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Francis J. Hoegen

Francis J. Hoegen, Member

Year Joined Firm

Francis J. Hoegen, Member1989

For the past 31 years Frank has represented National, Regional and Local business entities in cases involving Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals or obtaining other forms of real estate tax relief (LERTA-PILOT). Frank assisted clients with the purchase, zoning, developing, financing, leasing, and other real estate needs during that same period of time. When the national economy has declined or when a company has encountered AN unexpected change in its financial status, Frank has assisted those companies with their debt workout/restructuring arrangements. More recently, Frank has advised and guided local developers with the acquisition and repositioning of former commercial buildings into mixed use residential and commercial facilities.

Areas of Practice

    • Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals
    • Commercial Loan Workout / Debt Restructuring
  • Business Development / Corporate Formation
    • Asset-Based Financing
    • Purchase and Sale of a Business
    • Commercial Real Estate
    • Purchase and Sale of Commercial
    • Real Estate
    • Land Use / Zoning / Land
  • Development / Subdivision
  • Commercial Collections
  • Construction Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania, 1989


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
  • J.D. – 1989
  • Law Review: Capital University, Member, 1987 – 1988
  • Law Review: Capital University, Executive Notes Editor, 1988 – 1989
  • St Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont
  • B.A. – 1984

Representative Cases

Martin v. Sun Pipe Line Co., 666 A.2d 637 (Pa. 1995)

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist – Moot Court Competition, 1987 – 1988
  • Order of the Curia
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law
  • National Outstanding Student Award, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Dean of Capital University Chapter of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, President, Young Lawyers Division, 1990 – 1991
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Middle Bankruptcy Bar of Middle District of Pennsylvania, Member
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Board of Directors
  • King’s College, Member
  • Advisory Board FNCB Bank, Member
  • Responsible Party Services, Inc. (not-for-profit), President

Past Employment Positions

  • Hoegen Hoegen Kelley & Polishan, Partner, 1994 – 2007
  • Hoegen & Marsh, Associate, 1989 – 1994
  • Wesp & Osterkamp, Law Clerk, 1988 – 1989
  • Justice Robert E. Holmes, Supreme Court of Ohio, Summer Intern, 1988
  • Professor Roberta Mitchell, Capital University Law School, Teaching Assistant, 1988 – 1989
  • Sparr Nursing Home, Administrator, 1986 – 1987


  • Delta Theta Phi

List of 6 results for Cases argued by Hoegen, Francic J

  1. Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Bd. of Assessment Appeals
    Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. May 28, 2015 116 A.3d 1176 2015 WL 3407322
  2. TAXATION – Real Property. Reassessment of property several years after improvements was an impermissible “spot reassessment.”
    …the county court of common pleas is not binding precedent. Francis J. Hoegen , Wilkes—Barre, for appellant. Anthony Giglio , Pittsburgh, for appellee Albert…

  3. Grand Prix Harrisburg, LLC v. Dauphin County Bd. of Assessment Appeals
    Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. August 22, 2012 51 A.3d 275 2012 WL 3590666
  4. TAXATION – Real Property. Court erred when it failed to consider, and resolve, differences in the two capitalization rates utilized by taxpayer’s expert appraiser and by taxing authorities’ expert appraiser.
    …market value lies between the values presented by each party. Francis J. Hoegen , Wilkes—Barre, for appellant. Jeffrey B. Engle , Millersburg, for appellees…

  5. Smith v. Carbon County Bd. of Assessment Appeals
    Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. December 07, 2010 10 A. 3d 393 2010 WL 4942968
  6. TAXATION – Experts. Testimony of taxpayer’s real estate appraisal expert was admissible in appeal of real estate tax assessment.
    …G. Schwab , Lehighton, for Appellee Jim Thorpe Area School District. Francis J. Hoegen Wilkes—Barre, for Appellee Christopher S. Smith. BEFORE: LEADBETTER , President…

  7. Popple v. Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau
    Commonwealth Court of Penns ylvania November 12, 2008 960 A,2d 517 2008 WL 4862739
  8. TAXATION – Collection. Owners had implied actual notice of pending real estate tax sale.
    …602(e)(3) Jonathan S. Comitz , Wilkes—Barre, for appellants. Francis J. Hoegen , Wilkes—Barre, for appellees, James V. Popple and Victoria Popple…

  9. In re Tax Claim Bureau Columbia County 2000 Real Estate Tax Sale Upset Sale
    Court of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania, Columbia County, Twenty Sixth Judicial District March 02, 2001 Not Reported in A.2d 2001 WL 34315455
  10. On September 11, 2000, George E. Sheffield and Carolyn Sheffield (hereinafter “Sheffields”) purchased certain real estate located in Benton Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania at a tax upset sale conducted by the Columbia County Tax Claim Bureau (hereinafter “TCB”) for the non-payment of 1998 real estate taxes. The…
    ..68 MV 2000, 104 c of 2001. March 2, 2001. Francis J. Hoegen , Esquire, Attorney for the Petitioners, Charles W. Carr and Irene…

  11. Martin v. Sun Pipe Line Co.
    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania September 20, 1095 542 Pa 281 1995 WL 553909
  12. REAL ESTATE – Easements. Unenclosed woodland statute precluded petroleum pipeline from acquiring prescriptive easement over property after its permissive easement expired.
    …and uninterrupted use of land for 21 years. Peter J. Hoegen, Jr. Francis Hoegen Eugene C. Kelley Wilkes Barre , for Raymond and Joan Martin…