James G. McLean is a business lawyer and litigator with three decades of experience in commercial litigation and transactions related to real estate, bankruptcy and general business. Jim also has extensive bankruptcy and credit-related experience. He has represented both debtors and creditors in large business bankruptcies, and also handled a number of transactions for parties purchasing assets from companies in bankruptcy.
Jim handles a full range of business and real estate transactional and litigation matters, which in addition to general business counseling covers sales and leasing of commercial property, land use and zoning issues and contract negotiation.
Jim’s litigation experience includes contract and shareholder/owner disputes, both employment and real estate restrictive covenant cases, and a focus on real estate litigation including tax assessment cases, zoning appeals, litigation of easement and right-of-way disputes, mortgage foreclosures and mechanics lien claims.
Jim was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr. of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from 1982 – 1984. Prior to joining Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Jim was a co-founding member of Manion McDonough & Lucas, a small and prominent business and litigation firm based in Pittsburgh.
- Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1982, cum laude, Law Review; Order of the Coif
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1979
- Allegheny County Bar Association
- Member, Judiciary Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association (2005-2008)
- Member, Hearing Committee, Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board (2000-2006)
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