By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis has hired Robert J. Cindrich as counsel in its Pittsburgh office. The former U.S. attorney, judge and chief legal officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is joining the firm from a health care consulting company he created in 2010. Along with his role at Schnader Harrison, Cindrich will maintain his duties as president of Cindrich Consulting.
Cindrich will work in Schnader Harrison’s business services and litigation departments, the firm said. “We are honored that Judge Cindrich has joined us. His experience as a litigator, judge and counsel for one of Pittsburgh’s leading health enterprises will be an invaluable addition to Schnader and our clients," Schnader Harrison Chairman David Smith said in a statement.
Cindrich opened his own health care consulting company, Cindrich Consulting, in 2010 after serving as senior adviser to the president, senior vice president and chief legal officer of UPMC, beginning in 2004. In those roles, Cindrich advised UPMC's senior management and board of directors on key corporate governance, strategic business issues and biosecurity initiatives.
Prior to joining UPMC, Cindrich served on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania beginning in 1994.
“I am thrilled – after a nearly 20-year hiatus – to begin practicing law again with Bob, whose advice, counsel and friendship means so much to me,” said Schnader Harrison’s Paul H. Titus of his former law practice partner.
Prior to being named to the bench, Cindrich served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission from 1992 to 1993. He was the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1981 and an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County from 1970 to 1972. While in private practice, he served as defense counsel in business and commercial litigation.