John F. Lushis, Jr.

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John F. Lushis Jr., a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of the Economic Development Practice, focuses his practice on real estate, commercial transaction law, and environmental law.

He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and an array of commercial agreements. John has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits including Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and St. Luke’s Hospital. He also has been involved in tax increment financing projects including Hamilton Crossings Retail Complex and West Hills Business Center. He serves as solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, and served as solicitor to Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp.

In late 2015, John became involved in “P3” projects (public-private partnerships), and is a lead architect of a first-of-its-kind P3 project in Pennsylvania. This project, which includes a novel financing structure, will allow Northampton County to replace or rehabilitate numerous bridges at substantial cost and time savings compared to traditional methods. The project has become a model for other P3 projects and has received statewide and national attention. As an outgrowth of the project, John assisted in drafting legislation signed by Governor Wolfe in October 2017 to allow counties having a certain population, such as Northampton County, to construct a new jail using a P3 transaction structure.

As one of the firm’s corporate environmental counsel, John focuses on soil and groundwater issues and other environmental issues for various businesses.

John is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and his knowledge of intellectual property is a valuable resource for clients who have projects and transactions in this area.

John has represented prominent entities including Always Bagels, BB&T, Health Network Labs, Lehigh University, LifePath, Melting Pot Restaurants, and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

For more than 22 years, John was in-house counsel for Bethlehem Steel where he was co-lead counsel on the sale of assets to the International Steel Group for $1.5 billion to companies owned by Wilbur Ross, the United States Secretary of Commerce. While at Bethlehem Steel, John was heavily involved with brownfield re-development of the corporation’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, property, and directed the development and implementation of strategies to manage substantial assets and liabilities associated with more than 75 of Bethlehem Steel’s facilities and properties in Pennsylvania, across the U.S., and internationally. During his career, he has been involved in transactions and financings totaling billions of dollars.


John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. to Sponsor and John Lushis & Graham Simmons to Participate in 2017 PEDA Fall Conference

John Lushis, a Co-Presenter at NACo Annual Conference & Exposition

What Tools are in Your Environmental Toolbox?




Blog - Biz Law Blog

Tax Increment Financing - Still a Vital Economic Development Tool

NM&M Helps Pave the Way for More P3 Projects

Pennsylvania’s P3 Project: The First of its Kind

Predicting the Future of P3 Projects

Turn Brown to Green

New Industrial Park = New Jobs and New Tax Revenues

Economic Development Projects in Easton: Downtown Easton Preparing for Multiple Redevelopment Projects

The Pennsylvania Tax Increment Financing Act: An Analysis


•“Erosion and Sedimentation Control Regulations, ” Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Environmental Law Alert, December 2014
•Interview, “Lower Saucon Landfill makes pitch to homeowners,” WFMZ-TV 69 News, November 7, 2014
•“Brownfields to gold mines? Possible - but be careful, ” Lehigh Valley Business, September 30, 2013
•“EPA Certification Requirements Regarding Lead Paint,” Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino Environmental Alert, November 2010


•“Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” 2017 RE3 Conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, November 1-3, 2017
•“Addressing Aging Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships,” 2017 PEDA Fall Conference, Allentown, PA, October 25, 2017
•P3 Projects, National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH, July 21, 2017
•“Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil: Understanding Environmental Risks Can Create Opportunities,” September 25, 2013
•“Strategically Positioning Clients to Acquire or Sell a Business,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, June 14, 2012
•Recovery Zone Financing, LVEDC 2010 Business Financing Conference, 2010
•Beware! The “Other” Side of the LSRP Program, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, March 25, 2010
•“Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Bonds, ” Client Seminar, December 1, 2009


John F. Lushis, Jr., has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent status.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Environmental Law
  • Economic Development Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(484) 765-2211  Phone
(610) 391-1805  Fax
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.S.M.E., cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; 1980, Pennsylvania; 1985, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court

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