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Pittsburgh, PA, October 29, 2009 — Samuel W. Braver, a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and chair of the firm's Product Liability Practice, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which Braver became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 974 persons during the recent 2009 Annual Meeting of the College in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the American College of Trial Lawyers

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,729 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.

The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

About Braver

For more than 32 years, Braver has represented financial institutions in state and federal courts throughout the east coast regarding complex commercial lending litigation as well as sophisticated probate and trust litigation in jury and non-jury trials. He is also very active in corporate governance and health care litigation. In addition, he represents manufacturers of various products in products liability litigation.