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Burns White hires three associates

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2012 — Burns White LLC recently added litigation associate Sammy Sugiura Jr. and Medicare compliance associate Ciara F. Boice to its Pittsburgh office. The Philadelphia office hired Emily P. Morales to its Workers’ Compensation Group.

Mr. Sugiura Jr.,a former assistant public defender, brings extensive courtroom experience in criminal and civil matters to his litigation practice at Burns White. While serving the Office of the Public Defender in Pittsburgh, Mr. Sugiura Jr. had complete oversight of nearly 300 cases per year, taking more than 90 jury and non-jury trials to verdict. Mr. Sugiura Jr. is a 2007 graduate of the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he received the Barrister Award in Trial Advocacy in 2005 and 2006.

An attorney and licensed registered nurse with significant general and surgical nursing experience, Ms. Boice brings a unique understanding of the health care industry to the resolution of Medicare issues that arise in workers’ compensation, general liability and Federal Employers Liability Act claims. Before joining the firm, Ms. Boice worked as a staff attorney at a privately held company, where she drafted Medicare set-asides, as well as submitted and negotiated claims to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services voluntary review program. A 2011 graduate, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, Ms. Boice founded the university’s first Health Law Society and served as its president.

Ms. Morales concentrates her practice on workers’ compensation defense in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a former lost time examiner, she determined claim compensability, medical treatment, and return-to-work strategies; presented claim history, current status, and action plan recommendations to clients; and drafted and submitted state formwork. Ms. Morales graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2010, where she received the Pro Bono Award for her work with the Clinic for Asylum Refugees and Emigrant Services, Farmworkers’ Legal Aid Clinic, and the Western North Carolina Pro Bono Outreach Project.

Posted on 2012-09-12 10:09:38
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