John P. McBlain, Esq.
John P. McBlain, Esq. is an experienced litigator and municipal law and real estate attorney. In his practice, John serves as solicitor or general counsel for governments, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards and nonprofit organizations. He also assists individuals and businesses with real estate matters involving zoning, land development, redevelopment, adaptive reuse, acquisitions and agreements of sale and leases as well as tax assessments.
John has decades of experience handling both large and small real estate development projects that have reshaped Delaware County. While representing the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Delaware, John handled acquiring a portion of environmentally damaged waterfront, formerly a shipbuilding site, that was redeveloped into Harrah’s Philly Racetrack and Casino. The site now generates over $20 million per year in local tax and other revenue. He also led negotiations for developing a professional sports facility, Subaru Park, the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union franchise. He has also enabled Monroe Energy to build an oil refinery in Delaware County. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority, a body created to provide loans for capital projects to boroughs, townships, cities, school districts and counties by Pennsylvania’s Municipality Authorities Act and he also served as Delaware County’s representative on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization designated for the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, John was an attorney for Swartz Campbell for 25 years. He has longstanding relationships with political leaders and community influencers particularly in southeastern Pennsylvania, having previously served as a member and Chairman of the Delaware County Council as well as Solicitor for the County of Delaware. In these roles, John gained significant experience in municipal operations, finance, elections and emergency services.
He is actively involved in the local community, and previously served as a member of the Aldan Borough Council for 17 years. In 2019, the Borough Council meeting building was renamed and dedicated as the “John P. McBlain Community Center.” He has been recognized for his efforts to advocate for abused and neglected children in the dependency courts and was most recently recognized for his advocacy and support of transportation needs of elderly, disabled and special needs citizens.
Widener University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1992
Villanova University, B.A. in political science, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Appointed to Investigative Division of PBA’s Judicial Evaluation Commission, 2014
Delaware County Bar Association, Board Member
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Ancient Order of Hibernians, Past Division and Delaware County Board President
Community Transit of Delaware County’s Citizen of the Year Award for award for advocacy and support of transportation needs of elderly, disabled and special needs citizens, 2020
Delaware County Children and Youth Services’ Provider Recognition Award
Delaware and Chester Counties’ CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Angel Champion award for his service as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children
Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, 2013
Aldan Boosters Civic Association’s Outstanding Citizen Award
Elected to Delaware County Council for two four-year terms, 2012 – 2020
- Elected Chairman of the County Council, 2018 – 2020
Appointed as Solicitor of Delaware County, 2003 – 2012
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member and Panel Chair, 2011 – 2017
Elected to Aldan Borough Council, 1991 – 2009
- Served as Vice President, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of Law and Ordinance Committee
Judicial Advisory Commission for the 32nd Judicial District (Delaware County), 2000 – 2003
Assistant county solicitor and Guardian ad Litem in child dependency cases for Delaware County, 1993 – 2003
Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority, 2012 – present
- Current chairman; previously served as vice chairman, treasurer and secretary
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, 2012 – 2018
Delaware County Chester Waterfront Industrial Development Authority, 2017 – 2019
Brandywine Battlefield Associates, Board Member, 2017 – 2018
Delaware County Association of Boroughs, executive board member, 2000 – 2003
Delaware County Republican Executive Committee, 1991 – 2020
Representative clients include the Boroughs of Prospect Park, Norwood, Clifton Heights and Glenolden, the Townships of Aston and Ridley, and Villanova University
In his role as a member and Chairman of the Delaware County Council, John managed an annual budget of over $500 million and nearly 3,000 employees. He acted as liaison to Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, as well as departments that handle criminal and civil law such as the District Attorney, Public Defenders Office, Office of Judicial Support and Board of Prison Inspectors. He also elected as Chairman of the County Council. The Council governs the county government which provides a wide array of services including human and social services; senior services; children and youth services; economic development; the state’s largest publicly owned nursing home; emergency communications (911) and emergency management; voter and election services; real property assessment; weights and measures regulation; consumer affairs; library services; medical examiner; tax claims; and provides for the court systems, including criminal justice and civil law matters.
As Solicitor of the County of Delaware, he served as the chief legal officer for the government of the fifth most populous county in Pennsylvania. His office handled a variety of legal matters including litigation management; labor and personnel; real estate; representation of various county departments such as sheriff, register of wills, prothonotary, emergency services; and, recorder of deeds. As Solicitor, John was directly involved with the County’s Executive Director and County Council in formulating, enacting and implementing county policy and programs.
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