Cohen & Grigsby Attorneys Certified as Business Bankruptcy Specialists by American Board of Certification

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 6, 2011 – Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Bonita Springs, FL, is pleased to announce that attorney Thomas D. Maxson was recently certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification (ABC), a specialty certification organization sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. At the same time, attorney William E. Kelleher, Jr., who was first certified in 1996, has received his recertification, which is required every five years.

“On behalf of the firm, I am proud to congratulate Tom and Bill for devoting time to the arduous task of ABC certification,” said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. “The successful operation of the bankruptcy system depends on the involvement of attorneys with specialized knowledge, and the certification process provides a meaningful and objective measure of their skill and expertise in the bankruptcy field.”


ABC provides a public service by enabling potential clients to choose highly qualified bankruptcy and creditors’ rights counsel. ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive for excellence and recognizes those who have met the rigorous ABC standards. Attorneys must undergo a recertification process every five years.


Maxson is a director in the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation Practice Groups, representing clients in various aspects of commercial law. His practice includes secured lending transactions, bankruptcy, preference and fraudulent transfer actions, mortgage foreclosures, enforcement of judgments, contract litigation, collection matters, commercial lien disputes, and general corporate transactions.


Maxson is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. He is admitted to practice before the U. S. Courts of Appeal for the Third and Sixth Circuits; The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as the U. S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Western District of Michigan. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana University at Bloomington.


Kelleher chairs the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group, which concentrates on all aspects of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, financing transactions and commercial law, as well as litigation. Kelleher earned his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law and his B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is admitted to practice before multiple courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits; the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and the U.S. District Courts in the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. Kelleher is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association and is a past Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. He is a Master in the Western Pennsylvania Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He is listed by The Best Lawyers in America® in Bankruptcy and Creditor – Debtor Rights Law, and also has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine.


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