TEAM
Jonathan P. Bigley, Esq. 

PARTNER

BIO
Jonathan spent ten years in senior positions in both the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. As Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs, he was responsible for the development of Governor Robert P. Casey’s legislative agenda as well as the legislative initiatives of the various Executive Agencies. In addition, he served as Governor Casey’s chief spokesman before the leadership and members of the General Assembly. Prior to joining the Governor’s Executive Staff, Jonathan served as a legislative aide to two House Majority Leaders. During his decade of government service, Jonathan guided through the General Assembly major legislative initiatives on the environment, economic development, healthcare, insurance, labor relations and agriculture.

 

In the private sector, Jonathan has been responsible for many legislative victories on behalf of clients. He uses his insider’s knowledge to develop multifaceted strategies that appeal to a wide range of legislative and administrative constituencies. A recent significant accomplishment is concept development and strategy implementation of the legislative initiatives that became The Healthcare Provider Retention Account and Healthcare Provider Retention Program. From grassroots planning to Capitol Hill lobbying to PAC implementation, Jonathan has the experience to win most any issue. Jonathan has also held locally elected and appointed positions in his community. He served as a member of the Susquenita School District Board of Directors and is a past president of the board.  In addition, he was an original member and first chairman of the Penn Township (Perry County) Zoning Hearing Board. 


EDUCATION

Jonathan has a B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and earned a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg, PA).

BAR LOCATION

Jonathan Bigley is admitted to practice before the PA Supreme Court.

CREDENTIALS

Jonathan is a past member of the James S. Bowman American Inn of Court.  He is a frequent lecturer on Pennsylvania government for a variety of organization including presentations for state-mandated Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Legal Education programs.  Jonathan has also authored several articles on lobbying in Pennsylvania among other issues.

Thomas J. Blikle

PARTNER

BIO

Tom has over thirty years of extensive legislative and political experience in senior positions in both the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the House Republican Campaign Committee. In his fifteen years in working for the House of Representatives, Tom served as the first ever Republican Policy Committee Executive Director. In that position, Tom helped to develop the Republican Caucus’s legislative agenda. He also served as the first Executive Director of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. Tom was an instrumental player in legislation which provided for the construction of many of the event centers and sporting arenas throughout the Commonwealth.

 

Tom also was the Executive Director of the Game and Fisheries Committee as well as serving as an analyst for the House Appropriations Committee. Tom also directed or staffed several dozen political races and held several positions within the House Republican Campaign Committee.


EDUCATION

Tom holds has a B.A. in Management from Moravian College.

CREDENTIALS

Tom has been a registered lobbyist since 2001 and specializes in gaming and appropriations issues. He has assisted B & B clients in obtaining well over $40 million in funding for their projects.

Nick Wachinski, Esq.

BIO

Nick has been involved in private sector government relations on a national scope for the past ten years.  His experience began as a contract lobbyist in Pennsylvania working on insurance related issues.  In 2014, he began serving as Executive Director for a national trade association specifically tailored to niche insurers, and then as an in-house executive for one of the association’s members.  Through his career, Nick has been engaged in thirty six (36) state legislatures as well as the United States Congress.  Most notably in Pennsylvania, Nick worked with other stakeholders in a broad-based coalition to unanimously pass Act 16 of 2015, legislation that changed the manner in which suretyships are treated by the Courts.

 

In addition to working on legislative matters, Nick has been involved in regulatory issues with various agencies in other states.  He also has closely worked with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to further the interests of his clients in regulatory issues.  He continues to maintain an active relationship with the Pennsylvania judiciary through his role as an instructor at the Minor Judiciary Education Board, a position he has held with distinction for the past eight (8) years. 

Whether working in the legislature, addressing a regulatory issue or providing guidance on administrative rule making issues with the judiciary, Nick provides quality service to his clients through his knowledge of the law and his ability to apply the necessary legal changes to conversations with policy makers.

 

EDUCATION

Nick has a B.S. in Business Administration (Economics and International Business) from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock, PA) and was awarded his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law (Wilmington, D.E.).

 

BAR LOCATION

Nick is currently admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

 

CREDENTIALS

Nick is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and was a member of the Delaware County Bar Association.  He has served as a member of the Joint State Government Commission tasked with oversight of the First Judicial District (Philadelphia) and continues to serve as an instructor for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Minor Judiciary Education Board.