PITTSBURGH, PA – August 15, 2016 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers were chosen by their peers to be included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The recognized lawyers include Sally Griffith Cimini, Pete A. Fuscaldo, David W. Lampl, Frederick C. Leech, Danton K. Mak, Jeffrey G. Sheldon and Wesley Yang, partners of the firm, as well as Robert A. Schroeder, Counsel.
Sally Griffith Cimini is recognized for an eighth year in the Employment Law – Management, Litigation -Labor & Employment and Mediation categories. Sally has over 30 years of experience devoted exclusively to counseling and litigating on behalf of private and public sector employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring through termination and is highly regarded for her experience in the areas of employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Sally serves as Chair of Leech Tishman’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
Pete Fuscaldo is recognized for a seventh year in the Corporate Law and Tax Law categories. Pete represents a represents diverse and established privately-held companies, often serving as general business counsel in both day-to-day matters and strategic transactions. Pete provides counsel on a full range of business structuring, transaction, succession, and disposition issues. He advises clients on matters related to entity formation, the structure of business acquisitions, private equity transactions, and dispositions to minimize federal income tax consequences. In addition, Pete counsels businesses on complex restructuring and recapitalization transactions. Pete has a deep understanding of both business and tax law, which allows him to be creative in finding solutions to otherwise difficult deals. Pete is the firm’s managing partner, serves on the firm’s Management Committee and is a member of Leech Tishman’s Corporate, Taxation and Construction Practice Groups in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
David Lampl is recognized for a seventh year in the Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights Law / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation- Bankruptcy categories. David is highly regarded for the major role he has played in numerous local and national high profile cases involving Chapter 11 bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings. Over the course of his career, David has served as lead counsel on behalf of banks, creditors’ committees and debtor companies in a wide variety of complex bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. David serves as Co-Chair of Leech Tishman’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
Fred Leech is recognized for a third year in the Banking and Finance Law category. Fred has a wide-ranging legal practice advising business clients on regulatory matters, corporate governance and acquisition transactions. He serves as outside general counsel to a number of operating company clients, principally in the manufacturing and media industries. In this role, in addition to managing his own legal projects, Fred oversees the delivery of a wide range of services in areas such as intellectual property, employment, tax, litigation, environmental law and benefits. Fred also has significant experience representing investment advisers in regulatory matters and strategic transactions. Fred serves as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Danton Mak is recognized for a third year in the Litigation- Patent Law category. Danton is experienced in industry, management and the law. His influence extends beyond the United States, and Hong Kong where he was born and raised, to Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Danton’s insight, knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the U.S. and the Far East have proven invaluable to clients seeking to establish ventures or business operations at home or abroad. Prior to joining Leech Tishman in 2014, Danton was a partner at Sheldon Mak & Anderson (“SMA”), a California-based full-service intellectual property law firm. Danton is a member of Leech Tishman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s California office and focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property.
Jeff Sheldon is recognized for a ninth year in the Litigation-Intellectual Property Law, Litigation-Patent Law, Patent Law and Trademark Law categories. Jeff has been recognized as the Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the Patent Law category for the Los Angeles area for the past few years and has also previously been selected by California Lawyer as one of the 20 best intellectual property lawyers in the state. Prior to joining Leech Tishman in 2014, Jeffrey was also a partner at SMA, where he was recognized for his leadership in creating one of the most dynamic, purely intellectual property law firms in the country. Jeff is the author of the foremost treatise on how to write patent applications, “How to Write a Patent Application,” first published in 1992 by the Practicing Law Institute. The treatise is used in law schools and by aspiring patent attorneys throughout the world. Jeffrey is regularly retained by in-house counsel of large corporations because of his command of intellectual property law. He has a technical background in the biomedical and chemical engineering arts. Jeff serves as Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Leech Tishman’s California office and focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property, from prosecution and litigation to domestic and international licensing.
Wesley Yang is recognized for a fifth year in the Tax Law category. Wesley is well known for his experience in complex corporate and tax law matters. As a tax attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Wesley has more than 39 years of broad experience in estate planning and administration, asset protection planning, corporate and partnership taxation, international taxation, captive insurance companies and management succession planning for closely held businesses. He specializes in the areas of income tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals and owners of closely held businesses. Wesley is Chair of the firm’s Taxation Practice Group. He also practices in the Corporate and Estates & Trusts Practice Groups in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office.
Bob Schroeder is recognized for an 11th year in the Litigation-Intellectual Property Law, Litigation-Patent Law, Patent Law and Trademark Law categories. Bob has been a patent litigator for more than 30 years. He has been lead counsel in patent cases, as well as trade secret, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade dress cases, and has handled IP arbitrations before domestic and international tribunals. He is experienced in appeals before various circuit courts of appeal and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob regularly advises clients on patent infringement matters, licensing agreements and intellectual property acquisitions. In addition, he supervises patent prosecution and maintenance programs and counsels clients as to intellectual property generally. Prior to joining Leech Tishman in 2014, Bob was a partner at SMA. Bob is a member of Leech Tishman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s California office and focuses his practice on patent litigation.
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Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, health & safety, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.