Brian joined McNees Wallace & Nurick in 1994 as an associate in Labor and Employment Practice Group.  During his tenure, Brian has served as a Practice Group Leader (2002-2017) and Vice Chair of the Management Committee (2005-2018).  On November 1, 2018, Brian was elected Chair of the Firm.  Following in the very large footsteps of Sterling McNees, Gilbert Nurick, John Oyler, and David Kleppinger among others, Brian became the ninth person to serve as Managing Partner/Chair since the Firm’s inception in 1935.

During Brian’s tenure as Chair, McNees has pursued a path of geographic and service expansion, as the Firm has opened new offices in York and Devon and launched multiple complementary professional businesses.  Each expansion has enhanced our ability to serve our clients and meet their expectations as trusted advisors.

While his primary focus is on serving the Firm, Brian continues to represent employer clients, predominantly as lead negotiator in collective bargaining and as counsel in labor arbitration matters.

Consistent with McNees’ tradition of servant leadership, Brian also serves our communities.  He is a Director with Team Pennsylvania, a public-private partnership that initiates and supports innovative programs to improve Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and economic prosperity.  Brian also serves on several committees of the United Way of the Capital Region and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Trinity High School

Brian has a passion for youth basketball and is entering his twelfth season as a coach for the St. Joseph Chargers in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and his fourth season as a coach for Mid Penn Motion (AAU). Brian resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife, Amy, his three wonderful daughters and their two crazy dogs.


University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1989, cum laude

Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1992, cum laude; Woolsack Honor Society, John Marshall Moot Court Competition; Appellate Moot Court Board


Central Penn Business Journal, “Forty Under 40”

The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor and Employment Law Management, 2006-present

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2008-present

PA Business Central’s Top 100 People for 2020


Dauphin County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Team Pennsylvania, Board Member

Trinity High School, Chair of Board of Directors

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, Past President

Notre Dame Alumni Club of Harrisburg, Past President

St. Joseph Church Pastoral Council, Past President

United Way of Central Pennsylvania, past member Board of Directors and Nominations Committee Chair

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March 19, 2021 - McNees Chair Recognized by Central Penn Business Journal

January 12, 2021 - McNees Chair Recognized by Pennsylvania Business Central

August 24, 2020 - 34 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

July 15, 2020 - McNees Commitment to Diversity

June 4, 2020 - McNees Receives The Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Award for Most Innovative Law Firms

February 5, 2020 - McNees Chair Among PA Business Central’s Top 100 People for 2020

October 2, 2019 - McNees Joins ABA Campaign Aimed at Improving the Mental Health and Well-Being of Lawyers

September 9, 2019 - McNees Celebrates Office Opening in York, Pa with Governor Tom Wolf

August 15, 2019 - 33 McNees Attorneys Among 2020 Best Lawyers in America, 7 Named Lawyer of the Year

May 16, 2019 - McNees Among Best-Branded Law Firms in 2019 BTI Brand Elite Survey

October 11, 2018 - McNees Elects New Firm Leadership

August 15, 2018 - 35 McNees Attorneys Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America

May 31, 2018 - 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

August 15, 2017 - 38 McNees Attorneys Selected as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016 - 37 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2017 Best Lawyers in America

June 9, 2016 - McNees Wallace & Nurick attorneys selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

December 8, 2015 - McNees Attorneys Selected as 2015 Select Lawyers

August 17, 2015 - 39 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2016 Best Lawyers in America 7 named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’

June 2, 2015 - McNees Wallace & Nurick Attorneys Selected as 2015 Local Legal Leaders

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