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Seven Burns White attorneys named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers/Rising Stars lists

PITTSBURGH, May 23, 2014 — Burns White Members David B. White and David A. Damico in the Pittsburgh office, and Member Valerie H. Lieberman and Associate Frank T. Troilo in the Philadelphia office were named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, a distinction received by no more than five percent of attorneys practicing in the state. In addition, Members Travis W. Smith and Stephen A. Hall of Pittsburgh and Associate Andrew J. Fuga of Philadelphia were selected for the Rising Stars list.

Named to the Pa. Super Lawyers list since 2004, Mr. White brings to his clients more than 30 years of demonstrated legal experience spanning several industries and areas of litigation including financial services, commercial, products liability, professional malpractice and employment, coupled with practical business acumen and strong leadership skills as a team builder and project manager. Mr. White earned a J.D. degree from Duquesne University.

Mr. Damico, who is a seven-time list maker for Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, brings more than 29 years of litigation experience coupled with business acumen to his corporate clients. Co-Chair of the firm’s Transportation Practice Group, he serves as National Trial Counsel to multiple railroad companies and has tried numerous occupational illness, toxic exposure and catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Damico also serves as counsel on behalf of manufacturers and distributors in complex products liability and toxic tort cases. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Included on the list for a third consecutive year, Ms. Lieberman is a member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Group and serves on the Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with insurance companies, self-insured and uninsured employers from a variety of industries to help reduce their exposure to workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Lieberman received a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Mr. Troilo, a first-time list maker, defends a diverse array of clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in workers’ compensation claims. With more than 24 years of experience, he has worked at several Philadelphia firms developing litigation strategies and counseling employers on issues related to insurance coverage, compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, wrongful discharge and employee resolution options. Mr. Troilo graduated from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.

The Pennsylvania Rising Stars rating is a distinction given to no more than 2.5 percent of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for ten years or less. Mr. Smith, Chair and Founder of the Medicare Compliance Group, was selected as a Rising Star recipient in 2008 and 2010-2013. Civil litigation and Estate Planning & Administration Co-Chair Mr.Hall was named to the list in 2010-2011 and 2012-13. Mr. Fuga, a first time list maker for Pennsylvania Rising Stars, concentrates his practice in construction law and litigation.

An annual rating service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division, the Super Lawyers list’s patented, multiphase selection process consists of a statewide survey of lawyers in more than 70 practice areas, independent research to identify outstanding lawyers, evaluation of candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition, a panel review by practice area and a discipline check of each candidate.