Cohen & Grigsby Announces New President & CEO, Christopher Carson

PITTSBURGH – May 18, 2015 – Law firm Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. announced today that Christopher Carson, Chair of the Firm’s Strategic Talent Management Initiative, has been elected as the firm’s next president and CEO, effective January 1, 2016. Jack Elliott has served for more than 13 years as president and CEO and prior to that time, as the executive vice president. Under Mr. Elliott’s leadership, the firm has strategically grown into Pittsburgh’s fifth largest law firm with more than 130 attorneys representing many of the region’s leading public and privately held companies.

“I have been honored to lead Cohen & Grigsby and work with an incredible group of attorneys and staff,” said Mr. Elliott. “I am confident that under new leadership, the firm will continue to thrive and enjoy continued success with our business model. Chris is a proven leader with a long history of meaningful contributions to the management of the firm and the development of significant client relationships. His role as the firm’s strategic talent management chair, along with his past role as head of our business services practice group, will make for a seamless and stable transition.”

Chris Carson has more than 30 years of experience serving as a trusted legal counsel and strategic business advisor to a diverse client base. He has worked with clients that range from publicly traded global Fortune 500 companies to privately held entities. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and strategic joint venture transactions, and Chris has particular expertise with companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemicals, and energy industries. He also is a strong supporter of, and has held leadership positions with, several of the world-renowned cultural and artistic institutions in our community.

Mr. Elliott will begin transitioning his role to Mr. Carson while serving as the General Counsel of Giant Eagle, Inc. He will return his focus to the practice of law and also continue to work with the firm in a strategic and leadership capacity. Giant Eagle, Inc. is a supermarket retailer in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland and one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

“On behalf of the firm, I would like to thank Jack for his tremendous leadership, particularly through periods of change and our robust and steady growth,” said Mr. Charles C. Cohen, co-founder of the firm. “We admire and appreciate his hard work and dedication to the management of the firm.”

Known for its commitment to excellence and A Culture of Performance®, Cohen & Grigsby attorneys frequently receive industry accolades, including rankings on Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers annual lists. Cohen & Grigsby was also the only Pittsburgh firm named to Vault’s Top 150 under 150 list, which ranks the best small and midsized firms nationwide with 150 or fewer attorneys. The firm was one of two selected in Naples, Florida.

Additionally, Cohen & Grigsby is a proud supporter of the arts. When Cohen & Grigsby re-established its Pittsburgh headquarters in the city’s Cultural District, the firm made a tangible commitment to the arts community. In addition to partnering with cultural and arts organizations, the firm houses an art gallery in its offices at EQT Plaza (625 Liberty Avenue), which has become a dedicated space for local artists to showcase their work to the public.

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