Pat has been practicing real estate law for over 35 years. Recognized both in Pennsylvania and nationally as a leading authority on conservation law, she serves on the Policy Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and the Conservation Defense Advisory Committee of the Land Trust Alliance, the national association of land trusts in the United States. She is a prolific writer, having published many guides explaining the principles of conservation law and the ways it can be used to protect natural and scenic resources and preserve availability of land for public enjoyment. Most notably, Pat is the principal author of The Model Pennsylvania Conservation Easement and Commentary, a key publication of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. The Model Conservation Easement and other model documents Pat has crafted have been adopted by land trusts throughout the United States.
Serendipity led Pat to her area of expertise. Pat’s interest in conservation law began while wading in the creek on a friend’s farm in Chester County. She was fascinated to learn that the farm was part of a larger tract protected by a legally binding agreement known as a conservation easement. A few years later, the firm she was working for as a novice real estate attorney had a land trust client who was interested in pursuing donations of conservation easements. Being the only attorney on staff with any acquaintance at all with conservation easements, she was given the assignment. Her knowledge was limited and there was not much guidance on what a grant of conservation easement was supposed to look like, but Pat embraced the opportunity to develop something new from the ground up, and as they say, the rest is history.
While her career path may have been serendipitous, her passion for our natural resources has been lifelong. Pat and her husband share a love for the outdoors. They built their house in the woods adjoining Fairmount Park, where they have enjoyed living among the wildlife. Pat does much of her writing on her back deck, listening to the birds and watching the stirring of the trees. The woods have been a playground for her children and grandchildren, and she believes there is nothing better than watching a child explore nature. Pat is an avid gardener, and she also enjoys watching the eagles, osprey and other migratory birds inhabiting the Chesapeake Bayshore.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Pat earned an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College and J.D from Villanova University. She began her career at Duane, Morris & Heckscher (now Duane Morris) and became partner in the Real Estate Department. In 1998 she formed her own firm to concentrate entirely on real estate and conservation law. She is delighted to be working side by side with her daughter Lauren, who joined Pregmon Law in 2000.
Pat is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations.
Lauren Pregmon Tetreault grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Kenyon College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After graduating cum laude from Kenyon, Lauren attended Wake Forest University where she received her law degree. While at Wake Forest, Lauren studied in both London and Venice.
After graduation from law school, Lauren moved to Atlanta to practice commercial real estate law for Parker, Hudson, Rainer and Dobbs. It was not long, however, before Lauren had the opportunity to relocate to Philadelphia to partner with her mother, Patricia, at Pregmon Law Offices. Since 2000, Lauren has practiced general real estate with a strong emphasis on conservation law. Lauren is proud to have counseled land trusts and landowners in conservation transactions which have resulted in thousands of conserved acres throughout the Commonwealth. As a frequent lecturer on conservation easements, she shares her passion for protecting critical natural resources with seasoned professionals as well as new members of the conservation community.
Lauren’s passion for her work is born out of a love of the natural world. From early years exploring Fairmount Park in her backyard, to appreciating the beauty of the Kokosing River and rolling farmlands of Ohio during her time at Kenyon, to the bucolic setting of her current home in Bucks County, PA, where she resides with her husband Bruce and two daughters, the wonder of nature has been an enduring influence on Lauren’s life.
Lauren volunteers as the curriculum coordinator and teacher of Godly Play for children in grades pre-K through 5th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, PA, and serves as a Trustee of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in Solebury, PA. Presently, Lauren spends most of her spare time driving her girls around town for various activities. When she is not in the car, her favorite activity is a good long walk with the family dog, Hopley. Lauren also enjoys tennis, cooking and traveling.