On the Docket Pittsburgh: 8/12/13

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Grogan Graffam, P.C. said that George M. Evan has been certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Compensation Law Section. Mr. Evan, a shareholder in the firm's litigation practice group, concentrates his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on workers' compensation, municipal law, insurance law, general negligence law, premises liability and construction litigation. Mr. Evan received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Cindy S. Alvear joined Julian Gray Associates as an associate attorney. Ms. Alvear assists clients with basic estate planning, asset preservation, Medicaid qualification, Medicare, veterans benefits and special needs planning for people with disabilities. She received her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.


Houston Harbaugh announced that Kristine A. Long, an associate, was selected to be a part of the 2013-2014 Class for the Allegheny County Bar Association's Bar Leadership Initiative. Ms. Long practices in the area of corporate law with a concentration in business owner exit planning. Prior to joining Houston Harbaugh, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti and in the office of general counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program. She received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Bradley J. Franc, director, Houston Harbaugh, was elected to the UPMC Passavant board of trustees. Mr. Franc concentrates his legal practice in the areas of business planning, commercial transactions, federal and state tax issues, and estate and succession planning. Prior to joining Houston Harbaugh, he served as a certified public accountant for the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.


Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. said the following attorneys were selected as 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: Frederick W. Bode III, Charles G. Brown, Howard A. Chajson, William D. Clifford, John C. Conti, Richard J. Federowicz, George P. Kachulis, Christopher T. Lee, Joseph L. Luvara, Robert J. Marino, Thomas H. May, Brant T. Miller, James R. Miller, Wilbur McCoy Otto, W. Alan Torrance, Jr., John Edward Wall, Nancy R. Winschel and Steven W. Zoffer.

Mr. Bode, who serves on the firm's executive committee, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability, health care litigation, and technology matters. Mr. Brown, shareholder, serves as chair of its workers' compensation group and chair of the Medicare compliance group. Mr. Chajson, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Clifford, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial law and litigation, construction industry law, and surety law.

Mr. Conti, president and CEO, specializes in the representation of hospitals and other health care providers, primarily in connection with the defense of professional negligence suits and related litigation. Mr. Federowicz, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the areas of health care law, commercial litigation, and estate planning and administration. Mr. Kachulis, shareholder, serves as an elected member of the firm's executive committee. Mr. Lee, shareholder, concentrates in the areas of food and beverage liability, commercial law and litigation and toxic tort law.

Mr. Luvara, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Marino, shareholder and director, concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance, bad-faith coverage litigation, professional malpractice, premises liability, legal malpractice, and product liability law. Mr. May, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and labor law and civil rights. Brant T. Miller, shareholder, concentrates his practice in real estate matters. James R. Miller, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the areas of toxic tort law, medical malpractice, and product liability law.

Mr. Otto, shareholder, chairs the firm's practice in medical professional and general liability litigation and health law. Mr. Torrance, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the areas of business torts and commercial litigation with emphasis in construction and surety law. Mr. Wall, shareholder, concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation. Ms. Winschel, shareholder, concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation. Mr. Zoffer, shareholder, focuses on business litigation.


Marvin S. Lieber has joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC as a member in its business counseling, estates and trusts and tax groups. Mr. Lieber focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, banking, corporate law and health care matters. He earned his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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