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Leech Tishman Partner Chosen as Best Lawyers’ 2016 Pittsburgh Mediation Lawyer of the Year

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 11, 2016 – Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC (Leech Tishman) is proud to announce that firm partner, Sally Griffith Cimini, has been chosen by her peers as Best Lawyers’ 2016 Pittsburgh Mediation Lawyer of the Year.

Cimini, a prominent employment & labor and alternative dispute resolution attorney, was the sole recipient of the Best Lawyers’ 2016 Pittsburgh Mediation Lawyer of the Year honor. Additionally, she was chosen to be included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for a seventh year in the following categories: Employment Law — Management; Litigation — Labor & Employment; and Mediation.

Cimini is well-known in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly as an employment dispute mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator. She regularly serves in this role for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Cimini is a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and also provides services as a private mediator. She is a panel mediator on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Intermediation Panel. Cimini formerly served as a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. She served as President of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania for a number of years and chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s ADR Committee for several years. In May 2014, the Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded Cimini its annual Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award in recognition of and appreciation for her pioneering efforts to develop and enhance mediation throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her involvement in alternative dispute resolution issues, Cimini has devoted over 25 years to counseling and litigating on behalf of private and public sector employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring through termination. Cimini serves as Chair of Leech Tishman’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, where she also served on the firm’s Management Committee for several years.

Cimini is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney and a member of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine for a number of years, and has repeatedly been placed on the publication’s list of the Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Super Lawyers. Since 2010, she has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor & Employment Law categories. In 2015, she was recognized by Best Lawyers Pittsburgh in the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor & Employment Law categories.

“My involvement in the field of alternative dispute resolution has been a very important and meaningful part of my career. I strongly believe in the power of mediation in the dispute resolution process. Mediation offers parties the opportunity to quickly and cost-effectively discuss their issues, sort out misunderstandings, and reach a self-determined resolution that may better meet their needs than a court-imposed outcome,” stated Cimini. “It’s an absolute honor to be recognized for my mediation work.”

Published since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The Best Lawyers lists, representing 80 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, DC, are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. We combine a deep understanding of our clients and their businesses with skilled legal counsel to develop the best solution for any given situation. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at