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Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC

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Summer associate program
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Pro bono
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Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC

Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC
Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC
Main office One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, 20th Floor | Pittsburgh | PA | 15219-1410
Phone 412 562 8800 
Fax 412 562 1041 
Year of establishment 1850
Number of offices 17
Largest office Pittsburgh
Number of attorneys 415
Number of associates 82
Number of partners 125
Partner: associate ratio 1.50
Percent women attorneys 23.50
Percent minority attorneys 6.50


A father and son team, Congressman Moses Hampton and his son John, founded the firm in 1850. The work ethics of excellence, sound judgment and commonsensical coherent practices the founders had established, still shape the firm’s working ethos and integrity. For Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, uppermost in their thought process is serving its clients, everything else comes next.

The firm is large in size but that does not prevent it from giving its individual attention to all its clients’ problems and getting to know each client personally. The firm works hard to understand the client’s requirements, expectations and concerns.

The firm is fully geared and prepared, with upwards of 450 talented competent attorneys and an excellent support base and 15 offices across the country, to take on just about any challenge that the clients bring to them. The firm has established excellent credentials in the practice areas of business organizations, business finance, litigation, intellectual property, business and personal tax, government relations, creditors' rights, employment, employee compensation and benefits, labor, immigration, estates and trusts, government contract law and commercial contracts.

The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Miami, Aventura, Tampa, Wilmington, Princeton, Newark, Cleveland, San Diego and Silicon Valley and is headquartered in its original location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The firm has undergone a series of acquisitions and additions during the past few years, including the addition of the 55 attorneys and patent professionals of Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis. In 2006, the firm merged with Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling PC to form the present day Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
Areas of practice

  • Corporate
  • Executive Compensation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Securities & SEC
  • Technology Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Energy
  • Coal
  • Environmental
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power Generation
  • Renewable & Utility
  • Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Commercial Finance
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Financial Institution Asset Sales & Acquisitions
  • Public Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Health Care
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Behavioral Health
  • Compliance & Fraud Investigations
  • Health Care Information Technology
  • Health Care Joint Ventures
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Reimbursement & Managed Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • IP Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secrets (Intellectual Property)
  • Trademark Litigation
  • U.S. International Trade Commission Litigation
  • Unfair Trade Practices & Unfair Competition Litigation
  • Materials Science
  • Areas of Focus
  • Mechanical
  • Patent Interferences
  • Reexaminations & Reissues
  • Post-Grant Patent Proceedings
  • Patent Reform Information & Updates
  • Post-Issuance Patentability at a Glance
  • Presentations & Related Documents
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Labor & Employment
  • Acquisition & Divestiture Assistance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits & ERISA
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment-Related Class & Collective Action Litigation
  • Human Resources & Employee Relations Issues
  • Immigration
  • Railway Labor Act
  • Trade Secrets & Restrictive Covenants
  • Traditional Labor Relations
  • Wage Payment & Fair Labor Standards Act (Overtime Pay)
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Safety & Health OSHA & MSHA
  • Litigation
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Business Litigation & Trial
  • Data Security & Privacy
  • E-Discovery Team
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Government Contracts Litigation
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Long Term Care
  • Matrimonial & Family Law
  • Nontraditional Couples & Families
  • Products Liability
  • Securities Litigation
  • Trade Secrets & Restrictive Covenants
  • White-Collar Defense & Investigations
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Taxation
  • Regulatory & Government
  • Federal Government Procurement
  • Food and Drug Administration & Pharmaceuticals
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Tax
  • Business & International Tax
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Guides & Forms
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Documents & Forms
Notable cases

  • With a heritage of more than 150 years behind them Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has notched up some remarkable triumphs. Some of the more notable cases are as under:
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney assisted corporate counsel in a multimillion-dollar stock transaction by negotiating the transition of our clients from owners to employees of the corporate buyers.
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney drafted intra-company service agreements among numerous affiliated companies
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney handled all of the labor and benefit aspects of a venture capital fund's acquisition of a unionized company from an ESOP
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney handled all of the labor and benefit aspects of several large stock and asset acquisitions by a large mining company
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney helped Ingersoll & Rooney to structure an asset sale to comply with the WARN Act
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney helped a chemical company acquire plants in several states that involved complicated temporary leasing arrangements
  • - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney negotiated a revision of the applicable labor agreement to permit a split of the bargaining unit and then drafted the labor/benefit provisions of the asset sales agreements
Awards and recognitions

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas and has received some of the top honors in the profession motivating them to continue to strive to merit and receive recognition from its clients and peers. These are some of its more recent accomplishments.

- Eleven attorneys of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney named as The Best Lawyers in America 2013
Hiring criteria

The firm is accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Associate Program for its Pittsburg office only. Candidates are advised to apply on and provide details of resume, transcripts and writing samples. The firm is continually looking for bright, qualified people with diverse skill sets to join its team.

The firm is resolute in its belief that it is owing to the diversity of its workplace and the varied experiences and perspectives that it brings to the working ethos of the firm, which contributes to the firm's vitality and liveliness. The firm is committed to supporting and sustaining a culture of inclusion as that, in the firm's contention, is the only way that it can attract the topmost talent and assist in the development of enduring client relationships.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's core values of inclusiveness, cultural awareness, and mutual respect amongst all it employees ensures an environment that is welcoming, collegial and one that fosters innovation and welcomes new ideas and perspectives. The firm is committed to ensuring that diversity remains a top priority in the hiring, retention, and advancement of its attorneys and other professionals and in the promotion of diverse attorneys to leadership positions within the firm.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Diversity & Inclusion Committee oversees diversity efforts at the firm and is tasked with promoting and nurturing diversity within the firm. The committee ensures that the firm maintains diversity in the hiring, advancement and retention of talented lawyers and professionals without any bias or prejudice.
Summer associate program

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's summer program has a well-entrenched tradition of attracting exceptional law students from across the country. The program provides a hands-on experience, for students aspiring to be attorneys, to experience first-hand what it is like to be an attorney at a firm as large and renowned as Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

The firm makes all attempts to provide the summer associates with assignments in their preferred choice. Attempts are also made to provide the students opportunities to attend depositions, negotiations, court appearances, client meetings, corporate and commercial transactions, pro bono opportunities and seminars. The assignments and the work environment are comparable to those experienced by the firm's first and second year associates.

The firm understands the worth of feedback and that without it the students will not be able to understand where they are going wrong. With each assignment two feedbacks are provided. Throughout the summer, further one-to-one face-to-face meetings are arranged as also evaluation meetings with the aim of identifying strengths and addressing areas that need improvement.

Summer Associates are assigned an associate mentor who will help the student make the leap from student to attorney. As time progresses the student will also be assigned a shareholder mentor.

In addition to being exposed to the firm's working environment, summer associates participate in numerous social and cultural activities which allow them to become personally acquainted with the firm's attorneys.
Salary & benefits


  • Y1 $0-$105,000.00
  • Y2 $0-$107,500.00
  • Y3 $0-$110,000.00
  • Y4 $0-$117,500.00

  • NA

Benefits Package: NA
Working for the Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney prides itself in being among the topmost firms in the country with a widespread range of highly diverse practices. Inspite of having offices across the length and breadth of the country, the firm sees itself as a single entity. To ensure that the success of the school and its high standing and stature is sustained the firm has a well-specified set of operating principles. Every employee of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is required to abide by these principles.

The firm looks for experienced attorneys, those who know what direction they want their careers to take and are fiercely determined to achieve their goals. The firm offers a welcoming environment that provides growth and success in a number of areas.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney believes in maintaining a careful balance between time spent working and time spent not working. It respects the employee as an individual who has his own needs and interests that the firm comprehends need to be addressed. The firm believes in the adage that happy employees are productive employees and discourages all work and no play.

Everybody in the firm, from shareholders to associates to administrative staff members, is on a first-name basis. The firm tries to work around the workers routine to structure a schedule that meets his/her needs while serving the firm's interests and the needs of its clients.
Pro bono

The firm is committed to serving its clients but is equally committed to serving the communities in which it is privileged to serve. The firm understands and emphasizes the importance of contributing to the community. It encourages and promotes its attorneys to participate in pro bono and other charitable activities and to provide pro bono legal services to that section of society that desperately seeks it but cannot afford it.
The firms professionals serve on the boards of hundreds of charitable and civic organizations and the firm gives back to the communities by generous donations to charities and by providing pro bono counsel and through volunteering.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's pro bono committee promotes additional interest and support within the firm and to provide the attorneys with information regarding where pro bono work is required.

Attorneys are always encouraged to become involved with different pro bono projects. In the last couple of years, the firm has supported a number of nonprofits, including: American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Habitat for Humanity, Homeless Children's Education Fund and Toys for Tots.
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