PITTSBURGH, PA – November 13, 2017- Leech Tishman is proud to announce that firm partner Sally Griffith Cimini was recently inducted into the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (TCLEL). Sally was inducted as a TCLEL Fellow during their 22nd annual induction ceremony held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The reception was headlined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sally, a prominent employment & labor attorney and mediator, joins leading lawyers and neutrals nationwide who have been recognized for their expertise and leadership in the field of Labor and Employment Law. TCLEL Fellows are recognized and distinguished members of the labor and employment community who promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice by settings standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

Membership is by nomination only, limited to those who have met the qualifications described below for a period of not less than 20 years. Membership honors those lawyers who have demonstrated to their peers, the bar, bench and public through long performance related to the practice of Labor and Employment Law that they represent:

  • The highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based on the College’s acclaimed Principles of Civility and Professionalism
  • The highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership
  • A commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College
  • Sustained, exceptionally high-quality services to clients, bar, bench and public
  • Significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings on Labor and Employment Law

Sally is well-known in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly as an employment dispute mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator. She regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Sally is a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and also provides services as a private mediator. She is also a panel mediator on the UPMC Intermediation Panel. Sally has served as a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. In May 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded her its annual Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award in recognition and appreciation for her pioneering efforts to develop and enhance mediation throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is the past president of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania, and formerly chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s ADR Committee.

In addition to her involvement in alternative dispute resolution issues, Sally has over 32 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 serves as the Chair of Leech Tishman’s Employment Group. She regularly advises clients on employment discrimination issues, workplace and sexual harassment, disability accommodation, Family & Medical Leave Act compliance, employee handbooks, human resource policies and practices, wage and hour issues, use of temporary/leased/contract employees and independent contractors, performance appraisals, workplace investigations, drug and alcohol testing, workplace privacy issues, disciplinary action and termination, reductions in force, employment at-will/wrongful discharge, alternative dispute resolution, union avoidance, employment agreements, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, waivers and releases, and unemployment compensation claims.

Sally is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Attorney and a member of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She is regularly recognized by Best Lawyers Pittsburgh in the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor & Employment Law categories and has twice been named as Best Lawyers Pittsburgh Mediator of the Year (2018, 2016). Sally has also been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine for a number of years, and has repeatedly been placed on the publication’s list of the Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Super Lawyers.

“I am honored to join the TCLEL as a Fellow,” stated Sally. “Alternative dispute resolution is a very meaningful part of my practice, and has been a cornerstone of my career. ADR continues to grow in popularity and is where I focus the majority of my legal efforts.”


The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was founded in 1995. The College began as a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. It has now evolved to become an intellectual and practical resource for the support of the labor & employment profession and its many audiences. The primary purpose of the College is recognition of individuals, sharing knowledge and delivering value to the many different groups who can benefit from its value model. Fellows are nominated by existing members and must have at least 20 years of experience in the field.


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, aviation & aerospace, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Lakewood Ranch, FL, Los Angeles, New York, and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 941.877.1830 or 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.

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