Joseph J. McGrory, Jr

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Joseph J. McGrory, Jr
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: JMcGrory@HRMML.com
Administrative Contact:
Kathi Chiodo
KChiodo@HRMML.com

Joseph J. McGrory, Jr. is Chairman of the Municipal Law Department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin, and a member of the Real Estate Department. He has over 30 years of experience handling zoning, subdivision, land development and municipal law matters. Joe currently serves as Township Solicitor for Upper Merion Township, Limerick Township, Douglass (Berks) Township, and West Conshohocken Borough. He is also the Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor for Plymouth Township. He has represented many townships in the past and he is currently special counsel to townships for difficult or complex cases. In the land use area, Joe has significant experience in cases involving power plants, quarries, mobile home parks, high rise complexes, a 2,000 unit complex, billboards, trash to energy plants and many other difficult land use cases. A past chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association Real Estate Committee, Joe has also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Joe currently serves on the Council of the Municipal Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. A frequent lecturer on real estate law subjects, Joe has been called upon to speak several times at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Real Estate Institute and at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. In 1998, Joe formed the Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association and he continues to be its solicitor and a frequent speaker at its meetings. Joe has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for the  years 2013-2014. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. A graduate of Delaware Law School, (J.D. 1983), Joe received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University (B.S. 1980).

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education

  • Delaware Law School (J.D. 1983)
  • Villanova University (B.S. 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Eastern District Court
  • U.S. Third Circuit Court

Speeches/Publications

  • Featured Speaker at the 2009, 2011, and 2014 Montgomery County Consortium of Townships meeting. The topic of his 2009 presentation involved expanding the Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association to include township planners as well as the Montgomery County Planning Commission and Temple University. His 2011 talk was on billboards and electronic signs. His 2014 talk was an update on electronic signage.
  • Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011, Billboards and Electronic Signs
  • Repeat Lecturer, Real Estate Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Association Zoning and Land Use
  • Lecturer, Real Estate, Lorman Group Zoning and Land Use
  • Speaker, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Land Use
  • Editor, Law Reporter, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Speaker, Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Council of Municipal Law Section
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, Real Estate Committee
    • Past Board Member
  • Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association
    • Founder and Solicitor
  • Valley Forge Council of Boy Scouts
    • Past Member, Executive Board
  • Norristown Rotary
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Norristown Jaycees
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • West Norriton Ambulance Squad
    • Life Member
  • West Norriton Optimist Club
    • Past President

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2013-2014
  • An award from the Montgomery County Bar Association for furthering the course of women in the Bar
  • West Norriton Ambulance Squad Life Member

Personal Interests

Joe has been the manager of several Little League baseball teams and served as coach of several Biddy Basketball teams. Additionally, he was a founder and coach for a summer basketball league. He is an avid golfer at Spring-Ford Country Club.

Over the course of his career, he has participated in over 2,000 municipal meetings or zoning hearings in the following municipalities:

Montgomery County
Abington Township, Bridgeport Borough, Collegeville Borough, Conshohocken Borough, Douglass Township, East Norriton Township, Horsham Township, Lansdale Borough, Limerick Township, Limerick Township Code Appeals Board, Limerick Township Industrial Development Authority, Lower Frederick Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Lower Merion Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Lower Providence Township, Lower Salford Township, Marlborough Township, Montgomery Township, New Hanover Township, Norristown Borough, North Wales Borough, Pennsburg Borough, Perkiomen Township, Plymouth Township, Plymouth Township Zoning Hearing Board, Pottstown Borough, Royersford Borough, Salford Township, Schwenksville Borough, Skippack Township, Towamencin Township, Trappe Borough, Upper Dublin Township, Upper Frederick Township, Upper Gwynedd Township, Upper Hanover Township, Upper Merion Township, Upper Merion Township General Authority, Upper Merion Township Transportation Authority, Upper Merion Township Zoning Hearing Board, Upper Pottsgrove Township, Upper Providence Township, Upper Salford Township, West Conshohocken Borough, West Conshohocken Borough Code Appeals Board, West Conshohocken Municipal Authority, West Norriton Municipal Authority, West Norriton Township, West Pottsgrove Township, Whitemarsh Township, Whitpain Township, Worcester Township

Chester County
East Coventry Township, East Nantmeal Township, North Coventry Township, Uwchlan Township, West Pikeland Township, West Vincent Township

Berks County
Amity Township, District Township (Special Counsel), Douglass Township, Douglass Township Code Appeals Board, Exeter Township, Hereford Township (Special Counsel), Leesport Borough, Longswamp Township, Maidencreek Township, Maxatawny Township, Topton Borough, Washington Township

Bucks County
Doylestown Borough, Langhorne Borough, Milford Township, Perkasie Borough, Solebury Township, Upper Southampton Township, West Rockhill Township

Lehigh County
Catasauqua Borough, Lower Macungie Township, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Saucon Township

In addition, Joe serves as Special Counsel for the following municipalities:
Borough of Bridgeport, District Township, Berks County, Hereford Township, Lower Pottsgrove Township Zoning Hearing Board, Lower Providence Township, and Montgomery County

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