John Walko is a member of his firm’s Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Cannabis, and Criminal Defense departments. John serves as the Solicitor for a number of area municipalities and the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds Office. John’s exceptional municipal representation has earned his selection to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star List in the area of State, Local & Municipal Law for 2016-2020. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

In addition to his municipal work, John represents residential, commercial, cannabis, institutional, and religious-based clients in their real estate, zoning, and land use needs. He serves as legal counsel for local landowners, tenants, businesses, fire departments, churches, and schools that desire efficient, organized, thorough, and cost-effective legal representation.

Prior to joining the firm, John served as a prosecutor with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where he formed a reputation as an honest, skilled, and prepared trial attorney. Ultimately, he was promoted to serve as the County’s Captain of Economic Crimes where he worked with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute complex financial crimes. With such past experience, John also assists clients with their criminal defense and estate planning needs, and was previously voted “Best of MontCo” in The Times Herald newspaper for Criminal Defense and Wills & Estates.

Originally a native of Western Pennsylvania, John now resides with his wife and family in Jenkintown.

 

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Credentials

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States  Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • West Virginia University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
  • Bryn Athyn College (A.A., 2000, M.A. 2003)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, 2008-2013
  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy, Board of Advisors, 2011-2013
  • Bryn Athyn College / Academy of the New Church, Board of Trustees, 2012-2015
  • Abington Health Foundation Business Council, Board Member
  • Montgomery County LGBT Business Council, Board Member

Publications & Speeches

  • Simple Will, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, June 20, 2018.
  • Streamlined Notary Acknowledgements Take Effect, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, October 25, 2017.
  • Zoned Here for the Beer, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, August 29, 2017.
  • Presenter, Law Seminars International, August 25, 2017.
  • Don’t Bogart that Medical Marijuana Permit: How to Respond to a Denial Notice, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, June 20, 2017
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation and the Impact on Municipalities, Presenter, Montgomery County Association of Township Officials (MCATO), February 24, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning for Medical Marijuana, Co-Presenter, Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management, January 27, 2017.
  • What’s In a Name? HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, October 31, 2016
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation Update, Co-Presenter, Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association, September 14, 2016.
  • Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Presenter, Berks County Inns of Court, September 12, 2016.
  • Lessons from South of the Pennsylvania Border: Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Applicants Can Learn from Maryland’s Selections, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, September 8, 2016
  • “‘Moran’ Decision Has Big Implications for Municipal Officials,” coauthor in The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2015. Link to article can be found here.
  • “‘Moran’ Decision Has Big Implications for Municipal Officials,” coauthor in Pennsylvania Law Weekly, March 2015.
  • Murder at the Commonwealth: An Overview of Criminal Homicide, CLE, in conjunction with the High School Mock Trial District Competition, Montgomery County Courthouse, February 2015.
  • Regular presenter to local high schools, colleges, and law schools on the topics of civics, persuasive speech, courtroom conduct, and the judicial system.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition for the years 2016-2020
  • Voted The Times Herald‘s “Best of MontCo” for Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Wills & Estates
  • 2010 and 2012 Commendations from the Montgomery County District Attorney for Homicide and Hit and Run Resulting in Death trials and convictions
  • 2013 Recognition Award from the Abington Township Board of Commissioners and Police Department for his dedicated legal service to the community.
  • Villanova Law Pro Bono Service Award Recipient (2007)