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PITTSBURGH – June 6, 2017 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announces that Melissa Croteau has joined the firm as chief business development officer and will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Croteau brings to Buchanan more than 30 years of marketing, strategy and business development experience, including five years as chief marketing officer for a global AmLaw100 firm, and most recently as a law firm consultant specializing in business development, strategic planning and marketing strategy. Croteau will oversee all business development, marketing and communications initiatives, and work closely with Buchanan’s leadership to achieve the firm’s strategic business goals.

“Melissa is an outstanding business development professional who brings a wealth of experience, a track-record of success and a deep understanding of the evolving legal landscape. We are looking forward to Melissa’s perspective and leadership as we continue to develop and deliver efficient and effective service to our clients and explore various growth opportunities,” said Joseph A. Dougherty, Buchanan’s CEO and managing director.

Croteau replaces Randy Vulakovich who takes on a new role as chief administrative officer. In this position, Vulakovich will work closely with the firm’s leadership team to facilitate best practices and improve efficiencies of Buchanan’s administrative operations and processes firm wide.

“Over the past six years, Randy has built a strong business development and marketing foundation and has successfully led a team of true professionals. We know he will continue to exceed expectations in his new role,” added Dougherty.

“I could not be more excited to join Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. I look forward to working with firm leadership and our entire business development and marketing team to create initiatives to support growth, elevate the firm’s already stellar reputation and deliver value to existing and future clients,” said Croteau.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Croteau also holds a master’s degree in Corporate Communications from Boston University and has completed several executive education programs. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and business development topics.

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