Firm Founder Ed Abes Retires

As of January 1, 2020, founder and partner Ed Abes has retired after a more than 50-year career practicing law.

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University and Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Ed began his career working for the State Workers’ Insurance Fund as a Special Assistant Attorney General. In 1978, he decided to use his knowledge and experience of Workers’ Compensation to establish a law firm dedicated to fighting for injured workers.

Not long after opening the doors at Abes Baumann, Ed began representing injured professional athletes as a member of the Workers’ Compensation Panels of the National Football League Players Association, the National Hockey League Players Association, and the Professional Hockey Players Association. The Major League Baseball Players Association also recommends Abes Baumann to their injured players.

In addition to practicing law full-time, Ed has volunteered his time on a number of boards and committees including chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Liaison Committee, which facilitates communication among the judges, administrators, and attorneys of the Workers’ Compensation judicial system. Ed is past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and past treasurer of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Ed has won numerous industry awards and accolades during his career. In 2011, Ed was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance. Super Lawyers Magazine has listed him as one of the top 5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2004 and also as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh. He has been recognized continuously since 2004 by Best Lawyers in America as one of Pittsburgh’s Best Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

On behalf of the entire firm at Abes Baumann, we thank Ed for his years of leadership, mentoring and friendship. We wish him all the best in his retirement.

Ed Abes, Tom Baumann, and Doug Williams named to both Best Lawyers in America and SuperLawyers Lists

As this year comes to a close we want to highlight our attorneys for being recognized as top in our field. 

Best Lawyers has been regarded as one of the most credible measures of legal integrity and distinction in the country for more than 30 years. It truly symbolizes excellence in the practice. 

Ed Abes, Tom Baumann, and Doug Williams were again recognized by Best Lawyers in America this year for their work. Ed has been named every year since 1995, Tom every year since 2005 and Doug since 2009. All were recognized in the practice area of Workers’ Compensation Law — Claimants. 

Inclusion on this list is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 8.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. 

In addition to being named Best Lawyers, all three were also named SuperLawyers in Pennsylvania, only about five percent of lawyers receive this designation. 

The entire team at Abes Baumann salutes Ed, Tom, and Doug for these well-deserved recognitions.

The Team at Abes Baumann congratulates Tom Baumann for being selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Attorneys

This award identifies and highlights the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in Pennsylvania receive this honor!

America’s Top 100 Attorneys members are chosen by criteria including an attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results and/or verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other notable honors, media notoriety, and community impact, among many other proprietary factors. This helps ensure that only the most skilled and exceptional attorneys in the community are selected for membership.

Those of us who are privileged to work alongside Tom know that this honor is highly deserved.

Tom, fellow partner Ed Abes and attorney Doug Williams have all been previously named to the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists in numerous years past.

We’re proud to announce a major award for one of our partners

Everyone at Abes Baumann congratulates Ed Abes on being inducted as a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at their twelfth annual induction dinner on March 3, 2018 in Nashville.

Ed joins his partner Tom Baumann as a fellow, an honor which has been established to recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation. Members have been nominated for the outstanding traits they’ve developed in their practice of twenty years or more. Even more, they’ve convinced their peers, the bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.

Additionally, fellows stand out to newer attorneys as a model of professionalism in deportment and advocacy; displays civility; is a student of the law and has a thirst for knowledge in all areas of the law that affects how they represent their Workers’ Compensation clients.

Those of us who are privileged to watch Ed’s day-to-day commitment to representing injured workers know this honor is highly deserved.

Ed and fellow partner Tom Baumann were named to the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists this year and in numerous years past. Through hard work and dedication to their clients, Ed and Tom have set the example for the attorneys and staff at Abes Baumann.

Abes Baumann Attorneys Recognized by Peers

Edward J. Abes, Thomas C. Baumann, and Douglas A. Williams have been recognized again as Super Lawyers by their peers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Tom has been named as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Pittsburgh. This is Tom’s seventh consecutive appearance on the Top 50 list.

Congratulations to Ed, Tom, and Doug for being named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in Workers Compensation.


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