Patrick J. Sampsell manages the municipal, zoning and construction legal affairs of the Masonic Villages. As general counsel, he provides advice on various compliance, risk management and other legal issues and serves as liaison with outside counsel. As chief engineer, he provides advice and counsel on facilities and construction operations across Masonic Villages’ campuses, and oversees the areas of sustainability, utility purchasing, real estate acquisition and the management of large construction projects. He also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.
Mr. Sampsell joined the Masonic Villages in 2006 as the chief environmental and facilities officer. He previously spent 15 years in private practice as a professional engineer and planner. During that tenure, he received multiple awards for his comprehensive planning efforts. Mr. Sampsell has been published in national planning journals and has given numerous presentations to technical and community bodies. He retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2011 with the rank of Major after having served 20 years, including one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Mr. Sampsell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. He also holds a juris doctor in law from Widener University in Harrisburg, Pa. He obtained his Professional Engineer Certification in 1997, was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1998, and received his AICP certification in planning in 2001.
He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Planning Associations. Additionally, he is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, and volunteers his time to coach soccer and basketball for multiple local recreational leagues.