John F. Walko

John F. Walko
P: (215) 661-0400
F: (215) 661-0315
E: JWalko@HRMML.com
Administrative Contact:
Kathi Chiodo
KChiodo@HRMML.com

John Walko is a member of the firm’s Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Medical Marijuana, and Criminal Defense departments.  Although John assists with the firm’s array of municipal clients, John serves as the Solicitor for Narberth Borough, Solicitor to Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, and Deputy Solicitor for Upper Merion Township and West Vincent Township.

John started his legal career as an associate attorney for Hamburg Rubin.  In 2008, John left the firm to become an Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.  While serving as a county prosecutor, John formed a reputation as an honest, skilled and prepared trial attorney.  In 2011, he was promoted to Captain of Economic Crimes for Montgomery County, where he worked with federal, state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute complex, white collar, financial crimes.  In 2014, John was voted “Best of MontCo” in The Times Herald newspaper in three separate categories – Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Wills & Estates – before returning to HRMM&L in November of 2014.

John was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition in the area of State, Local & Municipal Law for 2016 and 2017. He received his law degree from Villanova Law School in 2007, where he received awards for his pro bono service, trial team, and moot court board participation.  Prior to law school, John received his Masters and Associates degrees from Bryn Athyn College, and his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from West Virginia University in 2002.  John is an active member of the Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.  Originally a native of Western Pennsylvania, he now resides with his wife and family in Abington Township, where he serves as the appointed Hearing Officer for the Abington Township Red Light Camera program.

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Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education

  • West Virginia University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
  • Bryn Athyn College (A.A., 2000, M.A. 2003)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Speeches/Publications

  • Medical Marijuana Legislation and the Impact on Municipalities, Presenter, Montgomery County Association of Township Officials (MCATO), February 24, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning for Medical Marijuana, Presenter,  Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management, January 27, 2017.
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation Update, Co-Presenter, Montgomery County Zoning Officers Association, September 14, 2016.
  • Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Presenter, Berks County Inns of Court, September 12, 2016.
  • “‘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.
  • Murder at the Commonwealth: An Overview of Criminal Homicide, CLE, in conjunction with the High School Mock Trial District Competition, Montgomery County Courthouse, February 2015.
  • Regular presenter to schools, law enforcement, business organizations & community groups on crime prevention, financial crimes and computer crimes.
  • Regular presenter to local high schools, colleges, and law schools on the topics of persuasive speech, courtroom conduct, and the judicial system.

Professional and Civic Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, 2008-2013
  • Montgomery County Child Advocacy, Board of Advisors, 2011-2013
  • Bryn Athyn College / Academy of the New Church, Board of Trustees, 2012-2015
  • Abington Health Foundation Business Council, Member

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2016, 2017
  • Voted The Times Herald‘s “Best of MontCo” for Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Wills & Estates
  • 2010 and 2012 Commendations from the Montgomery County District Attorney for Homicide and Hit and Run Resulting in Death trials and convictions
  • 2013 Recognition Award from the Abington Township Board of Commissioners and Police Department for his dedicated legal service to the community.
  • Villanova Law Pro Bono Service Award Recipient (2007)

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