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Pittsburgh attorney Nancy L. Heilman is elected president of the Allegheny County Bar Association

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 17, 2013.  Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that Pittsburgh attorney Nancy L. Heilman has been elected its president for the year beginning July 1, 2013.  The traditional passing of the gavel ceremony will occur during the association’s annual conference on June 21. 

Heilman is Of Counsel at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., where she has worked in civil litigation and labor and employment law. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

According to outgoing Allegheny County Bar Association President Mark T. Vuono, the bar association will be in good hands with Heilman.  “Nancy has shown that she is prepared to take the reins and hit the ground running,” he said.  “Her leadership and composure will serve our members well in the coming year.”

Heilman said that she is honored to become president of the bar association. “The Allegheny County Bar Association is highly respected across the country for our programs and service to the community, and that starts with the leadership of our Board of Governors, Executive Director Dave Blaner, and our staff,” said Heilman.

She said that one of her top priorities will be to ensure that the bar association continues to be a leader in improving diversity and gender equality, and that it is also a leader in the area of inclusiveness. “We are doing a great job in laying the groundwork for improvement in diversity and gender equality in our legal community, but we also have to be inclusive of everyone,” said Heilman. “We want to ensure that people feel welcomed in our profession and that they want to live and work in Allegheny County.”

Heilman has been an active member of the bar association for many years, serving two terms on the ACBA Judiciary Committee and as chair of the Committee before election to her current term on the Board of Governors. She formerly served on the Federal Court Section Council and the Labor and Employment Law Section Council, and the Professionalism Committee. She also served on the ad hoc committee that drafted the ACBA Code of Professionalism, and she recently chaired the Ad Hoc Elections Process & Procedures Committee, which proposed policies that were adopted by the Board of Governors. She is a member of the Women in the Law Division, the Federal Court Section, the Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee. She is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a member of the Homer S. Brown Division.

Heilman said that her background as a lawyer and as a parent gives her a good perspective of the challenges that face parents who are balancing family and work.  After a period of employment as a registered nurse, she finished college and waited until her five children were old enough before going to law school.

“I have found the practice of law to be very satisfying, and I encourage all lawyers to balance family life with work life.”

The Allegheny County Bar Association also announced the following officers for 2013-2014:  In addition to Heilman serving as President,  James W. Creenan, Esq. will serve as President-Elect.  Mark T. Vuono, Esq. will serve as Immediate Past President; Mark A. Martini, Esq. will serve as Treasurer; Kate J. Fagan, Esq. will serve as Secretary; and Julie R. Colton, Esq. will serve as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,300 member attorneys, judges, district justices, legal administrators, and paralegals.

Contacts

Nancy L. Heilman, Esquire
President-Elect, Allegheny County Bar Association
412-297-4900

Mark T. Vuono, Esquire
Outgoing President, Allegheny County Bar Association
412-471-1800

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620