Harrisburg attorney Jack M. Stover — co-chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Litigation Section and a member of the firm's Board of Directors — was recently named to Central Penn Business Journal's "2009 Lawyers of the Year in Central Pennsylvania." As noted in the May 8, 2009, edition of the paper, Stover was selected by his peers to receive the title of "Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year."

"When lawsuits threaten or the government starts digging into your business, your first call should be to Jack M. Stover," the article stated.

Stover described his role as "defending companies and other organizations against threats to their fundamental goals." He went on to say that he sees those threats growing under the stress of the economic downturn.

"The whole world has really changed for businesses, for governmental units, for nonprofit entities, in ways which were unimaginable just a year ago," Stover said.

The article continued saying, "What haven't changed are the qualities of a good litigator. For Stover, a 1973 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, those qualities include the ability to gauge a situation objectively, even under stress, and to balance aggressive advocacy with the rules of legal conduct."

Stover's work with Central Pennsylvania clients, such as the Hershey Trust Company, the Milton Hershey School and health insurer Highmark, was noted.

Clients prefer to avoid the spotlight. But, Stover said, "Litigation is a fact of life and one which many, many businesses and government entities and nonprofit institution have to deal with today."

In addition to his work at the firm, the article noted Stover's charitable contributions, including the work he does as chairman of the board of directors for the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

"I believe its importance and significance to the community can't be overstated," Stover said. "In an economic environment like this one, maintaining and insuring its future is of paramount importance."