Forsberg, Habursky, Henry, Pisanelli and Thompson Join Babst Calland’s Title and Energy & Natural Resources Groups
November 25, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 25, 2013 – Holly M. Forsberg, Nicholas J. Habursky, Jessica L. Henry, Holly A. Pisanelli and Natalie L. Thompson have recently joined the Title and Energy & Natural Resources groups of law firm Babst Calland as associates.

Holly M. Forsberg, a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to gas title issues and opinions.

Nicholas J. Habursky, a 2012 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, counsels various energy, oil and gas, and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to oil and gas title issues and opinions.

Jessica L. Henry, a 2012 graduate of The University of Dayton School of Law, concentrates her practice in the areas of oil, gas and mineral matters including oil and gas title opinions and title examination.

Holly A. Pisanelli, a 2012 graduate of John Marshall Law School, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions.

Natalie L. Thompson, a 2012 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, focuses her practice primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative and oil and gas title opinions.

Boucaud-Robinson, Beer and Lockwood Join Babst Calland’s Title and Energy & Natural Resources Groups
October 28, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA, October 28, 2013 – Safiya Boucaud-Robinson, Kristina M. Beer and Joseph A. Lockwood III have recently joined the Title and Energy & Natural Resources Groups of law firm Babst Calland.

Safiya Boucaud-Robinson, a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, focuses her practice primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, and due diligence.

Kristina M. Beer, a 2012 graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions.

Joseph A. Lockwood III, a 2012 graduate of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, counsels various energy, oil and gas, and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to oil and gas title issues and opinions.

Calland Named International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers for Fourth Straight Year
October 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH , PA – October 4, 2013 – Dean A. Calland, a founding shareholder of law firm Babst Calland, has been named an International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyer in 2013. Mr. Calland’s international practice consists primarily of complex acquisitions and divestitures for multi-national chemical and manufacturing clients.

Who’s Who Legal, as the official research partner of the International Bar Association and the strategic research partner of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, selects nominees based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed, and it is impossible to buy entry into this publication.

Mark Dausch Selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a “2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track”
October 2, 2013

PITTSBURGH , PA – October 2, 2013 – Mark K. Dausch, an attorney at law firm Babst Calland, was selected by The Legal Intelligencer as one of only 38 “2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track” in Pennsylvania. A 2007 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, Mr. Dausch focuses his practice in the areas of commercial, products liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation. A sizeable portion of his litigation practice has involved defending clients in the natural resources and mining industry.

As lead trial counsel, Mr. Dausch has tried bench and jury trials to verdict and has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums and before government agencies.

With the help of The Legal Intelligencer’s legal staff, a group of eight evaluation panelists from across the Commonwealth have selected from many nominations these 38 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” who not only excel as lawyers, but also serve as exemplary members of their communities and their profession. This recognition is only given to attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in four categories: development of the law; advocacy and community contributions; service to the bar; and peer and public recognition.

Babst Calland Adds Associates to the Energy & Natural Resources, Title, Environmental and Litigation Groups
August 13, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 13, 2013 – The following attorneys have recently joined the law firm of Babst Calland: Meredith L. Calfe, Sarah M. Carter, Morgan H. Condra, Brian M. John, Jeffrey J. Junstrom, James W. Kane, Meghan H. Libman, Joseph P. McCune, Elena L. Pollock and Brittany A. Roof as associates in the Title and Energy & Natural Resources Groups; Abigail Faulkner Jones as an associate in the Environmental Services Group; and Owen J. McGrann as an associate in the Litigation Services Group.

Meredith L. Calfe, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joins the firm from MW Garry & Associates. She counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions.

Sarah M. Carter, a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joins the firm from Sadler Law Firm LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions and due diligence.

Morgan H. Condra, a 2009 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to gas title issues and opinions.

Brian M. John, a 2010 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, joins the firm from Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to title issues, opinions and division orders.

Abigail Faulkner Jones, a 2011 graduate of Duke University School of Law assists clients on a wide variety of environmental matters.

Jeffrey J. Junstrom, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joins the firm from Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. He specializes in title-related matters for coal and natural gas exploration and production companies. Mr. Junstrom has spent a significant amount of time on the company-side of the industry and now counsels multiple energy clients on complex issues relating to real estate and marketable title.

James W. Kane, a 2009 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, joins the firm from Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. His practice focuses on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters including title examination and analysis, title curative and due diligence.

Meghan H. Libman, a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to gas title issues and opinions.

Joseph P. McCune, a 2011 graduate of the University of Notre Dame School, joins the firm from Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions.

Owen J. McGrann, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joins the firm from Tucker Arensberg, P.C. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, trade secret and non-compete litigation, and general litigation matters

Elena L. Pollock, a 2009 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, joins the firm from Bonya Gazza & DeGory, LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas, and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, and due diligence.

Brittany A. Roof, a 2011 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, joins the firm from Sadler Law Firm LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas, and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, and due diligence.

The Babst Calland Report: Perspectives on Natural Gas Development – Recent Activities and Expected Trends, Vol. III, Spring 2013
May 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH, May 7, 2013 – The law firm of Babst Calland today released its third annual energy industry report called, “The Babst Calland Report: Perspectives on Natural Gas Development – Recent Activities and Expected Trends, Vol. III, Spring 2013.” This annual review of natural gas development activity includes perspectives on energy and natural resources law related primarily to the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

Commenting on this year’s Report, Joseph K. Reinhart, Shareholder and Chairman of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “This Report reflects our approach to providing clients with perspective and insights on key environmental and regulatory initiatives taking place in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. With all of the shale development and regulation underway, this is a very dynamic time for the energy and natural gas industry in the Appalachian Basin.”

The 84-page report reflects the perspectives of Babst Calland’s multi-disciplinary team of energy attorneys. It contains 12 subject matter sections including environmental and land use updates, and perspectives on title services, transactions, litigation and pipeline safety.

To order a complete copy of the Report, click here.

To stay on top of shale energy development updates, articles, news and regulatory information, visit and subscribe to Babst Calland’s Shale Energy Law Blog at shaleenergylawblog.com.

Courtesy: KDKA-TV/Pittsburgh ‘Sunday Business Page– Shareholder Joseph K. Reinhart, provides legal perspective on the region’s natural gas development.

Lawrence E. Moore Joins Babst Calland as Director, Government Relations
March 18, 2013

PITTSBURGH, March 18, 2013 – Lawrence E. Moore has joined the law firm of Babst Calland as Director, Government Relations. Mr. Moore will be a member of the Firm’s Public Sector Services and Energy & Natural Resources Groups. He comes to Babst Calland from the private and public sector, with a background in municipal planning and project management experience.

Previously Mr. Moore spent nearly a decade with Butler Health System (System) serving most recently as its Manager of Facilities and Property Planning. In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day facilities oversight of all new construction and renovation projects as well as serving as the lease coordinator for owned and leased System properties. His public sector experience includes having served as the Land Use Administrator/Zoning Officer for Hampton Township (Allegheny County) and Penn Township (Butler County). As a Community Planner for Olsen and Associates, he was responsible for conducting public meetings and workshops for municipal clients for Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance updates. Additionally, he authored municipal Zoning and Subdivision/Land Development Ordinances as well as Comprehensive Plans to ensure compliance with the Municipalities Planning Code for municipal clients.

Mr. Moore received his B.A. in Journalism in 1988, his Paralegal Certification in 2002 and his M.S. in Community Leadership in 2008 from Duquesne University. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Pennsylvania Planning Association, the American Bar Association (associate member) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineers.

Bytner to Provide Webinar on Storage Tank Compliance
January 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH, January 15, 2013 – Management of an underground and/or aboveground storage tank compliance program can be challenging and arduous. However, these critical and necessary steps ensure that small problems don’t lead to accidental releases and spills, impact water supplies, and create significant financial hardship for your company.

As a refresher course in underground and aboveground storage tank compliance, environmental attorney Timothy Bytner will provide a webinar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The webinar, Basics in Complying with Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks, will occur on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Details of the webinar include:

  • A brief overview of the applicable underground and aboveground storage tank laws and regulations that impact companies
  • A review of the new 2012 underground storage tank operator requirements
  • Recordkeeping and documentation records that tank operators are responsible for maintaining – examples of required records include corrosion expert’s analysis, tank upgrade reports, and more
  • Monitoring and inspection requirements
  • Corrective action steps to follow should you think a tank is leaking

Mr. Bytner will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants. The webinar fee is $25 per company and registration is required. Companies are invited to include up to 10 attendees with one registration fee. The webinar qualifies for one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists from the PA Registration Board.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited. Reserve your company’s webinar seats now at: www.PAChamber.org/conf.

Babst Calland Names Veltri Shareholder
January 2, 2013

PITTSBURGH, January 2, 2013 – Babst Calland, Pennsylvania’s fastest growing law firm, recently named Peter J. Veltri a shareholder in the firm.

Mr. Veltri is a member of the firm’s Business Services and Energy & Natural Resource groups. Mr. Veltri has a significant amount of experience in representing the coal and natural gas industries in a wide variety of commercial matters. His practice areas include representing clients in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and real estate agreements, and advising clients with respect to business planning and structuring.

Mr. Veltri is a 2005 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.

He has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming lawyers, according to an annual survey published in Philadelphia magazine.