CHARLESTON – Bailey & Glasser LLP is pleased to announce that the following four attorneys have been elected partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2015: Jeffrey Baron, Michael Hissam, Patricia Kipnis and Robert Lorea.

Baron is a partner in the firm’s Springfield, Ill., office. Jeff focuses his practice in commercial litigation involving energy-related matters and business disputes. Jeff has represented individuals and corporations through all stages of the litigation process and has successfully handled trials, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and appeals in a variety of areas, including energy and natural resources, construction, real estate, and business litigation. Jeff also advises clients on transactional and regulatory matters affecting their businesses, and represented individuals and corporations in class action litigation. Before joining the firm in 2009, Jeff was an attorney with Husch Blackwell LLP, in St. Louis, where he concentrated his practice in commercial litigation involving securities, construction, and real estate litigation. Jeff received his B.A. from University of Missouri, St. Louis, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude.

Hissam is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office. Mike joined the Charleston office in 2012 after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. As a federal prosecutor, Mike focused on white-collar and public corruption investigations. In addition, he worked on the criminal investigation of a large coal mining accident, leading to the largest corporate resolution of a mining case in history. Before serving as a prosecutor, Mike was a law clerk to Judge Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Mike graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mike then graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Following law school, Mike practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, focusing on labor and employment, white-collar criminal defense, and government contracts litigation.

Patricia Kipnis is a partner in the firm’s Haddonfield, N.J., office. Trish concentrates her practice on complex litigation and appellate advocacy, including mass torts, consumer rights litigation, class actions and contract disputes. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Swarthmore College in 1997; a Master’s of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 1999; and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003. Trish was a law clerk to Judge Anita B. Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the 2003-04 term. Following her clerkship, Trish practiced law at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, focusing on pharmaceutical products liability defense. She joined Bailey & Glasser LLP in 2009. Trish was an adjunct professor of legal analysis, writing and research at Rutgers School of Law – Camden for the 2011-2012 academic year and is an active volunteer on behalf of abused and neglected children referred to the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia.

Lorea is a partner in the firm’s Charleston office. Bob is an experienced trial attorney, whose practice is focused on cases involving serious injury and death, product liability cases, and other complex litigation matters. Bob is one of several of the firm’s attorneys pursuing class action and catastrophic injury claims against Toyota Motor Company and other manufacturers, and has successfully litigated sexual abuse cases against the Kanawha County Board of Education.  Entering his second decade of practice, Bob's approach to litigation is informed by a significant portion of his legal career which he spent defending a major automaker. Bob received his B.A. from West Virginia Institute of Technology and his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.

Founded in 1999, Bailey & Glasser has grown to include nearly 50 lawyers, with offices in seven states and the District of Columbia.

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