Dateline Pittsburgh: 07/15/14

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Caitlin E. Harper and Jennifer Rose, certified elder law attorneys with Julian Gray Associates, were named Pennsylvania Rising Stars in the area of elder law by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Harper assists clients in their planning needs including negotiating with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and long-term care facilities. She provides counsel on a variety of veterans benefits issues and in the area of general estate planning. Ms. Rose assists clients in all aspects of asset preservation as it relates to long-term care expenses including pre-planning, the Medicaid application process and VA benefits planning. She concentrates her practice in special needs planning, including estate planning for parents of children with special needs and with personal injury attorneys to maximize law suit proceeds for plaintiffs with disabilities.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney said Mariah L. Passarelli, associate, was admitted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. The organization is an admission-only academy that is devoted to promoting excellence by providing the community with skilled civil trial lawyers. Ms. Passarelli focuses her practice on a variety of labor and employment law matters, from employment contracts to complex litigation. She counsels companies on litigation avoidance, anti-discrimination and anti-bullying, and reviews and drafts employee handbooks and personnel policies.

Thomas T. Frampton and Howard J. Schulberg of Goehring, Rutter & Boehm were named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Mr. Frampton focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, professional negligence, business litigation, and oil-and-gas litigation. He represents businesses, nursing homes, financial institutions, and professionals in disputes ranging from trade and employment-related disputes to complex business and personal injury claims. Mr. Schulberg has been representing municipalities, school districts and authorities in litigation for over 25 years. His litigation experience spans the entire spectrum of potential municipal liability from civil rights, to employment, to contractual matters.

Patrick T. Reilly, associate, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was selected to the Northside Common Ministries Advisory Board. He is a member of the firm’s casualty department, where he represents insured and self-insured clients in the defense of product liability, premises liability, liquor liability and automobile liability matters.An affiliate of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Northside Common Ministries is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of the region’s homeless population.

The following attorneys from Tucker Arensberg, P.C. were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, published by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers: Matthew M. Hoffman, schools and education; Gary P. Hunt, general litigation; Jeffrey J. Leech, general litigation; Beverly Weiss Manne, bankruptcy: business; Ralph F. Manning, business/​corporate; Robert L. McTiernan, employment and labor; Brett A. Solomon, bankruptcy: business and; Richard B. Tucker, III, appellate. Rising Stars: Jordan S. Blask, creditor debtor rights; Christopher L. Borsani, bankruptcy: business; Steven R. Bovan, real estate; Nora Gieg Chatha, estate and probate; Danielle L. Dietrich, business litigation; Neil J. Gregorio, employment and labor; Michael C. Mazack, creditor debtor rights; Gavin A. Robb, state/​local/​municipal; Kenneth G. Scholtz, workers’ compensation; Jillian Nolan Snider, bankruptcy: business; and Christopher L. Voltz, state/​local/​municipal.

Danielle L. Dietrich of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. was recently elected vice chair of the Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Dietrich has a diverse practice, concentrating on business and commercial litigation representing clients in matters throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. She also focuses a portion of her practice on assisting women-owned businesses and small businesses with their legal needs. Ms. Dietrich earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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