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:

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 Pottsgrove Township, Whitemarsh Township, Whitpain Township, Worcester Township

Chester County
East Coventry Township, East Nantmeal Township, East Whiteland Township, North Coventry Township, Phoenixville Borough, Uwchlan Township, West Pikeland 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

Monroe County
Pocono Township

Schuylkill County
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




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


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


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Voting Member, House of Delegates
    • Past Chair, Municipal Law Section
    • Member, Council of Municipal Law Section
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Past Chairman, Real Estate Committee
    • Past Member of Board of Directors
  • Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association
    • Founder and Solicitor
  • Norristown Rotary
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Norristown Jaycees
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • West Norriton Ambulance Squad
    • Life Member

Publications & Speeches

  • Distributed Antenna Systems and Your Neighborhood, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, April 20, 2018.
  • International Property Management Code, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, November 20, 2017.
  • Zoning – Art or Science, HRMM&L Legal Spotlight, November 29, 2016
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation Update, Co-Presenter, Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association, September 14, 2016.
  • Quoted on WHYY radio, “Montgomery County sheriff keeping six side jobs,” January 2016. Link to transcript can be found here.
  • “‘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.
  • 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. 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
  • Published three times by the PA Bar Institute on various matters including zoning law

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Municipal Law for the years 2021-2023.
  • Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List 2013-2015, and 2018-2022. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers each year.
  • Recognized as a 2021 Best Lawyer in Chester County by The Daily Local News.
  • 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.