John Baker is the Member in Charge of the State College office of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.  John is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment and Healthcare Groups.  His practice also regularly involves representing clients in matters before administrative agencies and in state and federal court.

John regularly advises public and private employers on labor and employment matters, including compliance with state and federal employment laws, contract compliance and labor relations.  He also counsels employers on the hiring and discharge of key employees, wage and hour issues, employment policies, labor negotiations, and collective bargaining.  In addition to providing counsel on employment matters, he also advises healthcare and other non-profit entities on compliance with state and federal law and corporate governance.

John is a frequent speaker for various human resource and employer groups throughout the state.

John is a native of Centre County and resides in State College.


Shippensburg University, B.S.,  summa cum laude, 1996

Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1999


Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2005, 2006, 2011-2014

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, 2005, 2006

Foremost Under 40, PA Business Central, 2010


Pennsylvania Bar Association

Centre County Bar Association

Wilkinson-Campbell American Inns of Court

Palmer Museum of Art, Board of Directors/Advisory Board

Centre Volunteers in Medicine

Central PA 4th Fest

The Centre County United Way


U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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