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PITTSBURGH– June 1, 2021 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney proudly welcomes its largest and most diverse summer associate class, with all 14 students representing one or more underrepresented group. The students will complete their programs virtually, but will be working with attorneys in the firm’s Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Tampa offices.

Additionally, the firm is launching an inaugural component within the eight-week program, pairing each associate with several firm clients, as well as other corporations, for a two-week period for additional experience and mentorship opportunities. Companies participating in the Diversity Corporate Share Program include, PNC Bank, The Hershey Company, Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers, Raymond James, Panasonic, and South Jersey Industries among others.

“Our fully diverse 2021 class falls in line with our firm’s commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion and I’m thrilled to welcome this group to our Buchanan this summer,” said Lloyd Freeman, Buchanan’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. “As we continue to collaborate with notable businesses on D&I initiatives, we want to thank those companies who agreed to participate in our Diversity Corporate Share Program by virtually hosting them in their in-house legal departments to complement our robust program.”

Buchanan’s 2021 Summer Associate class members are:


  • Sarina Aghazadeh-Alavi, 2L at Temple University School of Law
  • Tara Doherty, 2L at Rutgers School of Law - Camden
  • Christopher Klein, 1L at Temple University School of Law
  • Andrew Simmons, 2L at Villanova University School of Law
  • Krista Sonsalla, 2L at Temple University School of Law


  • Brea Jones, 2L Penn State Law
  • Trisha Klan, 2L University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Jesse Lamp, 2L University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Erin Napoleon, 2L University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Brianna Schmid, 2L Duquesne University School of Law
  • Xander Silva, 1L University of Pittsburgh Law School


  • Jennifer Jimenez, 2L University of Miami School of Law
  • Justin Najmy, 2L, University of Miami School of Law

Washington, D.C.

Lianyi Mosqueda, 2L Howard University School of Law