Six Burns White Members named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers/Rising Stars lists

May 21, 2012 | News

PITTSBURGH, May 21, 2012 — Burns White Founding Member David B. White in the Pittsburgh office and Member attorneys Valerie H. Lieberman, William J. Mundy and Stuart T. O’Neal in the Philadelphia office were named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, a distinction received by no more than five percent of attorneys practicing in the state. In addition, two Member attorneys from the Pittsburgh office were selected for the Rising Stars list: Travis W. Smith and Chad A. Wissinger.

A Super Lawyer since 2004, Mr. White was chosen for his work in civil litigation defense. With a practice spanning several industries, he brings to his clients more than 30 years of demonstrated legal experience in business litigation, professional liability and alternative dispute resolution matters, as well as a practical business acumen and strong leadership skills as a team builder and project manager. Mr. White earned both B.S. and J.D. degrees from Duquesne University.

Ms. Lieberman, a first year Super Lawyer and newly elected member of the Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, was selected in the area of workers’ compensation. For more than 17 years, she has worked with insurance companies, self-insured employers and uninsured employers from a variety of industries to help reduce their exposure to workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Lieberman received a B.A. from Arcadia University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Since 2005, Mr. Mundy has been rated a Super Lawyer in the area of professional liability: defense. Co-chair of the firm’s Healthcare and Long-Term Care Practice Group, his practice focuses on the representation of long-term healthcare providers and the defense of medical malpractice and professional liability claims. Mr. Mundy obtained a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Villanova University.

On the Rising Stars list since 2010, Mr. O’Neal received Super Lawyer status this year for his work in personal injury defense: medical malpractice. He handles professional liability, general liability, employment and corporate matters on behalf of various healthcare providers; is an advocate for the personal care home industry and has represented providers of all sizes at the administrative level. Mr. O’Neal earned a B.A. from Dickinson College and a J.D. from Villanova University.

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 of the Medicare Compliance Group and Rising Star recipient in 2008 and 2010-2011, was named for his work in addressing Medicare issues in workers’ compensation and liability settlements. Mr.Wissinger, Co-chair of the Construction and Environmental Groups, earned this distinction in the area of construction litigation in 2007-2008 and 2011.

An annual rating service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division, the Super Lawyers list 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. The Pennsylvania listings will be published in the annual Pennsylvania Super Lawyers publication and in a special supplement in the June 2012 issues of Pittsburgh Magazine and Philadelphia magazine respectively.