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John F. Lushis, Jr.
(610) 391-1800

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John F. Lushis, Jr.

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

He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including acquisitions and divestitures, leases, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and a wide array of commercial agreements.  John has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits, as well as tax increment financing projects.

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.

John is one of the firm’s corporate environmental counsel, focusing on soil and groundwater issues and other environmental issues for various businesses.  He is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He serves as solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project.

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

John was in-house counsel for Bethlehem Steel for more than 22 years, where he was co-lead counsel on the sale of assets to the International Steel Group for $1.5 billion and was heavily involved with brownfield re-development of the Corporation’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, property.  While at Bethlehem Steel, he directed the development and implementation of strategies to manage substantial assets and liabilities associated with more than 75 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.



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  • “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 & Marcus, Allentown, PA, June 14, 2012
  • Recovery Zone Financing, LVEDC 2010 Business Financing Conference, 2010
  • Beware! The “Other” Side of the LSRP Program, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Bridgewater, NJ, March 25, 2010
  • Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Bonds,” Client Seminar, December 1, 2009


  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
    • J.D., 1980
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.S.M.E., cum laude, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office