Attorney John P. McBlain has joined Saxton & Stump, bringing more than two decades of real estate, municipal law and litigation experience. A native of Aldan Borough, McBlain has served in county and community leadership positions and played a key role in numerous large and small real estate development projects that have reshaped Delaware County.
“John has built a reputation not only as an attorney but as a political and community leader in southeastern Pennsylvania and we are pleased to welcome him to the firm,” CEO James W. Saxton said. “He brings depth to our growing Real Estate team and exemplifies Saxton & Stump’s core value of providing creative solutions and excellent service to clients.”
In his practice, McBlain serves as solicitor or general counsel for local 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. John also has extensive experience representing property owners in tax assessment appeals.
Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, McBlain was an attorney in Swartz Campbell’s Media, PA office 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. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and his B.A. in political science from Villanova University.
While representing the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Delaware, McBlain handled acquiring a portion of environmentally-damaged waterfront, formerly a shipbuilding site, that was redeveloped into Harrah’s Philly Racetrack and Casino. He also led negotiations for Subaru Park, the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. Currently, he serves as Vice 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 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.
McBlain is also well-known in his 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.
Additional resources for real estate clients
Saxton & Stump’s team of now nine real estate attorneys and licensed title agents throughout the mid-state is led by attorney Erik M. Hume and assists clients with virtually all types of commercial and residential matters. With 22 years of experience, Hume helps clients acquire, develop, sell and lease commercial and residential real estate projects. He has a unique focus in representing developers of planned communities, homeowners associations (HOAs), cooperatives and condominiums. He is the current update author of Pennsylvania Community Association Law and Practice, the leading treatise for these types of projects in Pennsylvania. He serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and has previously been invited to give testimony on behalf of the association before the Pennsylvania Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committees.
The team works closely with the firm’s Banking and Financial Services group on loan origination and commercial financing, including purchase and sale agreements for commercial real estate. They also collaborate with Saxton & Stump’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights attorneys to negotiate financing, structure financing documents, negotiate workouts and assist with debt restructuring and collections. The firm also has a robust Construction Law practice, supporting clients with contracts on projects of all sizes as well as labor and employment matters.
Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth outlook
With 113 professionals, including 65 attorneys, the firm continues to grow and based on their strategic plan for 2021, will continue to expand its current team of lawyers and professionals, focusing on bringing additional resources to support client needs.
Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. The firm is committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice.