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 34 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, East Whiteland (Chester) Township, and West Conshohocken Borough. 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 is the past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has been elected as a voting member to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. 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 named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018-2022. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers each year. Joe has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Municipal Law for 2021-2023. Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin has been selected as a “Best Law Firm” for the years 2015-2023 by U.S. News and World Report. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Joe has also been recognized as a 2021 Best Lawyer in Chester County by The Daily Local News.
A graduate of Delaware Law School, (J.D. 1983), Joe received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University (B.S. 1980).
Over the course of his career, Joe has participated in over 2,000 municipal meetings or zoning hearings in the following municipalities:
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 Pottsgrove Township, Whitemarsh Township, Whitpain Township, Worcester Township
East Coventry Township, East Nantmeal Township, East Whiteland Township, North Coventry Township, Phoenixville Borough, Uwchlan Township, West Pikeland Township
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
Doylestown Borough, Langhorne Borough, Milford Township, Perkasie Borough, Solebury Township, Upper Southampton Township, West Rockhill Township
Catasauqua Borough, Lower Macungie Township, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Saucon Township
North Manheim Township
In addition, Joe has served 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