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John P. McBlain

1223 N. Providence Road
Media,PA 19063
Tel: (610) 565-4322 x101
Fax: (610) 565-9531


Overall Peer Rating 5 out of 5

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Professional Experience

John P. McBlain, Esq. is an experienced litigator, 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, leases, tax assessment, commercial matters and contracts, as well as civil litigation.

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 led the Delaware County team that worked with Delta Airlines to repurpose a closed refinery into Monroe Energy, which now produces jet fuel and employs hundreds of workers in family-sustaining jobs

John has a long record of public service and achievement in Delaware County and local governments. He was elected by the residents of Delaware County and served the maximum two terms on the Delaware County Council, the governing body of one of the most populous counties in Pennsylvania. He was unanimously elected by his colleagues on Council to serve as Chairman of the Council from 2018-2020. He served two terms on the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority, an agency that provides financing to hundreds of local governments, school districts and authorities. He was twice elected Chairman of that Authority. He served as Delaware County's representative on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a multi-state and multi-county regional agency that approves state transportation funding and regional planning projects. He served as a member of the Delaware County Chester Waterfront Industrial Development Authority, the owner of the property where the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer team plays its games. Before his service on Delaware County Council, John was elected to five terms on his hometown Aldan Borough Council.

John was appointed by the Delaware County Council in 2021 and currently serves as one of three members of the Delaware County Board of Elections, the body that oversees all aspects of elections for federal, state and local government offices in Delaware County. After many years practicing election law, John was compelled by the events of the 2020 national election to serve on the Election Board to ensure the security, fairness and transparency of our election process.

John previously served as Solicitor for the County of Delaware for a period of almost ten years, the legal officer in charge of all the legal affairs of the County of Delaware. John also served as Solicitor to the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority and the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board.

John has a keen interest in Irish-American affairs and has served as a County and Division President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America and is involved with the Delaware County Friends of St. Patrick and Tar Anall America.

John joined McNichol, Byrne & McNichol as a partner in February 2023.

Professional Memberships & Admissions

  • Admitted to Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Admitted to federal jurisdictions of United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Member, Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association PA Government Lawyers Committee and PA Gaming Law Committee
  • Member, Delaware County Bar Association, Municipal Solicitors Committee, Civil Rules Committee, Judicial Selection and Retention Committee, County Council/Bar Committee
  • Board of Directors, Delaware County Bar Association 2021-2022
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member and Panel Chair, 2011-2017
  • Appointed by President of Pennsylvania Bar Association to the Investigative Division of the PBA's Judicial Evaluation Commission, 2014
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