John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a co-presenter at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Conference & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio, on July 21. Along with Northampton County Executive, John Brown, and County Director of Public Works, Stan Rugis, he discussed Northampton County’s P3 projects.
The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition, held July 21-24, brought together elected officials and county staff from across the country to education and networking sessions aimed to improve the residents’ lives and the efficiency of the counties.
Lushis focuses his practice on transaction, real estate, and environmental law. He serves as one of the Firm’s corporate environmental counsel, focusing on soil and groundwater issues and other environmental issues for various businesses. He provides counsel transactions including loan transactions, corporate restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures, leases, industrial development authority financings, and a wide array of commercial agreements. He has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits, as well as tax increment financing projects that have spurred major industrial and commercial developments. Lushis serves as solicitor for Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and co-solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County New Jobs Corp, and Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project. In his work as solicitor for the General Purpose Authority, he is one of the “architects” of the first-of-their-kind P3 projects in the United States with particular focus on innovative financing.
Lushis has represented some of the Lehigh Valley’s most prominent entities, including American Bank, BB&T, Health Network Labs, Horwith Trucks, Lehigh University, LifePath, Melting Pot Restaurants, Molded Acoustical Products of Easton, the Paxos Restaurant Group, and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. In his career, he has been involved in transactions and financings totaling well into the billions of dollars.
Lushis earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 1980, and his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. He holds an AV (Preeminent) rating from Martindale-Hubbel.