John A. “Jack” Barbour is the Executive Chairman. He served for seven years as the firm's CEO, Managing Director and Chairman of its Board of Directors. Jack focuses his practice on real estate development and financing, as well as complex commercial transactions. He also advises and counsels high-net-worth family businesses.
Jack is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and has been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve on the Board of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security. Jack is a Trustee of the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as Chairperson of its Property and Facilities Committee.
In 2011, Jack was appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as chair of his Advisory Council on Privatization and Innovation.
Jack has served as outside counsel to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Daniel M. Rooney and Arthur J. Rooney II families for many years. He led a team of Buchanan attorneys in an almost total restructuring of the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Previously, Jack represented the Steelers in all legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of Heinz Field.
Jack has represented developers, lenders and equity participants in a wide range of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions across the United States over the past several decades. Jack also has served as primary outside counsel to a large private equity company for more than 35 years.
Jack has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008.
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1979
Davidson College, 1976, cum laude
Board of Directors, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Chair, 2015-2017)
Term Trustee, University of Pittsburgh and Chair – Property, and Facilities Committee (2016)
Commonwealth Trustee, University of Pittsburgh (2012-2016)
Board Member, Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security
Board of Directors, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Commissioner, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (2012-2016)
Life trustee, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Board Member (Chairman 2000-2008, 2012-2013)
Board of Directors, George Jr. Republic
Chair, Governor's Advisory Council on Privatization and Innovation (2011-2012)