About Us

Mission and Vision

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC exists to provide professional services of superior value designed to enhance our clients’ success. We do this with creativity and integrity – anticipating problems and understanding our clients’ needs.

We will foster a firm culture that attracts and retains the best people and enables each of us to achieve our goals. We will work with enthusiasm and unity of purpose. We will continue as leaders in our community and profession.

 

 

 

 

 

In the Community

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC is committed to devoting our resources and skills to constantly improve the communities in which we do business. For the firm, this includes contributions to charitable organizations, sponsorship of charity events, and encouraging employees to contribute to the United Way through payroll deductions. Similarly, our attorneys and staff give generously of their personal time and talent to organizations in their own communities. All attorneys in the firm are encouraged to donate pro bono services, which they provide individually and through Central Pennsylvania Legal Services.

The following is a sampling of these community organizations:

  • Abington Friends School
  • Auto Dealers Association Caring for Kids Foundation
  • Adams County Housing Authority
  • Allegheny Valley School
  • Allied Arts Fund
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Beth El Temple Big 33 Scholarship Foundation
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Bowl for Kid’s Sake
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region
  • Blaise Robert “BR and Annie Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund”
  • Brandywine Youth Club
  • Camp Hill Presbyterian Church
  • Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute
  • Capital Region Economic Development Corporation
  • Carlisle Fish and Game Association
  • Carlisle Summer Fair
  • Center for Independent Living of Central PA
  • Central PA Food Bank
  • Central Pennsylvania Autism Education and Resource Center
  • Central Pennsylvania Legal Services
  • Channels Food Rescue
  • Central York School District Diversity Education Committee
  • Chestnut Grove Lutheran Church
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Chisuk Emuna Congregation
  • Clearwater Conservancy
  • Columbia Borough School District
  • Columbia Borough Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Columbia Rotary Club
  • Columbus Literacy Council
  • Community Works Charter School
  • Compassionate Friends, The – Camp Hill Chapter
  • Concertante Chamber Players
  • Consolidated School of Business
  • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  • Cumberland Dance Company
  • Dauphin County Economic Development Corporation
  • Dauphin County Executive Commission on Drugs and Alcohol
  • Dauphin County Library System
  • Dauphin County Public Service Committee
  • Dauphin County Victims/Witness Assistance Program
  • Demuth Museum
  • Dickinson College – McAndrews Fund Golf Tournament
  • Dickinson School of Law
  • Dillsburg Borough
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals of Central PA
  • Dress for Success South Central PA
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Elizabethtown College Pre-Law Advisory Board
  • Envision Capital Region
  • Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Exchange Club of Harrisburg
  • F & AM (Masons) Lodge 43
  • Faith Bible Fellowship Church
  • Family Support of Central PA
  • Fellowship of Bible Churches
  • Firm Foundation of Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Foundation for Enhancing Communities
  • Four Diamonds Fund
  • Cleve J. Fredricksen Library
  • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)
  • Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Greater Harrisburg Foundation
  • Gretna Music
  • Gretna Theatre
  • Habitat for Humanity – Greater Harrisburg Area
  • HACC Foundation and HACC/Homeland /Center
  • Haile Meckling-Evert Education Fund
  • Harrisburg Parks Partnership
  • Harrisburg Rotary Club
  • Harrisburg University of Science & Technology
  • Harrisburg Young Professionals
  • Hazleton Educational Council
  • Hempfield Soccer Club
  • Hershey Baseball Association
  • Hershey Youth Soccer
  • HMMS Soccer Association
  • Hope Station Opportunity Area
  • HOPE Worldwide
  • Hospice of Central PA
  • Hospice of Lancaster County
  • Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg
  • Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg
  • Jonathan Eshenour Foundation
  • Jump Street
  • Junior Achievement of Southcentral PA
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Keystone Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Keystone Service Systems – ChocolateFest
  • Kiwanis Club of Hazleton
  • Lancaster Central Market Trust
  • Lancaster Country Day School
  • Lancaster County Human Relations Association
  • Lancaster County Youth Amateur Hockey League
  • Lancaster Day Care Center
  • Lancaster Young Professionals
  • Laurel Auto Group Charity Golf Classic
  • Leadership Carlisle
  • Leadership Harrisburg Area
  • Lebanon County Historical Society
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Linglestown Junior High School
  • Manheim Township Baseball Association
  • March of Dimes
  • Market Square Concerts
  • Market Square Presbyterian Church
  • Member’s First Federal Credit Union
  • Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union
  • Midtown Market District
  • Military Heritage Foundation
  • Modern Transit Partnership
  • Montgomery County Council of PTAs – Northwest Cluster
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center Foundation
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Nativity School of Harrisburg
  • Newell Little League
  • Nittany Valley Symphony
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA)
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Harrisburg
  • Ohio Youth in Government
  • Open Stage
  • Palmer Museum of Art
  • Parents Anonymous of Central PA
  • ParentWorks, Inc.
  • Pittsburg Automobile Trade Association Charitable Foundation
  • Penn Garden Lions Club
  • Penn National Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament – Carlino Fund for IBS Research
  • Penn State University Hazleton Campus
  • Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Commission
  • Pennsylvania Grange Federal Credit Union
  • Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
  • Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Safety Management Council
  • Pennsylvania National Horse Show
  • Pennsylvania Planning Association
  • Pennsylvania Press Club
  • Pennsylvania Statewide High School Mock Trial Executive Committee
  • Pennsylvania Society, The
  • Peruzzi Automotive Group – Golf Classic
  • Pine Street Presbyterian Church
  • PinnacleHealth Foundation / PinnacleHealth Auxiliary
  • Presbyterian Homes
  • Program for Female Offenders, The
  • Project Forward Leap
  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
  • Red Cross – Toll Brothers- Monopoly Tournament & Auction
  • Reynolds Golf Outing
  • Ronald McNair Elementary School PTA
  • Rutherford Youth Club
  • Salem United Church of Christ
  • Schreiber Pediatric
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle
  • Shaner Hotel Group – Shaner/M&T Charity Golf Tournament
  • Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate Campaign
  • South Central PA Chapter American Society for Metals International
  • South Central PA Food Bank – Hoops for Hunger
  • Spring Creek Manor
  • St. Francis Xavier School – Annual Golf Tournament
  • St. Gabriel’s Church
  • St. Joseph’s Church
  • St. Joseph Health Ministries Foundation
  • St. Joseph Parish
  • St. Margaret Mary Church
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • St. Theresa School and Church
  • Susquehanna Alliance
  • Susquehanna Art Museum
  • Susquehanna Service Dogs
  • Susquehanna Township Cross Country Club
  • Susquehanna Valley House of Hope
  • Susquehanna Valley Ozone Action Partnership
  • Team Battelle/Battelle Rivers and Streams Beautification Project
  • Team Pennsylvania Foundation
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • TresslerCare Wilderness Program
  • Tri-County Association for the Blind
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • United Jewish Community Appeal
  • United Methodist Home for Children
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way of Greater Hazleton
  • United Way of the Capital Region
  • United Way of Lancaster County
  • Upper Arlington Lutheran Church
  • Upper Montgomery Athletic Association
  • Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Vision Foundation, The
  • Volunteer Center
  • Water Street Rescue Mission
  • West Shore Evangelical Free Church
  • Whitaker Center
  • Widener University School of Law
  • Women’s Cancer Programs of EIF – Lee Denim Day partner
  • YorkArts
  • YMCA

Pro Bono

McNees supports its lawyers in fulfilling their responsibilities under Rule 6.1 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, and similar rules applicable to its attorneys in other jurisdictions, which states a “that a lawyer should render public interest legal service.”   The firm recognizes that an attorney may discharge this responsibility by providing legal services to persons of limited means, public service organizations, or charitable groups.

McNees also recognizes that pro bono service offers occasions for individual professional experiences and satisfactions that are unique to this type of legal work. McNees encourages its attorneys to experience the unique professional satisfaction that comes from representing a pro bono client.

The firm as a whole has long participated in and supported numerous pro bono programs, including the pro bono programs of the Dauphin County Bar Association, the Federal Middle District Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. McNees attorneys regularly receive referrals of pro bono cases from these organizations and others.

McNees attorneys have been leaders in pro bono organizations, serving as, among other things, chair of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Community, chair of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, and chair of the Dauphin County Bar Association Public Service Community.

As part of McNees’ pro bono efforts, McNees attorneys have:

  • provided wills and other estate planning documents for Pennsylvania’s first responders under the PBA’s Wills for Heroes Program
  • obtained protection from abuse orders to protect women from domestic violence as part of the YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • reviewed licensing contracts and otherwise assisted new artists in protecting their intellectual property as part of the Lawyers for the Arts Program
  • helped new charitable community organizations to form and obtain 501(c)3 status
  • assisted clients in relocating for better job opportunities while retaining custody of their children
  • prevented low income tenants from being evicted from their homes
  • assisted clients in responding to consumer credit card lawsuits related to previously extinguished debt obligations
  • helped a client obtain expungement of a minor criminal offense in order to obtain employmentThis is just a sampling of the firm’s pro bono activities and individual attorneys’ success stories. The firm’s legal professionals are encouraged to find pro bono opportunities that fit their interest in skills and to make a difference by sharing their legal skills with those who might otherwise go unrepresented.

The firm also recognizes that there are other pro bono programs in Dauphin County, and the other regions in which the firm has offices, that are worthy of support, including, but not limited to, the Harrisburg YWCA Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, the Wills for Heroes Program of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pro Bono Program of the Federal Middle District Bar Association.

The firm’s attorneys and professionals are active in these, and other, pro bono programs. The firm’s legal professionals are encouraged to find pro bono opportunities that fit their interest and skills and to make a difference by sharing their legal skills with those who might otherwise go unrepresented.

Diversity and Inclusion

McNees is committed to hiring and retaining people of diverse backgrounds, utilizing their talents and comprehensive experiences to provide legal services of the highest quality and to meet the full array of our clients’ needs. As a result, women and minorities comprise 24% of the firm’s ownership. At McNees, we foster understanding, communication, and respect among all people regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. We capitalize on the strengths of our diversity in creating a more vibrant workplace and firm culture, reflecting our community and, ultimately, enhancing the quality of our legal services.

We demonstrate our commitment to diversity in many ways, through our:

Firm Culture

McNees fosters a firm culture that attracts and retains the best people and enables each of us to achieve our goals. We work with enthusiasm and unity of purpose, and we continue as leaders in our community and profession. Openness, inclusiveness, fairness, respect, dignity, and collegiality drive us to better serve our clients and grow as professionals.

Committing in our Strategic Plan to “create, maintain, and advance” diversity in the workplace

At McNees, we create, maintain, and advance a diverse workplace through education and behavior. We hire CAMP 1L Associates (see  the Community Involvement section below), we conduct at least four Women’s Network events (see theWomen’s Network section below), and we make strategic contributions to community and professional organizations that promote diversity.

Supporting diversity through our Professional and Personal Development Committee (PPDC)

Our Professional and Personal Development Committee (PPDC) provides input to the Management Committee on important issues such as the McNees Core Values, life balance, the alternative work policy, and diversity and inclusion.

Our PPDC is responsible for a number of initiatives that promote personal and professional fulfillment and that help McNees maintain its traditions of collegiality and community involvement.

Through our PPDC, we hold a variety of training programs each year on topics such as client development, time management, leadership, diversity, negotiation skills and ethics.  McNees provides targeted training for our attorneys through an annual New Associate Orientation, the McNees Academy (for junior associates) and the McNees Leadership Series (for mid-level and senior associates).  The Committee also works with the Business Development and Marketing Department on training initiatives.

In conjunction with the Management Committee, the PPDC oversees the firm’s formal Mentoring Program, which assigns mentors to each incoming attorney.  The mentors assist in the mentee’s transition and integration into the firm.  Periodic training and other materials are provided to the mentors and mentees.

On a quarterly basis, the PPDC provides all McNees employees with opportunities to support local charities through fundraising and “hands-on” volunteer projects.  We also sponsor a monthly dress-down day, in which participants make monetary donations that are given to non-profit organizations recommended by our attorneys and our staff.

Finally, the PPDC promotes collegiality and “off the clock” interaction among our attorneys, most notably by organizing celebrations for our attorneys when they pass the Bar Examination and when they are elected into the membership of the Firm.  The McNees tradition of celebrating these significant milestones with each other has been in existence for decades.

Diversity Committee

McNees’ core values are openness, inclusiveness, fairness, respect, dignity, and collegiality.

As part of this inclusiveness, McNees is committed to fostering diversity in a positive and supportive work environment. We know and have experienced that a diverse group of professionals, including differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion, increases the value of our law firm, strengthens our firm’s ability to attract talented individuals, and enhances our ability to retain and serve our clients.  We welcome the unique perspectives derived from diverse life histories and experiences.  We recognize, understand, and appreciate that bringing together talented people from varied backgrounds creates a dynamic environment in which thoughtful and imaginative solutions to difficult legal problems are born. Maintaining an inclusive organization where all are and feel welcomed and empowered to succeed enables us to provide the breadth of experience and perspective that best serves our clients and our community.

Our commitment to cultivate and maintain a diverse workforce remains at the core of our outreach, retention and promotion efforts as we strive to maintain a firm culture that taps into the potential of every contributor.  As such, we are committed to making diversity an integral part of every facet of our firm, including our recruitment, hiring and training efforts, as well as the organizations we belong to and programs we sponsor.

As a leader in our communities and our profession, we also seek to extend our commitment to inclusiveness and diversity beyond our own firm.  We have established and led the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Equal Professional Opportunity Committee and the Capital Area Managing Partners (CAMP) Diversity Initiative (see  the Community Involvement section below), an organization dedicated to the goal of significantly increasing the number of minority lawyers who practice in the Capital Region.  We look to create additional, broader efforts and opportunities for the cultivation of diversity in the legal profession. For example, the Widener Black Law Students Association recently hosted a networking reception where our Chairman, Hiring Committee Chair, PPDC Chair, and one of our associates, who is an alumnae attended and participated.

Our Diversity Committee is charged with ensuring that our commitment continues to translate into tangible efforts and resulting success both internally and externally.   The Committee is comprised of the following:

  • Our Management Committee’s Outstanding People Primary Excellence
  • Goal Champion
  • Chair, Hiring Committee
  • Chair, Professional Personnel Development Committee
  • Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer
  • Director, Human Resources
  • Firm Chairperson (ex-officio)

The members of the committee include Jonathan Andrews, Adelou Bakare, Brian Jackson, Iris Jones, David Kleppinger, Donna Kreiser, and Daphne Moore.

Community Involvement

McNees is committed to devoting our resources and skills to constantly improve the communities in which we do business. We are proud to participate actively in the following organizations and initiatives, helping to make our community a better, more inclusive place to live and work.

Diversity and Inclusion Professionals of Central PA

The Diversity and Inclusion Professionals of Central PA represent a diverse cross-section of business, education, government, health care, law, both non-profit and for-profit organizations, and individuals. Members of the organization meet bi-monthly to discuss and exchange best practices ideas on various topics, including cultural competence, inclusive human resource policies in the office, change management, LGBT in the workplace, and integrating employees with disabilities.

Dauphin County Bar Association Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Initiative (CAMP)

The Harrisburg Capital Area Managing Partners’ Diversity Initiative (CAMP) prides itself on making diversity a key element of their leadership culture and a core value of their organization. The CAMP program was developed by the Dauphin County Bar Association Equal Professional Opportunity Committee (“EPOC”) under the leadership of its long-time past Committee Chair and McNees retired partner, David Lehman. The EPOC is the only Dauphin County Bar Association committee with its own budget and oversees the diversity and inclusion initiatives advanced by the Bar Association.

McNees has participated in the CAMP program every year since its founding in 2004. Each summer, through the CAMP 1L Initiative, we employ a minority first year law school student (1L) as an intern, who participates in our Summer Associate Program along with our second year law student interns (2Ls). The CAMP 1L Initiative has allowed us to see first-hand the excellent work product of minority first year law students who might not have come to our attention in our 2L summer hiring program. We currently employ two associates on member track who are CAMP alumni.

McNees members, including our Chairman, Hiring Committee Chair, and PPDC Chair, have assisted in the CAMP 1L Initiative interview and candidate assignment process.  McNees also hosts a program for the CAMP participants each year that focuses on job opportunities in the energy and telecommunications fields.

McNees and Black History Month

Throughout history, the people of this country have used the law to change the landscape of society, following the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “all men are created equal.” At McNees, all are treated, and expected to treat others, with equal respect and appreciation. Anything to the contrary is unacceptable and not tolerated.

PA Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King Jr. Program

McNees has sponsored the PA Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Program for five years. The Martin Luther King, Jr. program was established in 1991 to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. The MLK program offers summer internships throughout the PA Legal Aid Network for rising second- and third-year law students.

McNees also participates in a variety of local diversity initiatives in the communities we serve:

Women’s Network

The women attorneys at McNees are leaders in our firm and our community, and share a commitment to excellence. They work with our clients to solve legal challenges in multiple practices areas. They also devote themselves to supporting and guiding organizations throughout our communities.

McNees supports the professional development and advancement of women in our firm through active mentoring by female and male attorneys and valuable networking and business development training.   McNees encourages our attorneys to participate and hold leadership positions in women-centric and professional organizations.

McNees is proud to have many valued women in leadership roles at the firm. The women leaders of our firm make up 37% of Attorneys, 25% of Members, 46% of Associates, and 55% of Of Counsel. The women at McNees comprise 25% of our Management Committee and are leaders of 26% of our Practice Groups.

Women’s Network Mission

The mission of the McNees Women’s Network is to provide a forum to build professional connections and promote business opportunities through substantive programs and social events.  The McNees Women’s Network was formed in 2004, and today includes over 500 women who are clients, vendors, and friends of McNees.

Each year, we present three substantive programs and one social program for our Women’s Network members.

2016 programs:
May 25
(Harrisburg) and 26 (Lancaster), 2016 – Lessons From Business Women In History That You Have Never Heard Of
Today there are many well-known, successful women in business. We read their books, study their paths, and try to replicate their achievements in our own careers. But enough about them. We want to share with you the much more interesting stories of 5 not well-known women in history who overcame the incredible challenges of their times to excel in the business world.

Attorney and historian wannabe Helen Gemmill presents the entertaining and fascinating tales of these women, and discover what we can still learn from them for the business world of 2016.

Click here to for learn more about this program.

Our 2015 substantive programs were:

  • The Evolution of Diversity in the Workplace. This panel discussion featured the Commonwealth’s Physician General Rachel Levine, M.D., and McNees attorneys Barbara Darkes and Rachel Hadrick.  McNees attorney Kathleen Bruder served as moderator.  Our panelists discussed how the concept of a diverse workplace has changed dramatically, continues to evolve, and how we can benefit from and thrive in a truly diverse environment. Each of the panelists shared advice from their own workplace experiences as a transgender woman, lesbian woman, and woman of color.
  • Personality Testing in the Workplace. McNees employment law attorneys Denise Elliott and Kelley Kaufman discussed the benefits and detriments of personality testing in the workplace. The program explained how employers can fairly use personality testing and what answers to sample test questions may say – or be interpreted to say – about employees.
  • The State of the Healthcare Industry:  What’s Really Going On? For this program, Kelly S. Lieblein, Regional Vice President of Highmark Blue Shield, discussed what’s really going on in the healthcare industry today – and likely tomorrow. She shared what the industry is doing to reduce costs, improve care and outcomes, protect privacy, implement new technology, and transform the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Holiday Gathering. For this social event, we joined together in honor of the holiday season for an evening of celebration at Hollywood Casino. The time was filled with networking, eating, drinking, building relationships and contacts, and overall holiday cheer (as well as a few bets on the horses that we watched race from our private conference room).

The Women’s Network continues to be one of the few professional women’s groups of its kind in Central Pennsylvania. Our programming and events foster multiple opportunities for professional women to learn, discuss, network and socialize. If you are interested in joining our McNees Women’s Network, please contact Karen Swaringen at kswaringen@mcneeslaw.com.

LGBT Initiatives

McNees is committed to our policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees regardless of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. Below are ways McNees supports the LGBT community:

Domestic Partner benefits

McNees recognizes that families have many different structures, so in furtherance of our inclusiveness, we offer domestic partner coverage for medical, dental, and vision plans at the standard premium spousal rates for domestic partners.

Pennsylvania Competes

McNees, along with many other community supporters, joined the Pennsylvania Competes movement to prohibit discrimination against hardworking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians. We also financially support the Central PA LGBT Center and have many attorneys and staff who have committed their individual funds and time to the Central PA LGBT Center.

Lancaster Pride Festival and Celebration

McNees was a top supporting sponsor for the 2015 Lancaster Pride Corporate Event which celebrates diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, and ally communities in Lancaster County.

Recruitment

McNees exists to provide professional services of superior value which excel our clients’ expectations. We do this with creativity and integrity, anticipating problems and understanding our clients’ needs. Recruiting diverse and talented employees to fit our winning team is something we pride ourselves on.

Active participation in the Dauphin County Bar Association (“DCBA”) Minority Job Fair and CAMP 1L Initiative

The DCBA, through its Equal Professional Opportunity Committee (“EPOC”), sponsors a job fair and invites first-year law students for summer internships. Last fall, the EPOC recruited students from a wide variety of schools to submit their resumes. Many firms invited students for interviews, and several of them received multiple job offers.  Through the CAMP 1L Initiative, we employ a minority first year law school student (1L), who participates in our Summer Associate Program  along with our second year law student interns (2Ls).

Our Hiring Committee plans to visit numerous law schools to recruit 2L candidates to fill associate positions. We also solicit resumes from law schools and participate in at least one Job Fair. Of course, we welcome applications from law students attending schools where we do not recruit.

 

Gilbert Nurick (left), Governor Dick Thornburgh (middle), and Penns ylvania Bar Association President Louis Goffman (right).

History

In 1912, Sterling G. McNees started his law career in the small western Pennsylvania town of Apollo, just 20 minutes east of Pittsburgh. Then in 1935, shortly after he formed a partnership with Charles Hollinger and Gilbert Nurick, he was engaged by Milton Hershey to do legal work for Hershey interests. As they served Hershey Chocolate Corporate, Hershey Estates, the Milton Hershey School, the Hershey Trust Company and Hershey National Bank as well as other clients, their reputation for conscientious and successful service grew.

In 1942, David M. Wallace joined the firm, and by 1950, McNees Wallace & Nurick had grown to specialize in a wide array of practice groups, such as real estate, financial services and estate and trusts.

McNees Wallace & Nurick opened offices in Washington D.C. in 1996, Columbus, Ohio in 1997, State College,

Pennsylvania in 2002, Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2004 and Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2012.

Today, McNees Wallace & Nurick continues its tradition of valued service, its understanding of Clients First, and its leading edge spirit. Explore our site and you’ll see that while McNees Wallace & Nurick keeps ahead of your trends, issues and challenges, our foundation of quality service remains steadfast and strong.

Honors and Accolades

McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys are frequently recognized as leaders in various surveys and publications both legal and non-legal. Below are just a few of these:


McNees Wallace & Nurick was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 



The Best Lawyers in America
, in the 2016 edition, includes 39 McNees attorneys. Of the 39 selected, 7 attorneys named “Lawyers of the Year”. Best Lawyers in America is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. and called “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice” by Corporate Magazine.

 

 


McNees recently listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®

McNees earned Tier-2 national rankings in Energy Law, in the 2016 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

 

 

 



Seventy-eight McNees attorneys are recognized as Select Lawyers in Central Pennsylvania.

 



Super Lawyers
recognized 15 McNees attorneys in their 2016 Pennsylvania directory.

 



Two McNees attorneys have been recognized as 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers. One McNees attorney has been recoginized as 2016 DC Super Lawyers

 



For the third year in a row a poll of Harrisburg Magazine’s more than 30,000 readers resulted in McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC being selected as the Readers’ Choice for best law firm in the Central Pennsylvania region.

 



McNees has been named to the inaugural list of the National Law Journal’s “NLJ 350”, the definitive ranking of the largest 350 law firms in the nation, ranked by number of full-time attorney positions.

 


McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC received the Gold Achievement Award as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association’s My Heart since 2012. As a Fit-Friendly Worksite, we are corporate trailblazers who have adopted the spirit of the initiative and have the vision to try improving the health and wellness of employees and the worksite.

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has been recognized in 2010 a Go-To Law Firm in Corporate Counsel’s nationally respected reference guide, In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies.

 


The United Way awarded McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC the prestigious Excellence in Leadership Award for its many contributions to the organization. This award is presented each year to an organization whose hard work, creativity, and commitment of time and resources demonstrate exemplary support of United Way.


Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area honored McNees as an “Outstanding Company” for demonstrating consistent, exceptional, dedicated support of the organization and the community in a selfless way.

Wellness Initiative

To achieve the Firm’s goals, we aim for happy, healthy, productive employees who have engaging, challenging work in an environment where excellence and client service is rewarded. To help our attorneys and staff in their health and wellness targets, we are proud to provide a strong selection of benefit plans, coupled with a range of health and wellness programs throughout the year to enhance balance between career and personal well-being.

  • EAP (free and confidential counseling)
  • Walking Incentive Program
  • Up to 100% reimbursement for use of mass transit in lieu of driving/parking
  • Onsite fitness class opportunities
  • Firm Fitness Day
  • Healthy Pot-Luck Challenges
  • Firm participation in charitable fitness events (such as Dress for Success Power Walk, Strides Against Breast Cancer Run, Heart Walk, Color Run, and Tour de Cure cycling event)
  • Onsite massage therapy offerings
  • Bi-annual Wellness Fair with a wide array of complimentary health screenings
  • Lunch-and-Learn opportunities on nutrition, alternative medicine, and healthy lifestyle
  • Firm-provided fresh fruit days
  • Onsite nicotine-cessation classes
  • Weight Watchers reimbursement benefit
  • Reimbursable online nicotine-cessation support program
  • Discounted health insurance premiums for nicotine-free enrollees

Management

David M. Kleppinger
Chairman
717.237.5214
dkleppinger@mcneeslaw.com

Brian F. Jackson
Co-Chair, Labor and Employment
717.237.5467
bjackson@mcneeslaw.com

Donna L. Kreiser
Co-Chair, Financial Services and Public Finance
717.581.3723
dkreiser@mcneeslaw.com

Richard C. Burtnett
Chief Operating Officer
717.237.5481
rburtnett@mcneeslaw.com

Administrative

Iris J. Jones
Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer
717.237.5224
ijones@mcneeslaw.com

Mark Golicher
Director of Information Technology
717.237.5370
mgolicher@mcneeslaw.com

Daphne C. Moore
Director of Human Resources
717.237.5309
dmoore@mcneeslaw.com

Kate Pettegrew
Director of Information Services
717.237.5315
kpettegrew@mcneeslaw.com

Marcee Thomas
Director of Billing
717.237.5391
mthomas@mcneeslaw.com

David Tielle
Director of Accounting
717.237.5256
dtielle@mcneeslaw.com