Pittsburgh, PA, May 17, 2012 -- Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced that the lawyers, paralegal and administrative staff of Manion McDonough & Lucas, P.C. (“MM&L”) have joined Buchanan. The MM&L lawyers are Joseph F. McDonough, Kevin P. Lucas, James G. McLean, Robert D. Finkel, Alexandra P. West and Erin Lucas Hamilton.

Jack Barbour, Buchanan’s CEO, said “Manion McDonough & Lucas has earned a stellar reputation as a go-to law firm for complex and high-profile cases. This is an unparalleled opportunity to add high-caliber and successful lawyers, and we are thrilled to have them become part of the firm.”

The addition of MM&L’s seven litigators brings Buchanan’s Litigation Section headcount to 115, roughly a quarter of its overall size.

“We are excited that our existing and new clients will now benefit from the depth of resources and increased scope of services that Buchanan provides,” stated Joseph McDonough. "Bringing MM&L to a close was not an easy decision, but we were ultimately overwhelmed by Buchanan’s outstanding commitment to client service as well as its internal business philosophy and strategic direction,” he added. “We believe that together the lawyers of MM&L and Buchanan will provide a tremendous platform for client service. Our only regret is that after more than 50 years in practice our esteemed founder Paul A. Manion has decided to limit his work, though he has promised to continue as a trusted source of advice and guidance."

Formed in 1985, MM&L has handled many of the largest and most complex cases filed in Western Pennsylvania, as well as a host of prominent projects in other areas of the United States. Its founding members have conducted trials and argued appeals in virtually every field of litigation and at every level of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Proportional to its size, MM&L received more listings (a total of 10) in the 2012 Edition of Pittsburgh's Best Lawyers than any other firm in the City.

About MM&L’s Principals
Joseph F. McDonough built upon his background in economics and accounting to develop a practice devoted in roughly equal parts to financial transactions (including bankruptcy and restructuring) and litigation. As a litigator, he has focused on a range of business-related issues including property damage recovery, contract disputes, accounting/legal malpractice defense and commercial litigation. His clients have ranged from several of America’s largest banks, insurance companies and corporations to privately held large and middle-market businesses. He received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School and his B.A. degree, magna cum laude from The American University.

Kevin P. Lucas has devoted his career to the prosecution and defense of a broad and varied range of complex business claims, from contracts and commercial transactions generally to more specific areas such as construction litigation, unfair competition, employment practices, corporate governance, and products/premises liability. He has tried and argued cases for regional, national and foreign clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in both domestic and international arbitrations. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and to the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, and also serves as a mediator/arbitrator, litigation special master, and adjunct law professor. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Fordham University.

James G. McLean is a business lawyer and litigator with nearly three decades experience in real estate, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He has handled a full range of transactional matters including sales, financing and leasing of commercial property, tax assessment appeals and land use approvals, as well as debtor and creditor representation in large business bankruptcies. His litigation experience includes contract, restrictive covenant and business ownership disputes with a focus on litigation and appeals of real property matters. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr. of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and received his J.D. degree cum laude from The Penn State-Dickinson School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

About the Firm
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing throughout the United States, with multiple offices in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as offices in Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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