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, Devon, Pittsburgh and Frederick 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.  Along with Governor Josh Shapiro, he is  Co-Chair of Team Pennsylvania, a public-private partnership that initiates and supports innovative programs to improve Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and economic prosperity.  Brian also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Capital Region and will Chair the United Way Campaign in 2023.  Brian is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Trinity High School and continues to serve as a Director.

Brian has a passion for youth basketball and has coached for the St. Joseph Chargers in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Mid Penn Motion (AAU). Brian resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife, Amy, his youngest daughter 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

Central Penn Business Journal‘s 2022 Power 100 List

PA Business Central’s Top 100 People for 2020


Dauphin County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chair, Board of Directors

United Way of the Capital Region, Board of Directors

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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October 5, 2023 - McNees Relocates Columbus Office to Arena District

August 17, 2023 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 42 McNees Attorneys, Three Named “Lawyer of the Year”

September 26, 2022 - McNees Relocates to Riverside Five Complex

August 18, 2022 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 34 McNees Attorneys, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

June 16, 2022 - Brian Jackson, McNees Chair, Elected as Team Pennsylvania Foundation’s Co-Chair

June 10, 2022 - McNees Chair, Attorney Named to 2022 CPBJ Power 30 Law and Lobbyist List

August 23, 2021 - McNees Chair and Attorney Appear on Central Penn Business Journal’s 2021 Power 30 List in Law & Lobbyists

August 19, 2021 - 39 McNees Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Six Named “Lawyer of the Year”

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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