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Pittsburgh, PA, February 9, 2012 — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC today announced the addition of shareholders Sean M. Girdwood and Brian D. Trudgen to its Financial Services and Real Estate Finance Practice in Pittsburgh.

"Buchanan's integration of a full complement of legal services for financial institutions provides a robust platform for our client base," said Girdwood.

Trudgen added, "Buchanan has one of the nation's top Financial Services and Real Estate Finance practices, and it continues to be a strong focus here as well as in other markets."

Within the past several months, the firm has added associate Megan Thompson in Pittsburgh and shareholders Dennis Moyer and William Basil to its Financial Services and Real Estate Practice in Washington, D.C. Both Girdwood and Trudgen previously practiced in Thorp Reed & Armstrong's Commercial, Real Estate & Public Finance practice group, where Girdwood served as practice group chair.

"The firm is committed to strengthening its foothold in providing legal services to clients in the financial services and real estate industries," stated CEO and Managing Shareholder Jack Barbour. More than 96 of the firm's 450 lawyers and professionals comprise its Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Real Estate practices, and the firm continues to attract lawyers seasoned in these areas, particularly in its Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey and South Florida office locations.

About Girdwood

Sean M. Girdwood has handled a wide range of financial transactions, including secured and unsecured loan transactions, asset-based financing, acquisition financing (including transactions involving equity sponsors), leveraged financing and other types of credit facilities across a variety of industries. He has served as counsel to the lender/agent and as counsel to the borrower.

As lender's counsel, he has represented local, domestic and international financial institutions in single- and multiple-lender and multi-currency credit facilities. As counsel to the borrower, Girdwood has represented local and national manufacturing companies in a variety of debt financings.

Girdwood received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was research editor of Duquesne Law Review. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from West Virginia University.

About Trudgen

Brian D. Trudgen focuses his practice on commercial and corporate finance, acquisition finance, commercial leasing and commercial real estate finance. He has substantial experience with complex syndicated transactions, club syndications and single-lender transactions, including unsecured, asset based, cash flow, acquisition and equipment financing transactions.

Trudgen has represented major domestic, regional and international banks and financial institutions, private equity and investment banking firms, insurance companies, leasing companies, government-sponsored enterprises, middle-market entities and both publicly and privately held entity borrowers. He has counseled clients on transactions involving, among other things, the financing of aircraft, federally registered vessels, railcars, federal government receivables, real estate development, equipment and financial instruments, as well as credit facilities guarantied by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Trudgen received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

About the Firm

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing throughout the United States, with multiple offices in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as offices in Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. ###