August 30, 2017 | Houston Harbaugh is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
Craig M. Brooks is listed for Labor Law – Management, as well as Employment Law – Individuals. A Director and chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law practice, he primarily represents management, providing advice on how to handle employee issues and actions, as well as defending or pursuing claims in court and before government agencies. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law, and a bachelor of science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied labor relations.
Gary J. Gunnett is listed for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. A Director and leader of the firm’s ERISA practice, he focuses primarily on employee benefit plans, including the design, implementation, maintenance and termination of qualified retirement plans [pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans]. He received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Westminster College.
John D. Houston, II is listed for Health Care Law. Houston is a founding member of Houston Harbaugh and has been practicing law since 1966. His practice is concentrated in the areas of healthcare, general corporate matters, and estate planning and wealth preservation. He received his law degree from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree from Haverford College.
Mary-Jo Rebelo is listed for Commercial Litigation. Rebelo is a Director in the firm’s Litigation practice and concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and employment law. She has represented manufacturers, designers, distributors, retailers, property owners, and Fortune 50 companies in matters such as breach of contract; products liability; violations of federal and state securities laws; and employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, and a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Elms College.
Deborah J. Robinson is listed for Health Care Law. Robinson is a Director and previously chair of the firm’s Health Care Law department for numerous years. She concentrates her practice in the area of healthcare, with a particular emphasis on contractual relationships between healthcare providers as well as helping practices navigate the various governmental regulatory, third party payor and compliance laws, including HIPAA. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Allegheny College.
Heidi Rai Stewart is listed for Elder Law. A Director in the firm’s Estates and Trusts practice, she assists individuals in the creation of estate plans, probate, and estate and trust administration. Her work in these areas extends to Special Needs planning and Long Term Care planning, including Elder Law. She received her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, and her bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Carlow College.
James H. Webster is listed for Public Finance Law. Webster is a Director and leader of the firm’s Public Finance practice. His work includes general obligation and municipal authority financings and industrial development revenue bond financings. He has represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Counties, School Districts, Municipalities, Authorities and Industrial Development Authorities. He received his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law, and he received a bachelor of arts degree in History from Denison University.
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