Burns White promotes eight attorneys to membership status

Dec 17, 2014 | News

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17, 2014 — Burns White LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of eight attorneys to Member in its Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices, effective Jan. 1, 2015.


Nicole E. Bazzy, who joined Burns White in 2004,is Co-Chair of the Estate Planning and Administration Group and practices in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning and administration. More specifically, she handles a variety of matters for Class I and short line railroads including occupational disease, toxic tort and railroad crossing litigation. Ms. Bazzy also focuses on the creation, funding and administration of special needs trusts. She received a J.D. from Duquesne University.

Matthew G. Brouse started at the firm as a law clerk/summer associate in 2009 before becoming an associate in 2010. He is experienced in a wide range of litigation and transactional matters affecting clients in the oil and gas, transportation and financial services industries. Mr. Brouse was recently named Co-Chair of the Energy Group at Burns White, where he handles contract and lease disputes and personal injury claims, and manages a transactional team that provides due diligence review, title curative measures and certified title opinions in oil and gas land acquisitions. Mr. Brouse graduated from Duquesne University School of Law.

Tony A. Comas, who was named to the 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list, joined Burns White in 2005. He concentrates his practice in Medicare compliance, with a background in workers’ compensation defense. Prior to joining Burns White, Mr. Comas served as an associate attorney settling cases both at the federal and state levels regarding employment discrimination and consumer protection laws. He received a J.D. from Duquesne University.

Nina W. Gusmar started at the firm in 2006. She focuses her practice on occupational illness defense, healthcare law and compliance, and general corporate and intellectual property matters. Ms. Gusmar has a comprehensive background in the law, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, contracts, real estate, tax issues, healthcare and litigation. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Richard S. Sigurdson, II joined the law firm of Burns White in 2002. Mr. Sigurdson’s practice focuses on cases involving the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, defending Class I railroads in complex litigation matters involving occupational-related claims throughout the Northeast. In addition, he also handles commercial financial transactions for institutions such as banks and business capital investors in all facets of commercial transaction matters, with a focus on asset-based and cash flow lending and commercial transactions. Mr. Sigurdson received a J.D. from Duquesne University.

Kimberly W. Young concentrates her practice in the area of Medicare compliance in the settlement of workers’ compensation claims and general liability claims and is a frequent requested speaker on the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute. She joined the firm in 2008. Prior to joining Burns White, Ms. Young served as a judicial law clerk to the president judge of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. Ms. Young graduated from Duquesne University School of Law.


Angela A. Cronk joined Burns White in 2000 as an Associate and concentrates her practice in litigation, including commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, financial institution litigation, insurance defense and landlord remedies. Ms. Cronk, who was selected by her peers for inclusion on the 2011 and 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” lists, also handles general business and transactional matters for banks and companies of all sizes. Ms. Cronk received a J.D. from Duquesne University.

An Associate of the firm since 2011, Andrew J. Fuga practices construction law and litigation at Burns White. Selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list, Mr. Fuga represents architects, engineers and other design professionals in the handling of claims for delay, design-related claims, contractual disputes and payment claims. Mr. Fuga also defends construction industry clients and property owners against a wide range of personal injury claims arising from both general and professional liability. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law.