John A. "Jack" Barbour, CEO of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, was featured in articles published in the February 11, 2010, edition the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the February 19 edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times. In both articles, Barbour discussed how the firm performed in 2009. An article also discussing Buchanan's performance in 2009 was published in the February 9 issue of The Am Law Daily.
"I think it was an extremely successful year; we managed the business very well," Barbour said in the Post-Gazette article.
He went on to explain that much of the cost cutting was driven by clients who didn't want rates to increase.
"We focused on the bottom line and did a great job ... particularly in an environment when clients were not letting rate increases pass through," Barbour explained.
As noted in the Business Times article, profits at Buchanan went up in 2009. Barbour attributed the increase to good business management.
“We focused on delivering profits to the partners instead of gross revenue,” Barbour said. “We were very careful about taking only profitable work and including alternative fee arrangements where we could have a win-win situation for us and our clients.”
Barbour went on to say the he believes Buchanan is “well-positioned” to have a good year in 2010 and said it has gotten off to a strong start.