Blake concentrates his practice on higher education, real estate and municipal law. As Chair of the Higher Education Group, he coordinates industry-specific projects for college and university clients. In his real estate practice, he serves as lead counsel for projects as diverse as health care campuses, regional business headquarters, multi-municipality planned residential developments, condominiums, ground leases, industrial reuses and commercial and industrial land developments. He represents brokers, purchasers and sellers, developers, municipalities, syndicators and lenders in zoning, regulatory, leasing, historic rehabilitation, land development and subdivision matters.
As a municipal attorney, he has counseled more than 50 communities statewide, has served as solicitor for municipalities in three counties, including South Whitehall, a township of the first class; Lower Macungie and Cromwell, townships of the second class; Whitehall, a home rule charter community; the Borough of Bath; and the South Whitehall Township Authority.
As a lecturer and writer, Blake has written, taught and presented on behalf of teaching organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), the Council of Independent Colleges, the Pennsylvania Planning Association, the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities and the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors. He has authored land use material for the American Bar Association Journal The Urban Lawyer and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. His treatise on road law is used by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for training purposes at its Municipal Law Colloquium and Real Estate Institute.
Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Muhlenberg College, B.A., 1974
U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Lower Macungie Township v. East Penn School District
- Gross v. Whitehall Township
- Toll Brothers v. South Whitehall Township
- LVD Realty Inc. v. Whitehall Township
Selected Speaking Engagements:
- "Land Use Control Through Municipal Delay: The Case for an Eminent Domain Remedy," Urban Lawyer.
- PA DCED: Municipal Solicitor's Handbook.
- City of Reading Zoning Ordinance.
"Influencing Cultures of Learning Through a Recruiting and Professional Development Strategy," Co-author. The Independant, Council of Independent Colleges.
"Successful Recruiting: A Practical Guide to Recruiting Faculty and Administrators." Editor. Franklin Consulting Group.
"The Role of Lawyering in the Higher Education Recruiting Process." Franklin Consulting Group.
"Highlights and Conclusions from Surveys of Personnel Recruiting at Colleges and Universities." Co-author. Franklin Consulting Group.
- "Land Development Process," PBI Real Estate Institute
- "Road Law," PBI Municipal Law Colloquium
- "Municipal Authorities," PBI Municipal Law Colloquium
- "Land Use Law," Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
- "Academic Personnel Strategy and Recruiting," Dean's Institute, Council of Independent Colleges
- "Integrating Mission Based Recruiting with Liability Aviodance Strategies," CUPA-HR
Professional Associations/Civic Affiliations:
National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Muhlenberg College, Past Board Officer
Pennsylvania Planning Association
Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, Lecturer
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
Lower Macungie Township Historical Commission, Chair
Republican State Committeeman, NECRA Chair
Lehigh County Republican Committee, Counsel
Good Shepherd Home and Rehabilitation Hospital, Board of Trustees, Past Chair
Philadelphia Post-Acute Partners, LLC, Board Member
Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Counsel
Pennsylvania Bar Association
PA Shakespeare Festival, Board of Directors