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Mark R. Hornak, a shareholder in the Litigation Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Pittsburgh office and a member of the firm's Executive Committee, was quoted in an article published in the March 2, 2010, issue of The Legal Intelligencer.

According to the article, titled "Steel Resolve: Pittsburgh Emerges From 2009 Noticed, Eager to Grow," "The Pittsburgh legal market held tight to its conservative nature in 2009 as it navigated the recession, coming out relatively unscathed and eager to get back to strategic management in 2010. … However, throughout the year — thanks to the G-20 summit transforming the city into a de facto world capital for several days in September and a general stability not found in larger markets — Pittsburgh, perhaps one of the legal industry's best kept secrets, entered the spotlight. It has piqued the interest of out-of-town lawyers and, to the dismay of some natives, the competition."

Weighing in on reasons to think things are looking up, Hornak said, "The G-20 summit brought a lot of attention to the city, demonstrating the traditional Pennsylvania work ethic coupled with the revitalization of the economy makes the city a great place to work and live."

"The city has historical strength in the health care and higher education arenas and is becoming an energy leader," Hornak said. "The strength of the market is really thanks to a regional focus within western Pennsylvania and the surrounding tri-state area."

He cited companies like PNC Bank, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University as "hallmarks of stability" and as companies that are committed to the region.

Hornak concluded saying that while the city has to make more economic transitions at a faster pace than other markets, its an exciting challenge, not a tough one.