Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney reassigned four key leadership positions that took effect April 30, including a new office manager in his hometown of Pittsburgh and three practice group leaders tasked with overseeing teams that have seen a glut new issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest management shifts at the company are standard rotations for positions regulated by term limits, said Joe Dougherty, CEO and CEO of Buchanan. Dougherty said in a statement that the four additions to the company’s executive ranks come as it executes strategies to expand its services.
Labor and employment attorney Jaime Tuite now heads the firm’s Pittsburgh office as shareholder Peter Russ resigns after seven years in the role. Russ’s tenure was extended for one year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which follows the firm’s move to a new office in late 2019, Russ noted.
âMy vision for the Pittsburgh office is basically to continue to develop the office,â said Tuite, noting the additions of four partners in the first quarter of 2021, adding to a roster of 132 lawyers and about 12 legal professionals. government relations.
Tuite said emerging regulations and guidelines for employers in the wake of the pandemic have created work. âA lot of us have seen our practices really increase in terms of activity, and that’s certainly true for work and employment,â she said.
Russ, a commercial litigator who chairs the Financial Services Litigation Group, said moving away from administrative duties would allow him to handle more client cases. He called his successor a “dynamo” and a “real person”.
Tuite’s appointment, effective April 30, comes at the same time as the appointments of several new practice leaders: shareholders Tim Palmer, Christian Antkowiak and Adele Stone, who now respectively oversee the labor practice groups, bankruptcy and of real estate.
“Each of these lawyers have played a central role within their own sections throughout their years at Buchanan and have acted consistently on behalf of our clients across the firm,” Dougherty said in a statement. âThey bring with them expertise in their specific practice areas that are crucial to our clients as we work in markets and sections and have truly demonstrated remarkable leadership over the years, especially throughout. the pandemic. â
Stone, who has practiced business and real estate law with the firm since 2014, serves as Chair of the Buchanan Real Estate Practice Group in addition to her role as Chief of the Firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. She succeeds B. Lafe Metz, shareholder in the Pittsburgh office.
Antkowiak, who joined the firm’s Pittsburgh office as a partner in 2008, assumes the role of Co-Chair of Buchanan’s Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Section in Pittsburgh with the Co-Chair Joe Centeno. Antkowiak replaces David Laurent, who, according to the officials of the firm, occupies a position of lawyer.
And Palmer, who has worked at Buchanan for two decades, will lead the bankruptcy practice group. His appointment comes nearly a year after the departure of former cabinet chairman Scott Underwood.
Underwood, who joined the firm as part of its merger with Fowler White Boggs in 2014, moved in June 2020 to establish a separate bankruptcy firm in Tampa, Florida. He cited conflicts of interest at Buchanan that prevented him from handling certain types of bankruptcy cases for clients.
âHe had a different type of creditor rights practice that often included potential work on the debtor’s side and potential work with creditors committees,â Palmer said. In Buchanan, Palmer said, the practice of bankruptcy is on the side of lenders, so lawyers often turn down commitments that “may be unfavorable to lenders in general or may be unfavorable to existing clients.”
Over the past 11 months, company officials have said there have been several acting appointments made to fill the position, most recently shareholder Jim Newell. As the practice leader of financial institutions, Newell maintains an active role in management, according to company officials.
âIt’s always good to have young people come in and bring in fresh ideas and new thoughts on how to lead these particular groups,â said Palmer. “We believe that bankruptcy and creditors’ rights will grow over the next few years as we begin to feel the effects of the COVID era.”
Now that Tuite runs the Pittsburgh site, Buchanan’s office managers are equally female and male, the company said. Tuite noted a culture of mentorship within the company in which she felt supported by female leaders when she was a young partner.
âIt’s exciting that there has been a concerted effort since I joined the firm to have a lot of support from the men and women in leadership,â she said. âIt’s about making sure the person promoted is qualified, so it’s not just about focusing on someone’s gender or race, but who they are. But I think it’s important [for] leaders that people are different because it looks like our company. “