McGuireWoods Pittsburgh Lawyers Named Among Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and ‘Rising Stars’

May 18, 2016

PITTSBURGH – Three lawyers from McGuireWoods’ Pittsburgh office have been named Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” for 2016, and five of the firm’s lawyers have been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” The lawyer rating service Super Lawyers will publish this year’s survey findings in its Pennsylvania and Delaware Super Lawyers magazine.

McGuireWoods’ 2016 Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers”:

  • Mark E. Freedlander, Bankruptcy: Business. Freedlander has represented financially distressed companies, lenders, vendors and acquirers of assets in numerous distressed transactions. In court supervised proceedings, he has represented debtors, Chapter 11 trustees, liquidating trustees, Chapter 11 plan sponsors, lenders, creditor committees, individual creditor interests and acquirers of assets.
  • Leonard J. Marsico, Business Litigation. The chair of McGuireWoods’ Complex Commercial Litigation Department and head of the firm’s coal industry team, Marsico handles cases involving energy, transactional, securities, insurance coverage, corporate control and general corporate matters. He serves as vice president of the American Coal Council, the premier trade association representing the mutual interests of the nation’s coal producers, utilities, transporters and coal support industries.
  • Paul K. Stockman, Environmental Litigation. Stockman has a broad-based complex trial and appellate litigation practice, with substantial focus on insurance coverage, environmental, appellate, tort and commercial disputes. He has substantial experience representing industrial clients in a variety of environmental disputes, including actions under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and analogous state environmental laws.

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” recognizes top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years.

McGuireWoods’ 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”:

  • Bryan C. Brantley, Personal Injury – Products: Defense. Brantley has represented clients in product liability claims across the country in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on transportation, construction equipment manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. He also has worked on numerous issues involving federal preemption of state law claims related to the labeling of prescription drugs and has actively participated and assisted in the handling of a variety of pharmaceutical litigation.
  • Anthony J. Carna, Energy and Natural Resources. Carna focuses his practice on the areas of oil and gas law and construction law. He regularly represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, pipeline companies, coal companies and other energy industry clients in connection with the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas interests, oil and gas related assets, midstream related assets and real property interests.
  • Frank J. Guadagnino, Bankruptcy: Business. Guadagnino represents corporate debtors, creditors, and creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases in connection with a wide variety of matters, including Section 363 asset sales and debtor-in-possession financing transactions. He also has experience defending creditors and trade vendors in various preference and fraudulent transfer actions brought under Chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Matthew D. Monsour, Business Litigation. Monsour’s experience includes first-chairing federal court trials, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, preparing and deposing witnesses, counseling clients in ways to successfully avoid litigation, and advising clients on large land transactions and private equity purchases. He also serves as national coordinating counsel for a major transportation company.
  • Ryan T. Purpura, Energy and Natural Resources. Purpura has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities, and general corporate law, especially related to the oil and gas industry. He frequently lectures on topics related to the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian Basin.

A Thomson Reuters publication, Super Lawyers identifies candidates through independent research and by inviting lawyers in each state to nominate the best attorneys they have observed in action. A lawyer-led research staff evaluates candidates on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates also undergo a peer review by practice area.