Dateline Pittsburgh: 06/10/14

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC announced that attorneys James A. Baldwin and Sally E. Edison, along with paralegal T.C. Collins, joined its Pittsburgh office.

Mr. Baldwin’s practice is in mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on leveraged buyouts, private equity, project finance and venture capital deals. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Ms. Edison, formerly with McGuireWoods, practices law in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

Mr. Collins, also formerly with McGuireWoods, is a paralegal with 20 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters. 

Jeffrey Kranking joined Edgar Snyder & Associates as an attorney in its personal injury department. In addition to his role at the firm, he does pro bono work through the Allegheny County Bar Association. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University where he was executive research editor of the Duquesne University Business Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Joseph James and was actively involved in the Duquesne School of Law Urban Development Clinic. Mr. Kranking was also a staff member and blogger for Juris, the law school’s magazine.

Matis Baum O’Connor announced Stephen L. Guzzetti has joined as an associate. Mr. Guzzetti is a civil litigator and will focus his practice in health care litigation. Prior to joining Matis Baum O’Connor, Mr. Guzzetti served as an assistant public defender of Allegheny County.

Leech Tishman announced that Sally Griffith Cimini was selected to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2014 Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award. The award is given to an individual who has had a significant impact in the area of alternative dispute resolution in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Cimini is a a partner in the Pittsburgh office and chairs the firm’s alternative dispute resolution and employment practice groups. She has over 25 years of experience in counseling and litigating on behalf of private and public sector employers. She regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She is a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and also provides services as a private mediator. A member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, she is also a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a panel mediator on the UPMC Intermediation Panel.

Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, P.C. partner Harry J. Klucher was certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.

Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC elected Audrey K. Kwak and Samuel P. Trumbull to the firm’s membership.

Ms. Kwak focuses her practice in the areas of complex commercial business litigation, with significant experience handling construction and commercial contract disputes. Mr. Trumbull has broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation. His practice focuses on consumer finance, class action, and high-stakes commercial disputes.

Lisa Wampler, partner, Cohen Seglias, was elected council member to the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Women in the Law Division for a three-year term. The division promotes the success and advancement of women attorneys in Allegheny County.

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