Jonathan P. Bigley, Esq.
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.
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).
Jonathan Bigley is admitted to practice before the PA Supreme Court.
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
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.
Tom holds has a B.A. in Management from Moravian College.
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.
Dan has over 14 years of experience working in and around the capitol with a focus on insurance, healthcare, transportation, tax, and gaming issues. Dan began his career in Harrisburg working for multiple legislators and committees over a seven-year span in the House of Representatives. He then worked at the Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department in their Offices of Legislative Affairs. Most recently Dan was part of the State Government Affairs team for a major health insurer where he cultivated relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle and worked on some of the largest healthcare reform issues the General Assembly has seen in decades.
Dan holds has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lynn University and was a 2011 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center.
Registered lobbyist since 2019. Over ten years of legislative drafting and research experience.
Nick Wachinski, Esq.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
Nicole Wilbourn has a unique understanding of the legislative and administrative processes, policies, client/stakeholder needs and interests, and has demonstrated an ability to develop consensus to get things done in state government. Nicole comes to B&B with thirteen years of experience in the public and private sectors, working in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, with state Government agencies under three Governors, and in a corporate role with one of the state’s largest health insurers. She brings a broad network of professional relationships with government officials and staff, varied interest groups and constituencies, and a complete understanding of the pressure points in the processes that benefit our clients.
Most recently, Nicole served as Senior Government Affairs Representative for Highmark, Inc., responsible for providing government relations services for the parent corporation, Highmark Health, and its many divisions, including Highmark Health Plan, Allegheny Health Network, Highmark’s Medicaid program, CHIP and the company's diversified business subsidiaries. She helped coordinate the company’s government relations efforts and policies in Pennsylvania and three other states.
Before joining Highmark, Inc., Nicole was responsible for guiding policy and drafting legislation as a Senior Research Analyst for the Insurance Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. For several years, she advised the Insurance Committee Chair and members on policy matters and met with a broad array of stakeholders both inside and outside of state government. In the House, Nicole worked with complicated issues and collaborated with representatives, senators, legislative and administration staff, and coordinated issues with grassroots organizations, statewide trade associations and advocacy groups.
Nicole holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University (2010) and attended Widener University Commonwealth Law School. She was a 2010 Legislative Fellow in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
CREDENTIALS: Registered lobbyist since 2021. More than a decade of legislative drafting, research and analytical experience.