Pittsburgh, PA, May 12, 2010 — Thomas M. Thompson, a shareholder in the Corporate Finance & Technology Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Pittsburgh office, was named a 2010 Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions.

Since 1999, Thompson has been consistently named to the Best Lawyers in America list in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law. However, for the past two years, he has also been identified as a Pittsburgh "Lawyer of the Year" for his M&A work.

As explained on Best Lawyers' website, "Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the 'Lawyer of the Year' for 2010. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" were selected because, during the past two surveys, they received particularly high ratings from most of their peers. "The selected lawyers have earned a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity."

About Thompson

Drawing on more than 35 years of legal experience, Thompson works primarily in the areas of corporate acquisitions (both domestic and foreign publicly and privately held companies), private placements and public offerings of securities (representing both issuers and underwriters), and venture capital financings.