Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney bringing in new senior counsel

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Former PNC Bank deputy general counsel Hank Pool has joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the firm announced today. Mr. Pool will be the firm's senior counsel in its financial services practice.

"Having worked closely with Hank for many years, we couldn’t be more pleased to have him on board,” Jack Barbour, Buchanan’s CEO and managing shareholder, said in a prepared statement. "His experience and industry focus are perfectly suited to our strengths in the banking and financial services industry."

Mr. Pool, who began at PNC as a senior lawyer in 1999, became deputy general counsel for the corporate and institutional bank in 2001 and served in that role until his recent decision to go back to private practice.

He developed relationships with Buchanan’s financial services chairman, Cal Harvey, and others at Buchanan during his tenure at PNC.

"I've known Cal and the firm for years, so this was a very easy choice," Mr. Pool said today.

He said he also chose Buchanan because of its strong commercial lending practice.

"I've been a commerical lending lawyer my entire career, so this was really a perfect fit," Mr. Pool said.

He added he sees his role as twofold: further enhancing Buchanan's relationship with PNC, and, where appropriate, talking to other financial institutions and building new relationships.

Mr. Pool said he also expected to assist with the transition for lawyers joining Buchanan Ingersoll from Tampa-based firm Fowler White Boggs. The two firms merged last month.

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