PITTSBURGH, PA – May 26, 2016 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that partners Patrick W. Carothers, Sally Griffith Cimini, Heather S. Heidelbaugh, Steven D. Irwin, David W. Lampl and David W. Weicht were named 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. Christopher S. Channel, also a partner, was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Star.

Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers are among the top five percent of Pennsylvania’s licensed attorneys. Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine recognizes outstanding attorneys in more than 70 areas of practice using a rigorous, multiphase selection process that considers 12 separate indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement and high ethical standards. The Rising Stars recognition utilizes a similar selection process, but spotlights attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger or who have been in practice for ten years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of a particular state’s attorneys are named to the Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers:

Patrick W. Carothers was recognized for a fourth consecutive year, and prior to that, he was recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star on six separate occasions. A partner and member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Corporate Practice Groups, Patrick routinely represents businesses in various stages of financial restructurings- from out-of-court workouts to court monitored processes, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. Based in Pittsburgh, Patrick represents clients in bankruptcy courts throughout the country, including numerous matters in Delaware, New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

Sally Griffith Cimini was recognized for an 11th year. With 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, Sally 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 and was a past member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Heather S. Heidelbaugh was recognized for an 11th year. In addition, Heather was named to the 2016 Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania and Top 50 Attorneys in Pittsburgh Super Lawyers lists. Heather is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of litigation matters for business and individuals. She is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America, a national legal honorary society.

Steven D. Irwin was recognized for a 10th consecutive year. Steve focuses his practice primarily on business matters, where he routinely interacts with government bodies and counsels high-level management, defending against or asserting allegations of fraudulent conduct. He is a partner and past member of the Management Committee, which he served on for over ten years. Steve chairs the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group. He led the firm’s Employment Group for a decade and continues to counsel clients on all legal aspects of the employment relationship and labor compliance.

David W. Lampl was recognized for a 11th consecutive year. 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. He is a partner of the firm and serves as Co-Chair of Leech Tishman’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. 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 V. Weicht was recognized for an eighth year. Dave is an experienced litigator and has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation matters for businesses and individuals. A member of the firm’s Management Committee, David is a partner and practices in the Litigation and Employment Practice Groups.

Rising Stars:

Christopher S. Channel has been recognized as a Rising Star on 11 separate occasions. Chris is a partner in the Litigation and Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts Practice Groups. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has defended industrial manufacturers and business owners in claims involving allegations of toxic substances, defective products, premises liability and negligence.

“We are pleased to see a number of our attorneys once again recognized by their peers for the outstanding client service they provide and for their solid legal reputation,” stated Pete A. Fuscaldo, managing partner of Leech Tishman. “As a full-service firm, we are proud to have our attorneys recognized across a variety of practice areas.”


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, safety & toxic torts, 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.