2019 “Rising Stars” List Recognizes Five Meyer, Unkovic & Scott Attorneys

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott today announced that Super Lawyers® has named five of its attorneys to the 2019 list of “Rising Stars” in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list included the following Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorneys:

  • Nicholas J. Bell (Business Litigation)
  • Antoinette C. Oliver (Business Litigation)
  • Brandon B. Rothey (Construction Litigation)
  • Gary M. Sanderson (Real Estate)
  • Tony J. Thompson (Business Litigation)

Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business rating service, evaluates outstanding lawyers across the nation using statewide surveys, independent research evaluations and peer reviews in more than 70 practice areas. The list features less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania each year. The “Rising Stars” list recognizes exceptional attorneys either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Nicholas J. Bell is an associate at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Energy & Mineral Rights groups. He routinely represents businesses from various industries, including the energy, construction, technology, and manufacturing industries.  Nick handles matters concerning oil and gas disputes, construction litigation, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, and intellectual property protection. He received his undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America and participated in the joint degree program at Duquesne University, receiving his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree.   He resides in Pittsburgh.

Antoinette C. Oliver is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and member of the firm’s Management Committee.  She is also a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation, Employment Law & Employee Benefits and Intellectual Property groups. Her practice involves representing clients in commercial disputes in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration proceedings.  She has litigated claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and insurance coverage.  She also has substantial experience in defending clients against products liability claims.  Ms. Oliver also represents clients in employment law matters, including claims involving employment discrimination, wage payments, post-employment restrictions, covenants not to compete and trade secrets. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Administrative Board of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, a collaboration of legal departments, law firms, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and the Neighborhood Legal Services Association. As coordinator of the firm’s pro bono work, Oliver manages two of the Partnership’s signature projects, the Landlord Tenant Project and the Custody Conciliation Pro Bono Project. The Pittsburgh Business Times recognized her numerous accomplishments by naming her a “2016 Fast Tracker.” In 2018, she was selected as a recipient of an Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. Oliver is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She lives in Mount Lebanon.

Brandon B. Rothey is a trial lawyer who dedicates his work to protecting owners, contractors, professionals, and their business interests. Rothey is part of the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Construction Law & Litigation groups. Rothey has tried cases to verdict before judge and jury, acting as first and second chair trial counsel, and he has briefed appeals and argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  He is a board member for Open Hand Ministries and regularly represents Indigent Tenants in hearings before the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and the Allegheny County Housing Authority. He earned his undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctor the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He lives in downtown Pittsburgh.

Gary M. Sanderson is an associate with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and focuses his practice on a wide range of business and real estate matters. He works with new and established companies to navigate complex transactions and disputes. Gary is a member of the Real Estate & Lending, Corporate & Business Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy, and International Law & Immigration Groups. His practice includes corporate counseling and acquisitions, real estate leasing and acquisition, construction/design contract drafting and negotiation, foreclosure actions, title disputes, and creditor rights representation in bankruptcy and receivership cases. Gary is active in the Allegheny County Bar Association, serving as the immediate past Chair of the Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section and is a member of the Real Property Section and Young Lawyers Division.  Gary has also served on the Coaches Committee for the 3 Rivers Venture Fair and as the Vice Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute – Pittsburgh Chapter – Young Leaders Group. Gary regularly provides volunteer and pro bono service, including with the firm’s Landlord Tenant Project.  Gary earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  He resides in Wexford with his wife and three sons.

Tony J. Thompson is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate disputes including ownership, easement and boundary disputes, and commercial evictions.  Tony provides counsel to owners, property managers, developers and retail and office tenants.  Tony also routinely assists the firm’s business clients with their development of risk avoidance policies and procedures.  When necessary, Tony brings his excellent trial skills to bear as he handles cases involving breach of contract, trade secrets, infringement and misappropriation claims, products liability defense, and other complex commercial litigation in our state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings.  Tony is a past recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division’s Young Leader Award, which is awarded to an attorney under the age of 40 who exhibits strong leadership qualities and a commitment to the promotion of equality and the advancement of justice among the African-American community.  In addition, in recognition of Tony’s dedication to the practice of law and the community, the Pittsburgh Business Times honored Thompson as a “2016 Fast Tracker.”  Tony is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.  He resides in Monroeville with his wife and son.