Leech Tishman Lawyers Chosen Among Best Lawyers in America in National Survey; Firm Ranked as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Law Firm Across a Variety of Practice Groups

Firm Congratulates Sally Griffith Cimini, Pete Fuscaldo, David Lampl, Fred Leech, Danton Mak, Wesley Yang and Robert Schroeder

PITTSBURGH, PA – Leech Tishman is proud to announce that eight of its lawyers were chosen by their peers to be included in the 2015 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 and Wesley Yang, partners of the firm, as well as Robert A. Schroeder, Counsel.

Leech Tishman was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” (Pittsburgh area) as a Tier 1 firm in the “Mediation” and “Tax Law” categories and as a Tier 2 firm in the “Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,” “Litigation – Bankruptcy,” “Corporate Law,” “Employment Law – Management,” and “Litigation – Labor & Employment” categories.

In addition, Sheldon Mak & Anderson, PC, which joined forces with Leech Tishman in July 2014, was separately ranked as a Tier 1 firm (Metropolitan Los Angeles) in  “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” “Litigation – Patent,” “Patent Law,” and “Trademark Law.”

Sally Griffith Cimini is recognized for a sixth year in the Employment Law – Management, Litigation -Labor & Employment and Mediation categories. Sally has over 25 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 and is a member of Leech Tishman’s Management Committee.

Pete Fuscaldo is recognized for a fifth year in the Corporate Law and Tax Law categories. Pete represents a diverse group of established, privately-held companies, often serving as general business counsel in both day-to-day matters and strategic transactions. He advises on the form of business entity and structure of business acquisitions, private equity transactions, and dispositions to minimize federal income tax consequences. In addition to his business counseling, Pete represents clients in federal tax controversies at the administrative dispute resolution level before the IRS and in litigation before the U.S. Tax Court. 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 fifth 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 on the firm’s Management Committee and is a member of Leech Tishman’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

Fred Leech has been recognized in the Banking & 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 and is a partner in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office.

Danton Mak is recognized 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.

Wesley Yang is recognized for a third 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 37 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 a ninth 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 is a firm dedicated to providing full-service commercial legal services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. We combine a deep understanding of our clients and their businesses with skilled legal counsel to find solutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefit consulting, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, 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.