"There was nobody that was anywhere close to Jim in understanding the complex issues in connection with automobile insurance law," one attorney had said about Haggerty.
S. Manoj Jegasothy and Group
Known for its insurance defense work, Gordon & Rees had been looking to open up on the East Coast, particularly in Philadelphia. But in the interim, the firm had heard Jegasothy and his group were possibly available to make a move and a new Pittsburgh office was the result.
The group's departure represented a substantial defection of attorneys from an area firm and the arrival of an entirely new firm to the Pittsburgh marketplace.
Jegasothy and his group focus their practice on commercial litigation as well as products liability, toxic tort, employment, insurance coverage, antitrust, class action, construction and health care litigation.
Jegasothy, who was co-chair of the litigation group in Buchanan Ingersoll's Pittsburgh office, is now the managing partner of Gordon & Rees' Steel City location. Partners John Ebken, Marc Thirkell and Jeffrey Wilson made the move with Jegasothy along with attorneys David Morgan, William Blick and Joshua Marks.
The office has since grown from seven lawyers to 13 in less than a year.
Thomas More Marrone
Thomas More Marrone, the former head of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig's complex litigation and class action department, left the firm in April to join the Philadelphia office of Pittsburgh-based Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy.
Marrone said that while he enjoyed his time at Feldman Shepherd, he decided to join Caroselli Beachler because it provided more support for his class action and complex litigation practice.
"I've had other cases attorney malpractice, Dragonetti [Act] and other complex cases that were the extraordinary cases at Feldman Shepherd and are really the types of cases these guys [at Caroselli Beachler] are handling regularly," Marrone said at the time of his departure.