Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaJune 21, 2010.  Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that Pittsburgh attorney Gary P. Hunt has been elected its president for the year beginning July 1, 2010. The traditional passing of the gavel ceremony occurred during the association’s annual conference on June 18.

Hunt is a commercial litigation attorney and a shareholder at the law firm of Tucker Arensberg, PC, where he has worked for 30 years. He is well known in the greater Pittsburgh area not only for his litigation and mediation skills, but for his many pro bono and community activities, including his long-time service as a Board member and as Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and his service as a former Board member and now a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony.

According to outgoing president Kimberly A. Brown, "The Allegheny County Bar Association will be in excellent hands with Gary as president. Gary has displayed devoted service to the legal profession, to the community, and to those in need through his pro bono work. His commitment to the profession and his past non-profit leadership experience will serve him well in his new position as ACBA president."

Hunt has been a long-time and active member of the bar association serving on numerous committees and sections, including serving as Chair of the Civil Litigation Section and Managing Partners Forum, and serving on the Judiciary Committee. He also was one of the original members and co-chairs of both the ACBA’s Diversity Initiative task force and the ACBA’s Gender Equality Initiative task force.

Hunt said he is pleased to continue the excellent work of Brown and the association's board of governors and members.

"The work of our previous leadership and our members set the Association on the right path," said Hunt. "Therefore, my objectives as president can be focused on keeping us on that path. My priorities in the coming year will be to expand and energize our efforts to improve diversity in our legal community, to enhance the ongoing efforts to promote gender equality in the legal community through the work of the Institute for Gender Equality and other coordinated programming, and to encourage and support the pro bono activities of the members of our association. The association is already a positive force in our legal community and our entire Allegheny County community. It is my goal to ensure the continuity and growth of the efforts that have made us a positive force. I am honored to lead the Allegheny County Bar Association, which is admired nationally for its innovative programs and its commitment to service in the entire Allegheny County community." Hunt graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude, where he was also a member of the Law Review and was named a member of the Order of the Coif. (Attorney Hunt’s complete bio can be found below.)

The Allegheny County Bar Association also announced the following officers for 2010-2011: Howard J. Schulberg, Esq., a partner at Goehring Rutter & Boehm, will serve as President-Elect. Kimberly A. Brown, Esq., a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, will serve as Immediate Past President. James W. Creenan, Esq., principal of Creenan Law Offices, PC, will serve as Treasurer. Mark T. Vuono, Esq., partner at Vuono & Gray, LLC, will serve as Secretary. Marla N. Presley, Esq., an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash and Smoak, 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 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators and paralegals.

Contacts: Gary P. Hunt, Esquire
President, Allegheny County Bar Association
  Kimberly Brown
Immediate Past President, Allegheny County Bar Association
  Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association

Gary P. Hunt Bio

President of the Allegheny County Bar Association

Gary P. Hunt is a commercial litigation attorney who has been involved in the litigation practice for more than 30 years. Hunt, a shareholder with the firm, has been a member of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. for 30 years. For ten years, he served as the Managing Shareholder of the firm and still sits on the firm's Board of Directors. His practice consists primarily of federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, and ADR proceedings. Much of his practice involves multi-party claims, including class action litigation. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in many different types of litigation.

Hunt was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 in three separate categories: Bet the Company Litigation, Construction Law, and Commercial Litigation. He also has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was named as a "Top Lawyer" by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Hunt also has been elected to The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, which is the premier trial lawyers’ organization in western Pennsylvania. He is a past chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section.

He has been lead counsel in complex litigation involving officers and directors, corporate disputes, utility and natural resource litigation, contract, disputes, trade secret litigation, lender liability and other financial institution litigation, employment litigation, major construction, design, engineering and environmental litigation, RICO litigation, and class action litigation. He has represented utility companies in major corporate, power quality, and personal injury litigation. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and the Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and has also litigated claims in many states, including New York, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, California, Virginia, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and as a Special Master for the Court of Common Pleas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude, where he was also a member of the Law Review and was named a member of the Order of the Coif.