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Newsmaker: Thomas M. Thompson

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Thomas M. Thompson, an attorney with the Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, received the W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

Noteworthy: Thompson will receive the W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award on Nov. 12 from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Business Law Section. The award recognizes Thompson’s “extraordinary contribution to the practice of business law.”

Age: 71

Residence: Thornburg

Family: Wife, Judy, and four children

Occupation: Attorney and shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Background: A native of Albion in Erie County, Thompson joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney after law school and has practiced corporate law with the firm for his entire career. He was a legal adviser to the city of Pittsburgh during negotiations to keep the Pirates in the city and during the deal to sell the Penguins to Mario Lemieux. He is a past chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Business Law Section, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Thompson also was an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College, 1965; law degree from Harvard Law School, 1968.

Quote: “I very much admired Ed Sell. So to get an award that’s named after him, it means a lot to me because he gave a lot to the bar.”

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