PITTSBURGH ATTORNEY JAMES W. CREENAN IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 24, 2014. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association announced today that Pittsburgh attorney James W. Creenan has been elected the association’s president for the year beginning July 1, 2014. The traditional passing of the gavel ceremony occurred during the association’s annual conference on June 20, 2014.
Creenan is a founding partner of the law firm of Creenan & Baczkowski, which provides client-focused legal services to those involved in the construction field. He has litigated disputes in the federal and state trial and appellate courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the American Arbitration Association. He has recently litigated disputes involving payment claims, delay claims, landslide, earth movements, and design errors in public and private projects.
According to Nancy Heilman, outgoing president of Allegheny County Bar Association, Creenan is extremely well prepared to be president. “Jim is one of our best and brightest young attorneys and has already volunteered hundreds of hours serving in leadership roles in our bar association, beginning with his election as Chair of our Young Lawyers Division, and with community projects. He has been a proactive member of our Board of Governors for many years, and, most recently, served as President-Elect. While it is typical of Jim to deflect credit for program ideas to co-committee or other board members, he has earned the respect of our members through his professionalism and his commitment to serving others. I know Jim will continue moving our bar association forward in answering the needs of our members and communities.”
Creenan said that he is honored to have become president of the bar association and that he understands the responsibility that comes with the position. “In my term as President, I hope to strengthen the bar association’s ability to provide first rate service to our member attorneys, which in turn will allow our members to better serve their clients. The bar’s leadership always looks for opportunities to improve member value and I intend to continue that tradition,” said Creenan.
He said that one of the first projects he will be working on is called Practice for Success, a skills training program for new lawyers that will make for an easier transition from the classroom to the courtroom. “Our law schools do an excellent job of educating our future lawyers, but with the state of the recent economy limiting the number of summer clerkships available and pushing new attorneys into solo practices, our new attorneys need a way to acquire the hands-on skills training.”
He also said he will be continuing to work to ensure that those in need in our communities have access to legal services. He is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Civil Legal Justice Coalition which recently released a report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, recommending the creation of a first ever Access to Justice Commission. The Commission would serve as a vehicle for studying and implementing measures to expand access to justice in the state.
Creenan also serves as vice chair of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, and he was a member of the Murrysville Zoning Hearing Board. At the bar association, he has served on numerous boards, committees, sections, and divisions, including the Board of Governors, and has held such positions as Treasurer of both that board and the board of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Young Lawyers Division.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Creenan graduated from Canisius College and then earned his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1996. At Duquesne, he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review, served as a leader of the Student Bar Association, competed in the National Appellate Moot Court Competition, and served on the Appellate Moot Court Board.
In addition to Creenan serving as President, the Allegheny County Bar Association also announced the following officers for 2014-2015: Mark A. Martini, Esq. will serve as President-Elect. Nancy L. Heilman, Esq. will serve as Immediate Past President; Bryan S. Neft, Esq. will serve as Treasurer; Kate J. Fagan, Esq. will serve as Secretary; and Regina Wilson, 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.
Nancy L. Heilman