Careers

OVERVIEW ABA Well-Being Pledge

At McNees, we foster a firm culture that attracts and retains the best people.  We work with enthusiasm and unity of purpose.  It is important to us to hire individuals with excellent academic and employment credentials.  We offer a competitive salary, a broad range of benefits, and a team approach to practicing law.

The firm offers attorneys a unique opportunity to practice in challenging, sophisticated areas of the law ordinarily associated only with large metropolitan law offices. At the same time, we enjoy a lifestyle that balances the diversity of an urban area with the quality of life provided by affordable suburban and rural residential living.

McNees has been named to the list of Best Places to Work in PA since 2006.

In a 2019 U.S. News and World Report, the Harrisburg metropolitan area was Pennsylvania’s top place to live, coming in ranked 44th out of 125 nationally.

The report shows Harrisburg is affordable and has a lot to offer, and for what it doesn’t have, there is quick and easy access to places that do have it. The ranking takes into account measures of desirability, value, the job market, quality of life and net migration when developing the rankings.

RECRUITING & HIRING

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Overview
McNees actively seeks attorney candidates through its Summer Associate Program and as needed, the recruitment of third year law students. The firm also places a strong emphasis on recruiting highly qualified lateral candidates with defined areas of substantive experience.

At McNees, we believe it to be important that our attorneys are committed to community involvement, civic leadership and have strong interpersonal skills.

Equal Opportunity Policy
McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, sex, disability, marital status, age, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, possession of a General Education Development Certificate as compared to a high school diploma, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the applicable federal or state laws or municipal ordinance. This commitment applies to, but is not limited to, decisions made with respect to hiring, placement, compensation, benefits, promotions, demotions, transfers, terminations, layoffs, return from layoffs, administration of benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Likewise, employees are responsible for respecting the rights of their co-workers, as we must all work together to insure continued success.

McNees Hiring Committee
Members of the Hiring Committee serve at the discretion of the Management Committee. Current members of the Hiring Committee include: Susan E. Bruce, Chair; Eric Athey, Adeolu BakareClayton W. DavidsonShaun R. Eisenhauer, Meaghan Hill, Sarah Hyser-Staub,  Kelley E. KaufmanJefferey Esch McCombie, and Andrew Rusniak.

Supporting diversity through our Professional Development and Eduction Committee (PDEC)

Our Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) 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 PDEC 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 PDEC, 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 Hiring Committee 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 McNees.  Periodic training and other materials are provided to the mentors and mentees.

On a quarterly basis, the PDEC 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.

The Hiring Committee 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.

ASSOCIATES Q&A

Q: How many hours are associates expected to bill?
A: Each associate is expected to bill 1800 hours per year.

Q: What is McNees’ membership track?
A: Entry level associates are placed on a seven to nine year membership track, allowing a three-year “window” for membership consideration. Each associate is brought on board with the goal of future membership.

Q: Does McNees offer any bonus opportunities?
A: Associates are eligible for a year-end bonus provided billable hour requirements are met and the firm exceeds annual budgeted revenue by an amount sufficient to fully fund the bonus program.

Q: Does McNees allow attorneys to work modified hours?
A: Yes. We recognize that, at various times in one’s working career, alternative work arrangements are necessary for an attorney to balance family responsibilities, such as care for a parent, spouse or child, or to address his or her own medical needs, while maintaining a productive and rewarding practice. McNees has an “Alternative Work Policy” to address these situations.

 

BENEFITS

Beginning on the first day of the following month of employment, the firm provides various benefits for its employees, which currently include:

Health Insurance – we offer two levels of PPO medical insurance and a Health Savings Account option. Coverage is available for dependents on a payroll-deduction basis. If a full-time employee does not require medical and dental insurance, he/she will receive an opt-out benefit.

Dental Insurance – individual dental coverage is borne entirely by the Firm for full-time employees. Dental coverage is also available for dependents on a payroll-deduction basis.

Vision Insurance – individual and family vision coverage is a voluntary benefit and is available on a payroll-deduction basis.

Life Insurance – we provide coverage based on one times an employee’s annual salary, with the ability to purchase supplemental life insurance through payroll deduction, within policy limit.

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability – benefit is 60% within policy limit.

Flexible Spending Accounts (Cafeteria Plan) – employees can reduce their taxable income for expenses relating to non-reimbursed medical/dental/vision expenses or day care.

McNees 401(k) Savings Plan – employees may elect to defer a portion of their compensation on a quarterly basis.

Employee Assistance Plan – employees and their qualified family members are entitled to three free visits through Mazzitti & Sullivan, an organization which provides confidential behavior healthcare management.

Bar Association Dues and Professional Memberships

STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Personnel as of August 1, 2019:


Attorneys 
- 128
Members – 63
Of Counsel – 32
Associates – 33


Paralegals and Specialists – 25


Support Staff – 110


Total Personnel  – 263




Membership Track: 7 – 9 years

SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

The ten-week Summer Associate Program is McNees’ primary source for hiring new associates. Summer Associates are selected from 2L law school students interviewed by representatives of the firm’s Hiring Committee. The firm typically hires four or five Summer Associates, depending upon projected hiring needs for first year associates the following year.

The Summer Associate Program is administered on a day-to-day basis by the Summer Associate Committee. The primary goals of the program are to provide each Summer Associate with an opportunity to understand the private practice of law in a multitude of practice areas, as well as experience the unique culture of McNees. The program also provides the firm with ample opportunity to fully evaluate each Summer Associate’s work performance, work ethic and interactions with attorneys and clients alike.

To accomplish this, the Summer Associate Committee focuses its efforts in the following areas:


Inquiries Concerning Hiring:

Kathi J. Lipinsky, Recruiting Coordinator
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
100 Pine Street 
PO Box 1166
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1166
klipinsky@mcneeslaw.com



Assignments.  The Committee attempts to provide a workload for each Summer Associate that is reasonable in magnitude, yet also provides a variety of assignments in different areas of the law. The Committee makes every effort to ensure that Summer Associates work with as many different attorneys as possible and in as many practice areas as possible.  This allows the Summer Associates to evaluate the particular areas of law.  Research assignments from the various attorneys are typically distributed each week at a regular meeting of the Committee and Summer Associates.  For the duration of the 10-week program, each Summer Associate is expected to work 210 hours on assigned projects.  This provides a sufficient basis to evaluate each Summer Associate’s work product, while also providing opportunities to take advantage of additional learning experiences.


BD&M Project.  Under the direction of our Business Development & Marketing Department, the Summer Associates will participate in a McNees Strategic Collaboration and Business Development Program. This hands-on program includes interactive exercises, team training, power communications tips, business development and cross-servicing strategies. Summer Associates will learn how to successfully target clients/enhance relationships, and how to research and analyze competitive and business intelligence. At the conclusion of the program, the Summer Associates will present a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation to the attorneys at McNees, which impacts the Firm directly, and in the process, enlightens McNees attorneys with new strategies.  This highly transparent and award-winning program enhances the Firm’s overall business development strategies, strengthens the law students’ presentation skills and allows them to showcase their research and business development capabilities. See LMA article Empowering Summer Associates Through Hands-On Training, an interview with Iris Jones, McNees Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer.


Professional Development Opportunities.  The Summer Associates will be provided with “field trip” opportunities to observe various facets of the private practice of law. Typically, Summer Associates are welcome to attend depositions, oral arguments, administrative hearings, labor arbitrations, closings, board meetings, client conferences and a variety of other events. McNees firmly believes that providing this opportunity to Summer Associates will present them with an invaluable learning experience, and it will help shape their particular interest in the areas of law in which they may want to practice.


Social Activities.  The Summer Associate Program includes social activities and events that make the Summer Associate experience even more enjoyable. These events provide the Summer Associates the unique opportunity to interact with members and associates alike, in informal settings. The Firm also strives to incorporate opportunities for Summer Associates to take part in charitable and civic projects, a key aspect of life at McNees Wallace & Nurick.


Culture.  The Summer Associate Program is to fully inform the Summer Associates about both the internal structure and the proud history of McNees. The Firm’s Chairman will speak with the Summer Associates during orientation and the Vice Chair will meet with each Summer Associate for an exit interview.  Through the Program, the Summer Associates will also have the opportunity to attend Practice Group meetings and meet with individual Practice Group Leaders for “office hours.”  Additionally, the Hiring Committee Chair will have lunch with each Summer Associate.

The criteria for determining whether an offer of full-time employment after law school is made to a Summer Associate includes a variety of factors observed during the course of a Summer Associate’s tenure with the Firm, as well as the hiring needs of the Firm’s individual Practice Groups. A key source for evaluating a Summer Associate is their work product. Evaluations are completed by each attorney for whom a Summer Associate performs a project. Attorneys are asked to evaluate the Summer Associate’s performance on the basis of the quality of the work performed, the timeliness of the finished product, the difficulty of the work assignment and the analytical/problem solving skills demonstrated.  Summer Associates will receive a preliminary mid-summer performance evaluation and an end of the summer exit interview, where performance evaluations are discussed. Other factors include our evaluation of the Summer Associate’s professionalism, judgment, maturity and interpersonal skills. At the conclusion of the summer program, the Hiring Committee and the Management Committee work closely together to determine which Practice Groups anticipate the need for a new associate, so that preliminary placement decisions can be made and offers of employment can be extended no later than September 1.

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Summer Program Q&A

The Discovery of a Unique Law Firm

Q: What is the practice of law like at McNees Wallace & Nurick?

A: We believe McNees has achieved a true balance of challenging legal work and quality of life.  With attorneys working in over 40 different practice areas, the Firm has attracted and retained high-quality clients for more than 80 years. The broad client base that McNees enjoys has allowed the firm to develop highly specialized legal experience and engage in sophisticated and rewarding legal work.

Q: What is meant by the phrase “quality of life?”
A: Many firms liberally use the phrase “quality of life” with regard to their firm, but in reality very few attorneys in today’s legal community really know what it means. At McNees, we believe “quality of life” means that our attorneys work hard on demanding legal projects while remaining committed to their personal lives. At McNees, the work is important, but family and friends remain a central focus for most McNees attorneys.

Q: What are the attorneys like at McNees Wallace & Nurick?
A: In any field, the quality of the finished product largely depends upon the skill and commitment of the people who perform the work. On a purely academic level, McNees attorneys have been educated at some of this nation’s finest law schools. There is a high level of interaction between not only attorneys within the same practice group, but throughout all disciplines of the Firm. The atmosphere during the day at the office is exceptionally collegial, and many of the attorneys spend time with other attorneys and their families outside of the office. McNees attorneys truly care about one another – and that statement is not made lightly. Although many firms tout the “quality” of their people, we believe very few can compare with McNees.

SUMMER ASSOCIATES

Q: At what rate are summer associates compensated?
A: Summer associates are paid at the same rate as an entry-level associate.

Q: How long does the summer program run?
A: The summer program is a fixed 10-week program, which historically begins the week before Memorial Day.

Q: How many hours are summer associates expected to work?
A: Each summer associate is expected to work about 210 hours on summer associate projects during the 10-week program.

Q: How many summer associates do you hire for the summer program?
A: Typically four or five 2Ls. Our CAMP 1L also joins our summer program. We are conservative in hiring summer associates because our intent is to be able to make offers for full-time employment to all of our summer associates if their performances warrant it.

Q: Ultimately, why should I interview with McNees Wallace & Nurick?
A: There are hundreds of high caliber law firms in this country, and, like McNees, most of them actively seek to hire graduates from the top law schools. Some rely on firm reputation, without making an effort to explain what is being done to maintain that reputation. Some simply pay new associates a large salary, assuming that money can overcome a lack of lifestyle and/or a poor work environment. Others rely on the fact that they are located in a big city, without explaining how or why that affects the firm itself.

A law student or graduate should be wary of a firm that is one-sided and does not present a balanced mix of quality legal work, people, and lifestyle. We believe we have succeeded in achieving such a balance, which makes us unique in today’s legal community. Our continued commitment to maintaining that balance is why some of the nation’s best and brightest law school graduates have chosen to practice law at McNees. We invite you to join us.

Q: How should I apply if I am at a school where McNees does not interview on campus?
A: Send a cover letter, resume and transcripts (undergraduate and law school) to:

Kathi J. Lipinsky, Recruiting Coordinator
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
100 Pine Street
PO Box 1166
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1166
klipinsky@mcneeslaw.com