Pittsburgh, PA, June 15, 2009 — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced today that John A. (Jack) Barbour officially took the reins as CEO of the firm and chairman of its Board of Directors. He will serve in this role for a three-year term.

Barbour has spent the past year as CEO-elect after being unanimously nominated for the position by a committee of eight shareholders who spent months surveying attorneys and firm management. Thomas L. VanKirk, who had served as Buchanan's CEO since 2003, was elected by the board to serve as chairman of the firm for a one-year term.

In an internal announcement, Barbour told the firm, "I am proud to be part of such a strong team of great attorneys, and I look forward to leading our charge for the future success of our clients and ourselves."

Prior to joining Buchanan, Barbour was president and managing shareholder of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling. He was also a member of that firm's Board of Directors. When Klett Rooney merged with Buchanan in 2006, Barbour led the integration and cross-selling efforts for the combined firm.

About Barbour


John A. Barbour is CEO and chairman of the board for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He focuses his practice on real estate development and financing as well as complex commercial transactions. He also advises and counsels high-net-worth family businesses, including the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was selected by his peers to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® lists from 2006-2009, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2009.

Active in the community, Barbour served as board chairman for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for eight years, and is a life trustee and was a member for many years of the Executive Committee of the Carnegie Institute. In his capacity as board chairman, he led in developing the concept, funding and completion of the world's leading dinosaur exhibit, "Dinosaurs in Their Time."

Barbour holds an undergraduate degree from Davidson College and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.