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Buchanan Ingersoll Adds Business & IP Litigation Team in San Diego: New Shareholder to Head Office and California Litigation Practice.

SAN DIEGO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Buchanan Ingersoll LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two shareholders to its San Diego office. Shareholder Daniel Pascucci, a business litigator who obtained the first published decision in the U.S. applying critical entry barrier provisions of the Telecommunications Act to wireless carriers, will serve as head of the San Diego office and will also lead the firm's California litigation practice. Andrew Skale, also a shareholder, is a patent litigator with a stable of trademark and patent prosecution cases, and brings to the firm his experience handling business litigation matters. Both he and Pascucci have strong backgrounds in the telecommunications industry. Another of the groups' successes includes securing a landmark published federal court decision enabling telecommunications providers to recover civil rights damages against government agencies that enact regulations to unlawfully delay deployment of wireless networks.

The firm is expecting additional associates and other professionals to join Pascucci and Skale in the coming days and weeks.

"The arrival of Dan and Andrew builds on our national litigation and intellectual property practices, adding not only experience in telecommunications but also allowing us to better serve our West Coast clients," Buchanan Ingersoll CEO Thomas L. VanKirk said.

According to Francis A. Muracca, II, the firm's COO, this move was a strategic one for Buchanan Ingersoll: "We are very committed to the San Diego market and have been pursuing for some time the right team of attorneys to join our firm. Dan and Andrew fit the bill perfectly. And, this addition marks the fourth group we've recruited already this year, with other teams joining us in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York."

Pascucci and Skale cite numerous reasons for the move to Buchanan Ingersoll, including the firm's strong trial reputation. Pascucci also said that "this was a unique opportunity to join a firm that has proven its commitment to San Diego, and provides us the chance to design, build and grow an office made up of very talented lawyers in this market."

About Pascucci

Daniel T. Pascucci is a shareholder in the San Diego office of Buchanan Ingersoll LLP. He is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Section and focuses his practice in the areas of complex business litigation, unfair competition, telecommunications and intellectual property.

Some of Pascucci's representative matters include representing major telecommunications companies in state and federal courts and; obtaining the first published decision in the United States applying entry barriers provisions of the Telecommunications Act to wireless carriers; supervising responsibility for multiple complex patent, trademark and trade secret litigation cases; and defending complex class actions and private attorney general actions.

About Skale

Andrew D. Skale is a shareholder in the San Diego office of Buchanan Ingersoll LLP, and is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Section. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark prosecution, complex litigation, including unfair business practices, and intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. His experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications includes assisting inventors in the fields of electronics, the Internet, business methods, software and the mechanical arts.

Some of his recent representations include supervising three litigations in state and federal court for a multimillion-dollar company; managing a litigation team that obtained a $60 million settlement for a multibillion- dollar company; representing a client in a multibillion-dollar antitrust litigation; and representing a large wireless telecommunications company.

About the Firm

Buchanan Ingersoll (http://www.buchananingersoll.com/) is one of the 120 largest law firms in the United States. The firm's principal offices are in the cities of San Diego, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Princeton, Harrisburg and Wilmington.

CONTACT: Lori K. Lecker, Director of Communications & Public Relations of Buchanan Ingersoll LLP, +1-800-444-6738, ext. 3929, or leckerlk@bipc.com

Web site: http://www.buchananingersoll.com/
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