On the Docket: 11/26/2012

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Goehring, Rutter & Boehm announced the addition of Leigha Coon as an attorney in its litigation group, focusing primarily in general litigation matters. Ms. Coon graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with a certificate of advanced study in civil litigation. During her time in law school, she served as the vice president of the Pitt Law Women's Association.

Attorneys Amie Mihalko and Alexander Saksen have joined Gordon & Rees LLP. Ms. Mihalko is an associate and concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability. She earned her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. Senior counsel Mr. Saksen's practice focuses on commercial, employment and corporate litigation. Mr. Saksen received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Grogan Graffam PC said John A. Bass was appointed to the Neighborhood Legal Services Association Board of Directors. Mr. Bass is a shareholder in the firm's professional liability practice group and concentrates his practice in medical malpractice and nursing home defense. He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, as well as the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Defense Research Institute. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

Jones Day announced that eight new associates have joined its Pittsburgh office: Zachary R. Brecheisen, Michael Anderson Magee and Dominic I. Rupprecht, from Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law; Hayley Haldeman and Jeffrey J. Immel, University of Virginia School of Law; Jennifer Hayes, Duke University School of Law; and Necia B. Hobbes and Zachary J. Mueller, Pitt School of Law.

Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane PC has been selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms. The firm is also ranked in the 2013 edition of U.S. News' Best Lawyers Best Law Firms as a tier-one firm in the workers' compensation law (employers) category.

The following attorneys with Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC were named to the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: John Bechtol, workers' compensation law-employers and litigation-labor and employment; Barry Friedman, intellectual property litigation, patent, trademark and copyright law; David Horvitz, corporate law; LeRoy Metz, tax law; and Brian Must, commercial litigation.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC was recognized on the U.S. News' Best Lawyers 2012-13 Best Law Firms list.

In Pittsburgh, the firm earned numerous first-tier rankings: antitrust law, intellectual property litigation, banking and finance law litigation (labor and employment), bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights litigation (mergers and acquisitions), insolvency and reorganization law, patent litigation, commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, copyright law, mergers and acquisitions law, corporate law, patent law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, public finance law, employment law (management), real estate law, health care law, securities and capital markets law, labor law (management), securities regulation, banking and finance litigation, trademark law, construction litigation, venture capital law, eminent domain litigation, and workers compensation law (employers condemnation).

Mike Ginsberg, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day, was elected chair of the board of trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. Mr. Ginsberg is a trial lawyer who concentrates on the representation of policyholders in disputes with insurance companies regarding coverage for product and environmental liabilities, toxic torts and bad faith.

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is a national organization of lawyers, professors and judges dedicated to the training and development of skilled and ethical legal advocates to improve the justice system.

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