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Pizzo & Haman Joins LeClairRyan; Adds Innovative Workers Compensation Practice and Bolsters Firm-Wide Corporate Practice


LeClairRyan has announced another expansion with the addition of 23 workers compensation and corporate professionals nationwide through a combination with law firm Pizzo & Haman.

Joining the national law firm as shareholders are Christopher L. Pizzo and Benjamin “Clark” Haman. The team also includes nine senior counsel, three counsel and nine legal support professionals.

The team has deep experience in a broad range of corporate matters, as well as in the management, design and implementation of national counsel programs for carriers and third-party administrators (TPAs), including a specialty in the supervision of high-volume workers compensation claims.

“Pizzo & Haman’s innovative approach to closely working with carriers and TPAs in the delivery of legal services creates a more effective, predictive and valuable service delivery model relative to how most law firms service this practice area,” said Elizabeth K. Acee, leader of LeClairRyan’s Litigation Department. “I am looking forward to helping them continue to grow their already robust practices and expanding their inventive service delivery model to other areas of the firm.”

Pizzo and Haman serve as national coordinating counsel for multiple insurance carriers and TPAs while providing operational, regulatory, and corporate compliance consultation for claims administrators, managing general agencies and insurance carriers.

Additionally, in his corporate practice, Pizzo serves as counsel to clients in diverse industries such as private equity, employee staffing, managed care, IT services and insurance, advising them on operations, growth, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, litigation and risk management matters. His corporate experience also includes the structuring and negotiation of significant debt and equity financing transactions and the resolution of diverse employment-related matters across the country.

“LeClairRyan is a great fit for us,” said Pizzo. “Being a part of a full-service, national firm allows us to not only continue to provide efficient and effective service to our clients, but also to grow and enhance our practice across the country. We are excited to be a part of the LeClairRyan team.”

Haman, whose background also includes extensive experience in civil litigation and liability defense in California, focuses his practice on the defense of employers, carriers and third party administrators in workers’ compensation matters.

“Chris, Clark and all of the members of the team are very talented, client service-minded lawyers who add substantial depth to our firm in their practices, as well as contributing their insight into the development and execution of innovative client service solutions, which we believe are imperative to the success of our clients today,” said C. Erik Gustafson, the firm’s chief executive officer. “I am pleased to welcome them to LeClairRyan.”