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Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky announced that Nicolas Sasso joined the firm as an associate in its Pittsburgh and Greensburg offices.

Sasso’s practice will concentrate primarily on estates planning and elder law.

He received the Ohio Northern Pro Bono Service Recognition award in 2011 for his pro bono service with the Legal Aid of Arkansas. In 2013, Sasso was named as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year for the 18th Judicial District of Arkansas for providing pro bono legal services to low-income clients. He also received the Legal Aid of Arkansas Pro Bono Service Award in 2017.


McAndrews Law Offices announced the opening of its Pittsburgh office to serve Western Pennsylvania in the fields of special education, educational advocacy, special needs planning, estate planning and special needs trusts.

Working full-time in education law in that office is Nancy E. Potter.

Potter served as an attorney at the Education Law Center in Pittsburgh for several years, where she worked in the field of special education and educational advocacy. Potter also worked as a staff attorney at Kids Voice in Pittsburgh, where she provided legal representation to abused, neglected and at-risk children.

Most recently, Potter served in a supervisory role at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. During that time, she was also an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Her practice includes cases in all major areas of education advocacy, with a focus on special education, Title IX and enforcing the education rights of vulnerable students.

Potter provides legal representation to students and families from early intervention through post-secondary education in the areas of special education, education civil rights, student discipline and enrollment of special populations.

She will provide training, advocacy materials and technical assistance on education law to parent and student groups, lawyers, advocates and service providers.

Elected and Appointed

David M. Duffus, partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, was appointed president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

TMA is a global nonprofit organization comprised of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals with 9,000 members in 49 chapters, including 32 in North America.

TMA members are a part of a professional community that seeks to strengthen the global economy by working to save distressed businesses, assist management to navigate off-plan events, and help healthy companies avoid similar pitfalls.

Duffus has over 25 years of experience and specializes in applying forensic accounting techniques for damage analysis and valuations.

Additionally, he provides services related to forensic investigations and frequently serves as an expert witness in federal and state court and in alternative dispute settings.