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The Many Great Roles of Laura Ellsworth

The commercial litigator and partner-in-charge at Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office has created a second career as a social entrepreneur

Years before Laura Ellsworth became one of the country’s top commercial litigators and partner-in-charge at Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office, she was offered the role of rich girl Nina Cortlandt on the legendary daytime soap opera All My Children. Then a senior history major at Princeton and a fixture of the school’s vibrant theater scene, Ellsworth was spotted by a New York talent agent, who asked her to read for the part. An unexpected but thrilling job offer quickly followed, and she …

Keeping the Family in Family Law

Candice Komar guides clients through divorces that preserve family relationships and bank accounts

Richard Mongiovi will always remember Aug. 8, 2006, the day his old life ended. It was a warm, sunny afternoon in suburban Pittsburgh. He parked his Chevrolet Tahoe in the driveway of the four-bedroom home he’d built 14 years earlier, loaded it with clothes, and then drove away from an unhappy 23-year marriage.  “It was the hardest decision I’d ever made in my life,” Mongiovi recalls about his decision to get a divorce. There was a lot at stake. He and his then-wife had three …

There and Back Again

Employment lawyer Martha Hartle Munsch’s journey from the courtroom to the classroom and back

In March 1986, Martha Hartle Munsch was hard at work preparing for her first-ever jury trial and ready to deliver more than just a persuasive opening argument. She was also nearly eight months pregnant. The then-junior partner at Reed Smith was defending Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania (now Verizon) and six of its employees in a suit filed by a former sales executive who had been terminated for violating the company’s sexual harassment policy. “I’m waddling around the courtroom,” …

The Debt Doctor

Pittsburgh’s Matt Herron restores his clients to financial and emotional health

One morning 15 years ago, Patricia Thompson’s apartment went up in flames. As did her finances. It was Matt Herron who helped put out the fire. Herron, managing attorney of The Debt Doctors, a downtown Pittsburgh firm that specializes in consumer bankruptcy, lives to provide lifelines to clients deep in debt. “The people I see every day are just like you and me,” he says. “All they need is an opportunity to turn their lives around.” Thompson, single mother of two, didn’t have …

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