James W. Ummer

James Ummer

Title: Of Counsel
Company: Rothman Gordon PC
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

James Ummer, Of Counsel at Rothman Gordon PC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal profession.

In preparation for his career, Mr. Ummer began his higher education at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1967. He continued his academic pursuits at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1972, and was admitted to practice law by the Pennsylvania State Bar Association in 1972. Mr. Ummer began his career as a trust officer at the Pittsburgh National Bank, and in 1975, he accepted the positions of a tax attorney and a shareholder of the Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation, with which he remained until 1992.

From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Ummer worked as a principal of Hirtle, Callaghan & Company, and was subsequently active as a shareholder of Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir until 1999. In 2000, he was recruited as a partner at Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, and from 2003 to 2012 he served as a partner at Rothman Gordon PC. In 2007, he was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Laws from his alma mater, Thiel College. Currently, Mr. Ummer works of counsel for Rothman Gordon PC, a role he has held since 2012.

In addition to his primary professional pursuits, Mr. Ummer was a member of the planned giving board at the Pennsylvania State University from 2003 to 2016. He was a trustee of his alma mater Thiel College from 1980 to 1994, and served on the board of visitors at the Duke Divinity School in Duke University in 1999. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1987, and maintains his affiliation with numerous organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. Mr. Ummer is a fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel, a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ummer became involved in his profession because he wanted to have an opportunity to do good for people who were creating jobs and opportunities for others. He considers the highlight of his career to have been the transactions and deals he facilitated as a lawyer. Mr. Ummer recalls helping a man build a luxury dinner cruise yacht line in New York City, figuring out how to structure and finance the enterprise. Throughout his professional pursuits, he credits numerous mentors and inspirations, including James Harlan, K. Sidney Newman, Jack G. Armstrong, Robert F. Patton and John Connelly. Mr. Ummer currently specializes in tax, finance, estate planning and business planning, and he plans to continue to work in business consulting in the coming years.

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