Esch is Co-Chair of the McNees Real Estate Group, a growing and collaborative team of professionals who take a practical approach to resolving real estate matters. Esch’s focus is on land use matters, for which he helps his clients navigate zoning, subdivision, land development, and other approvals and permits, including permits related to stormwater and road access. In addition to working with townships of all sizes, he frequently handles matters for clients developing property in more densely populated areas, such as the City of Harrisburg and the Commonwealth’s boroughs.

What does Esch do for Clients?
Esch relies on legal expertise and municipal relationships to secure the best outcomes for his clients. He takes a practical approach with a focus on the big picture, so that his clients’ best interests are always what drives his strategy. He prefers a collaborative approach with the municipality because that usually leads to the best result for his clients. However, he is willing to create leverage and litigate when the situation calls for it.

Utilizing his legal and personal skills, Esch secures permits and approvals at the municipal, county and state level for his clients. He also conducts zoning due diligence in support of construction and M&A activity throughout the country. His clients operate in all business sectors. Broadly speaking, he represents commercial, industrial, institutional and residential developers and property owners.

What do Clients have to say about Esch?
“Esch is an extremely thoughtful attorney who can manage a wide variety of land use and real estate matters. I’ve had the privilege of teaming with him on multiple projects and he makes the process smooth and efficient. He is hard-working and I would recommend him to anyone with a land use issue that needs to be resolved effectively.” – Justin Doty, P.E., Vice President, Frederick, Seibert and Associates, Inc.

How does Esch spend his free time?
Esch is a member of the Firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He also is a co-chair of the Firm’s Legal Equity Advancement Program and a co-editor of the McNees Land Use Blog. Esch currently is on the Board of Directors for the Susquehanna Art Museum and the Board of Directors for CVSD’s Eagle Foundation, in addition to being named LLS’s Man of the Year for Central Pennsylvania in 2021. Esch resides in Hampden Township (Cumberland County) where he coaches youth sports and enjoys time with his wife, three children and their dog.


The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Economics, 2003

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2014,  magna cum laude, Woolsack Honor Society, Penn State Law Review, Senior Editor


Secured zoning, subdivision and land development approvals, and other related land use approvals and permits, including rezoning amendments, for warehouse and distribution centers; residential developments; urban redevelopment projects and mixed-use developments; affordable housing; restaurants, breweries and event venues; commercial developments; family-owned businesses; non-profits; pipelines and related oil & gas infrastructure; and solar infrastructure.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year for Central Pennsylvania, 2021

The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022

McNees Rising Star Award, 2020

40 Under 40, 2019


Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Susquehanna Art Museum, Board of Directors

Eagle Foundation, Board of Directors

Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, Board of Directors, President of the Board: 2016-2020

Bar Admissions



January 23, 2024 - McNees Elevates New Litigation, Real Estate Leaders

October 3, 2022 - McCombie Joins Cumberland Valley School District’s Eagle Foundation Board

September 9, 2022 - McNees’ Esch McCombie Joins Susquehanna Art Museum Board

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

April 19, 2022 - Learn Five Ways Townships Can Encourage Controlled & Collaborative Development

March 7, 2022 - McNees Awards Three Black-Owned Businesses Each a Year’s Worth of Legal Services

February 17, 2022 - McNees to Announce Legal Equity Advancement Program Winners at Black is Beautiful Expo in Harrisburg

October 19, 2021 - McNees Professionals Recognized by Harrisburg Regional Chamber for Initiative Focused on Supporting the Black Business Community

September 8, 2021 - McNees’ Diversity Initiative Focused on Supporting the Black Business Community to Enter its Second Year

June 9, 2021 - McNees Attorney Esch McCombie Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year

May 5, 2021 - McNees Attorney and Diversity Initiative Recognized by The Legal Intelligencer

April 20, 2021 - McNees Real Estate Attorneys Offer Insight on New Land Uses and Zoning Regulations

January 4, 2021 - McNees Attorneys David Evenhuis, Sarah Hyser-Staub, Jeffrey Esch McCombie and Kenneth R. Stark Elected to Membership

November 24, 2020 - Legal Equity Advancement Program featured on abc27's Good Day PA

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

February 5, 2020 - McNees Attorneys Recognized for Contributions to the Firm and Community

July 26, 2019 - McNees Attorney Esch McCombie Among CPBJ’s 2019 Forty Under 40 Award Recipients

June 3, 2019 - McNees Attorneys to Host Webinar on Blight in Pennsylvania

April 12, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Present at PSATS’ 2019 PAAZO Spring Educational Forum

April 17, 2018 - Four McNees Attorneys to Present Seminars on the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment

March 7, 2017 - Carlisle Theatre board adopts new, local strategy

November 29, 2016 - McNees attorney Jeffrey Esch McCombie voted President of Board of Directors of Carlisle Theatre