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Former Commonwealth Court Judge and Longtime State Senate General Counsel Drew Crompton Joins McNees

January 25, 2022
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HARRISBURG, Pa. – (January 25, 2022) McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC today announced that Drew Crompton, former Commonwealth Court judge and longtime Pennsylvania State Senate general counsel, has joined as a member of the firm.

Crompton was one of the highest-ranking staff members in the Senate Republican Caucus from 2007 through 2019, serving as chief of staff and counsel to former Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. In that post and his previous position as a lead attorney for former Senate President Pro Tempore Robert “Bob” Jubelirer, Crompton played a pivotal role in the drafting and passage of some of the most consequential state laws of the past 25 years.

He worked in the state Senate from 1993 through 2019 before serving a two-year appointment to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court from January 2020 to January 2022. As a sitting judge, Crompton published more than 150 opinions on a broad range of state and local issues.

Crompton also served as Scarnati’s chief of staff and counsel when Scarnati was Lieutenant Governor from 2008 to 2011, giving Crompton the unique distinction of having worked in all three branches of state government.

“Drew brings an unmatched breadth and depth of experience in Pennsylvania state government – from his integral role in writing hundreds of laws to his work behind the scenes with governors and legislative leaders to pass key legislation, and his most recent judicial service on one of the state’s highest courts,” McNees Chair Brian Jackson said. “There are few significant Pennsylvania laws that have been passed in the last two decades that he hasn’t touched in some way. His extensive knowledge and legal acumen will provide significant value to our clients.”

Crompton was instrumental in the development and passage of laws pertaining to economic development, health care, education, transportation, public utilities, energy and environmental issues, agriculture and taxation, among many others.

He earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dickinson College.

Crompton joins the Public Finance and Government Services Practice Group at McNees.

“After almost three decades in state government, I’m excited for this next chapter in my career,” Crompton said. “At McNees, I can bring my experience to bear for the benefit of clients in both the private and public sectors. It’s a firm that is well-respected with deep roots in Harrisburg. I’m grateful to be joining such a dynamic team and strong culture.”

Crompton lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife, two daughters and two dogs.


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