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KIMBERLY A. BROWN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaJune 24, 2009.  Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that Pittsburgh attorney Kimberly A. Brown has been elected its president for the year beginning July 1, 2009. The traditional passing of the gavel ceremony occurred during the association’s annual conference on June 19th. Brown is a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP. She will be joined on the Board by the following new officers: Gary P. Hunt, a partner at Tucker Arensberg, PC, will serve as president elect; Michelle L. Kopnski, an attorney at Tucker Arensberg, PC, will serve as Treasurer; and Mark T. Vuono, a partner at Vuono & Gray, LLC; will serve as Secretary.

According to outgoing president Jay A. Blechman, “It has been my great pleasure to work with Kim during my year as president. Kim has a passion for the law and for helping others, and she will take the programs that are important to our members to the next level of success. She is a driven and tenacious individual who will serve the Allegheny County Bar Association well as our new president.”

One of Brown’s first objectives will be to oversee, along with the Board of Governors, the opening of the bar association’s Institute for Gender Equality this fall. Brown considers the opening of the Institute as another example of the association being a leader in the industry.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected to serve as the president of one of the premier bar associations in the country, the Allegheny County Bar Association,” said Brown. "Our bar association is the collective work of our very active and enthusiastic members, and I am proud to represent them. During my year as president, I look forward to supporting and promoting the long-standing traditions of education, community and pro bono service, and professionalism that are the hallmarks of the Allegheny County Bar Association and its members.”

Brown is a member of Thorp Reed & Armstrong’s Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice Group, specializing in commercial and insurance litigation and the defense of product liability actions. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science, and a 1989 graduate of Duke University School of Law. She is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Defense Research Institute, the Defense Research Institute, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the ACBA Civil Litigation Section, and the Women in the Law Division’s Gender Bias Subcommittee, which was created to address complaints of gender bias in the legal profession. She served as co-chair of the Subcommittee between 2000 and 2002. Since 2003, Brown has served as an elected member of the ACBA Board of Governors, and has been appointed to the Board of Governors’ ad hoc Institute Committee, ad hoc Judiciary Committee, ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee, ad hoc Public Service Committee, and has chaired the ad hoc Nominating Committee.

The Allegheny County Bar Association also announced the following new members of its board of governors: Mark A. Martini, Esq. and Lisette (Mimi) M. McCormick, Esq.


Kimberly A. Brown Bio.

Kimberly A. Brown is a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP and a member of the firm's Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice Group, specializing in commercial and insurance litigation and the defense of product liability actions. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science, and a 1989 graduate of Duke University School of Law. Brown is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers; a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honor bestowed upon the top five percent of Pennsylvania lawyers. She is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Defense Research Institute, the Defense Research Institute, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the ACBA Civil Litigation Section, and the Women in the Law Division’s Gender Bias Subcommittee, which was created to address complaints of gender bias in the legal profession. She served as co-chair of the Subcommittee between 2000 and 2002. Since 2003, Brown has served as an elected member of the ACBA Board of Governors, and has been appointed to the Board of Governors’ ad hoc Institute Committee, ad hoc Judiciary Committee, ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee, ad hoc Public Service Committee, and has chaired the ad hoc Nominating Committee.

Brown is the 2008 recipient of the Lynette Norton Award which was bestowed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession for excellence in litigation skills and demonstrated leadership in mentoring female attorneys. In May 2006, she was honored by the ACBA with the Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award for her efforts on behalf of women and her work in mentoring female attorneys.

Brown serves as the pro bono coordinator at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, and has provided pro bono representation of victims of abuse in Protection from Abuse proceedings over the last 15 years, as well as volunteered for various pro bono litigation matters, the KD & You and the Law program, and the court-sponsored Pro Bono Arbitration Program to benefit Neighborhood Legal Services Association. She is a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Great Lakes Deposition Program held annually at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Brown is active in her community as a member and former director of the Manchester Historic Society, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of historic Manchester, and serves on the United Way of Allegheny County Women's Leadership Council Committee.

 

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.

Contacts:

Kimberly A. Brown, Esquire,
412-394-2323

Jay A. Blechman, Esquire,
412-263-3700

Tom Loftus,
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620


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