 – 1992

Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1988 – 1997
Adjunct Professor of Business Law

Honorable Maxwell E. Davison, Judge of the
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
1987 – 1988
Law Clerk

Admitted To Practice

United States Supreme Court, 1990
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1989
United States Tax Court, 1989
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1987

Educational Background

George Washington University, J.D., 1987
George Washington University, M.B.A., 1982
George Washington University, B.B.A., 1980

Professional Organizations

President, Business Networking International, Fogelsville II
Member, Most Trusted Advisors, Vistage International
Member, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Lehigh County Bar Association
Member, Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley


2019 Honorary Host, Cetronia Ambulance Corps’ Health on Wheels Gala

2014 Guest of Honor, Chabad of the Lehigh Valley’s Bar Mitzvah Gala

2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the William Allen High School

2012 Business Recognition Award for Ethical Business

Practice and Service to the Community by the Emmaus Rotary Club

2010 Volunteer of the Year; Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

2007 SUITS Award honoring Lehigh Valley Business Professionals Demonstrating Horse Power in Their Respective Industry (Legal)

2005 Honorary Co-Chair of St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown “Dinner By Starlight”

2003 President’s Legal Eagle Award for Outstanding Service to the Bar Association of Lehigh County

2002 Shining Star Award for Community Involvement; St. Luke’s Hospital

2000 Executive Spotlight Award for Dynamic Business Leadership; the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal

1998 Community Partner Award for Devoting Time and Talent to Improve the Economic Health and Vitality of the Lehigh Valley; Allentown-Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce and Lehigh Carbon Community College

1984 George Washington Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Academic Community; George Washington University Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)

Beta Gamma Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society, Field of Business and Management)

Community Activities (Partial)

St. Luke’s University Health Network
Board of Trustees, 2019 – Present; Co-chair 2022 – Present

Bar Association of Lehigh County
President, 2021 – 2022
Board of Directors, 1998 – 2000; 2016 – Present

St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown
Chair, 2019 – 2021
Board of Governors, 2011 – Present

Cedar Crest College
Board of Associates, 2012 – Present

Parkland School District Foundation
President, 2011 – 2016

The George Washington University Alumni Association
Board of Directors, 2009 – 2016

Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation
Chairman, 2021 – Present
Board of Directors, 2009 – Present

Service Electric Cable TV/RCN-4
Moderator for Pennsylvania Crossfire, 2006 – Present

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Lehigh Valley
Board of Advisors, 2002 – Present

Muhlenberg College Board of Associates, 2004 – Present

Lehigh University Small Business Development Center
Chair, Advisory Committee for Business Education and Training, 2001 – 2006
Member, Board of Advisors, 2001 – 2006

South Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board
Board Member, 2001 – 2007

Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley
Board Member, 2001 – Present

Greater Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, 2007 – 2009
Executive Board, 1999 – Present
Board of Governors, 1998 – Present


Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
Board of Directors, 1997 – 2000

Quality Valley•USA
Board of Directors 1997-1999

South Whitehall Township Planning Commission
Commissioner, 1996 – 2001

Pennsylvania Apparel and Textile Association
Board of Directors, 1997 – 2000

Family Business Council
President, 1999 – 2002
Board of Advisors, 1995 – 2007

Lehigh Carbon Community College
Board of Ambassadors, 1995 – Present

Tikvah House
Board of Directors, 1993 – 2021

Temple Beth-El Memorial Park Association, Inc.
Board of Directors, 1992 – Present

Jewish Community Center
Executive Board, 1998 – 2000
Board of Directors, 1991 – 2000

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
Court-Appointed Arbitrator, 1988 – Present

The George Washington University
Alumni Admissions Program Volunteer, 1987 – Present
Admissions Committee Volunteer, 1987 – Present
Alumni Career Network Representative, 1987 – Present

Presentations/Publications (Partial)

“Legal Issues in Technical Entrepreneurship,”
Lehigh University MBA Program, 2016, 2017

“Succession Planning,” AEDC/LVEDC, 2016

“Protect Yourself,” Network Magazine, 2015

“Legal Considerations, Self-Employment Assistance Program,”
Lehigh Carbon Community College

“Legal Liability Considerations,”
East Penn & Western Lehigh Business Councils

“Legal Issues Affecting Start-ups/New Businesses/Small Businesses Today,”
Community Action Committee for the Lehigh Valley

“Understanding Contract Terms,”
Chamber of Commerce

“Estate, Tax and Succession Planning for the Business Owner,”
Chamber of Commerce

“Starting a Business,”
Lehigh Law Line – TV 39, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

“Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in PA,”
NBI, Allentown, Pennsylvania

“Legal Issues Facing Medical Residents,”
various hospitals

“Consumer Rights,”
Lehigh Law Line – TV 39, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Legal Issues in Structuring a Business – Choice of Entity,
Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania,
Adjunct Professor of Business Law

“Legal Protections for Small Business,”
Northampton County Community College, Northampton, Pennsylvania

“Finance and Investments,”
Marymount College, Arlington, Virginia

“Business Basics – Management,”
Small Business Development Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA