JOHN P. McBLAIN is an associate in the firm’s Media Regional Office. He practices in the areas of municipal law and government, zoning law, real estate development, civil and criminal litigation.
Representative clients include the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Delaware; Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board; and the Boroughs of Prospect Park, Norwood, Clifton Heights, Folcroft, Colwyn and Glenolden.
He is admitted to practice in the courts of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. McBlain attended Villanova University, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, minor in communications. He earned his J.D. cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 1992.
Mr. McBlain served as the Solicitor for the County of Delaware, Pennsylvania from 2003 -2012. As Solicitor, Mr. McBlain was the chief legal officer for a government with an annual budget of over 500 Million Dollars and nearly 3000 employees.
In 2011, Mr. McBlain was elected by the citizens of Delaware County to the Delaware County Council, the five member governing body of the fifth most populous county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. McBlain serves as the liaison for Delaware County Council with the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas and the County’s law related departments, including the District Attorney, Public Defender, Office of Judicial Support, and Board of Prison Inspectors. He serves as a member of the Delaware County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Mr. McBlain serves as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
He is a member of the Delaware County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and serves on several committees for these organizations. In 2000, he was named by Governor Tom Ridge to the Judicial Advisory Commission for the County of Delaware. Martindale-Hubbell awarded him a BV rating, which identifies a lawyer with “high to very high” legal ability and “very high” general ethical standards, as rated by peers in the Bar Association.
In 2014, Mr. McBlain was appointed to the Investigative Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, the body that evaluates candidates for statewide appellate court.
Mr. McBlain serves as a Chairman of the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority, created under Pennsylvania’s Municipality Authorities Act and formed by Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties to provide loans for capital projects to boroughs, townships, cities, school districts and counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He serves as Delaware County’s representative on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Mr. McBlain was selected to participate in the 2013 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, a program established by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia to bring together emerging and established leaders from diverse sectors, industries and counties to shape the region’s future.
In his capacity as the Solicitor to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Delaware, Mr. McBlain has handled redevelopment projects of many sizes and levels of complexity. He handled the acquisition of an environmentally damaged former shipbuilding site on the Delaware River waterfront in the City of Chester and the subsequent redevelopment of the site into what is now Harrah’s Philly Racetrack and Casino, a harness horse racing track and casino entertainment facility. This project cost over 400 Million Dollars and was the largest redevelopment project in the history of Delaware County and one of the largest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This site now generates over 20 Million Dollars per year in local tax and other revenue for the City of Chester and the County of Delaware. Mr. McBlain also led the negotiations on behalf of the County of Delaware and its Redevelopment Authority for the location and construction of the professional sports stadium known as PPL Park in the City of Chester, Delaware County, and the location there of the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer franchise.
Mr. McBlain is an active member of his community, where he served as a member of the Aldan Borough Council for over 17 years. He has been the recipient of the Aldan Boosters Civic Association’s Outstanding Citizen Award and Delaware County Children and Youth Services’ Provider Recognition Award. In 2013, Mr. McBlain was honored as an “Angel Champion” by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) for his advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children in the dependency courts. Mr. McBlain has represented local volunteer fire companies on a pro bono basis.