Leech Tishman Partner Sally Griffith Cimini to Receive Pennsylvania Bar Association 2014 Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award

PITTSBURGH, PA – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that firm partner Sally Griffith Cimini has been selected to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (“PBA”) 2014 Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award. The Sir Francis Bacon Award is given each year to an individual who excels and has had a significant professional impact in the area of alternative dispute resolution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sally will be presented with the award at the PBA Annual Meeting Award Luncheon on May 15, 2014 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Sally is a partner in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office and chairs the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups.

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. She has been very active in the field of alternative dispute resolution throughout her career, 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, and also provides services as a private mediator. A member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Sally is also a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a panel mediator on the UPMC Intermediation Panel.

In terms of her experience in the field of employment law, Sally 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 routinely represents employers in employment discrimination litigation before the federal and state courts as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. She also represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including grievances, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. Sally has extensive experience with wage and hour practice before the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division.

Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Sally was a shareholder and associate at various prominent law firms in Pittsburgh. During the course of her career, she has practiced employment and labor law in both private practice and as in-house employment counsel for a major electric utility in Pittsburgh. Her work has always focused on employment and labor matters, prior to, while attending and since graduating from law school. While attending law school, Sally worked as a personnel specialist at Union Switch and Signal and also spent time as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Sally has published numerous articles on employment law and is a regular speaker on employment, labor law and human resources issues. She has served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute and other PBI employment programs for many years.

“It is such an honor to be selected to receive this award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association,” said Sally. “I am a strong believer in the power of mediation and facilitated dialogue and have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of alternative dispute resolution work during the course of my career. This aspect of my work has brought me much personal and professional fulfillment.”

Founded in 1895, the PBA strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.

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. We offer legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, government relations, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit www.leechtishman.com.