J. Edmund Mullin

J. Edmund Mullin
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: EMullin@HRMML.com
Administrative Contact:
Dawn Mikos
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J. Edmund Mullin co-chairs the Real Estate and Land Use Department of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. Practicing real estate, zoning and land use law for over 40 years, he has established a noted reputation in the areas of municipal and land use law in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Ed represents Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging businesses in industries ranging from oil producers through pharmaceuticals to retail businesses. He not only deals with townships and boroughs, but with PennDOT, DEP, and the county conservation districts for NPDES permits. Two of his major attributes as an advocate are first, his friendly relationships with municipal officials and staff and second, his ability to construct effective solutions without going through a lot of red tape. Long committed to serving the legal profession and real estate community, Ed serves as Chairman of the Joint State Government Commission charged with rewriting the real estate laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ed has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) and also as its Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President. He is a past chair of the MBA’s Community Outreach Committee, and a past President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation. Ed is also active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association where he is a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Evaluation Commission as well as a retired member of the House of Delegates. He is a member of the Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS), which is a group of approximately 200 attorneys nationwide who work with the National Association of Home Builders. Ed is also a member of the American Land Title Association’s Title Action Network, a group formed to communicate with legislators, statewide and federal, on issues affecting the land title industry. In addition, Ed is a Founding Member of the Irish-American Society and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Continental Bank, which merged into Bryn Mawr Trust Company.  Ed received the Muhlenberg Award for Leadership from the Historical Society of Trappe and was named to the Hall of Fame of the Homebuilders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He has been consistently selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list since 2004 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2014-2018. Ed is a retired member of the Board of Consultors of Villanova University School of Law. He served for 20 years on the Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees, and was head of the Century Club Committee of the Muhlenberg House Restoration Project of the Trappe Historical Society. Ed is also on the Board of Trustees of Mercy Career & Technical High School and was Chairman of the Board at Saint Mary’s Villa. He received both his undergraduate (B.A. 1963) and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1966).

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, (J.D. 1966)
  • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Villanova University, (B.A.1963)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Speeches

  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 20th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; 2016
  • Speaker, "Development Agreements – What Should Be Addressed; What Shouldn’t Be Addressed"; PBI 20th Annual Real Estate Institute, 2016
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 19th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; 2015
  • Speaker, "A Rezoning Case Study"; PBI 19th Annual Real Estate Institute, 2015
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 18th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; 2014
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 17th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; 2013
  • Speaker, "Understanding Land Development"; Pennsylvania Land Title Institute; August 7, 2013
  • Speaker and Panel Member, "Real Estate Road Blocks and Opportunities"; Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; May 14, 2013
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 16th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; 2012
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 15th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; December 7, 2011
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar: "Land Use & Zoning 101"; December 8, 2010
  • Lecturer, Opening Plenary Session of the PBI 14th Annual Real Estate Institute: "The Year in Review"; December 2, 2010
  • Lecturer, PBI 14th Annual Real Estate Institute: "Subdivision & Land Development - A Practical View from the Trenches"; December 2, 2010
  • Lecturer, "Strategies to obtain a fair hearing before a Biased Tribunal", Montgomery Bar Association; April 2010
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Philadelphia Board of Realtors
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Central Montgomery Board of Realtors
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, North Penn Board of Realtors
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Montgomery County Association of Township Officials
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Pennsylvania Association of Planners
  • Lecturer, Recent Zoning and Real-Estate Law, Montgomery County Association of Realtors
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000 - 2014

Publications

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Past President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Member, Realtor Liaison Committee
    • Past Chairman, Community Outreach Committee
    • Past Chairman, Fee Dispute Committee
  • Montgomery Bar Foundation
    • Past President
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Judicial Evaluation Commission
    • House of Delegates, Past Representative
  • Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (LANDS)
    • Member
  • Chairman, Joint State Government Commission to Rewrite the Real Estate Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Home Builders Association of Montgomery and Bucks Counties
    • Member, Hall of Fame
  • American Land Title Association
    • Member, Title Action Network
  • Irish-American Society
    • Founding Member
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • Continental Bank, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Montgomery County Community College, Retired 20-year Member, Board of Trustees
  • Muhlenberg House Restoration Project of the Trappe Historical Society
    • Head of the Century Club Committee
  • Gwynedd Mercy High School, Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Mercy Career & Technical High School, Board of Trustees
  • Saint Mary’s Villa, Past Chairman of the Board

Honors and Awards

  • Fifty-Year Member Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2017
  • Recognized as Top Attorney in Pennsylvania for Land Use/Zoning Law, Philadelphia Magazine, 2012
  • Listed as “Awesome Attorney” for Land Use/Zoning Law, Suburban Life Magazine, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Builders Association Hammers & Gavels Award, 2010
  • Muhlenberg Award for Leadership, 2000
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Land Use/Zoning, 2004, 2006-2016
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2018

Municipal and Land Use Law

  • Successfully represented Mother Teresa, pro bono, when a municipality tried to keep out one of her shelters.
  • Represented a developer in Bucks County who desired to build affordable housing in an exclusionary township. After studying the township’s ordinances and applicable law, a curative amendment was formulated which, upon filing, led the township to settle the matter without any hearings in a favorable light for the client.
  • Represented a local farmer who was denied a variance to erect a farmer’s market on his property in which food products other than those raised on the farm could be sold. Through a carefully crafted plan, diligent research and local interviews, Ed was able to successfully resolve the issue by organizing hearings where strong community support for the proposal was demonstrated, and the Board of Supervisors had to give permission in the face of the public outpouring.

Real Estate Law

  • Represented scores of individuals and commercial clients in buying, selling, subdividing and developing real estate for numerous individuals and commercial clients.
  • Represented buyers, sellers, lenders, partnerships and syndications and has successfully assisted each with their real-estate needs.

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