March 2017

Anthony R. Burgess Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 20, 2017 – Anthony R. Burgess recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Energy & Natural Resources Group. Mr. Burgess focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, oil and gas title opinions, and due diligence. A 2008 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, he previously worked as an associate in the energy practice group at a Pittsburgh law firm where he focused primarily on oil and gas title opinions and due diligence matters in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Katrina N. Bowers Joins Babst Calland

CHARLESTON, WV, March 16, 2017 –  Katrina N. Bowers recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources and Litigation groups. Ms. Bowers’ practice focuses primarily on representing oil, gas and coal companies in litigation concerning a variety of matters. She also advises clients regarding safety, health, and environmental regulations.

Ms. Bowers remains actively involved in the Defense Research Institute and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, where she has chaired the Safety and Health and Energy committees since 2013. She was also recognized as the 2016 Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Young Lawyer of the Year.

A 2013 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, she previously served on the Moot Court Board and as president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia’s Student Society.

Commenting on her move to the Firm, Steven Green, managing shareholder of Babst Calland’s Charleston office, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Katrina Bowers to our Firm and to our established legal team in Charleston. As a litigator who focuses on energy-related law, she is a natural fit for us in serving the needs of existing and new clients in our region.”

February 2017

Christopher Capcara and Drew Mattern Join Babst Calland 

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 24, 2017 – Christopher W. Capcara and Drew F. Mattern recently joined law firm Babst Calland as associates in the Firm’s Mineral Title Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups.  They counsel various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Capcara is a 2010 graduate, cum laude, of the Duquesne University School of Law, and Mr. Mattern is a 2012 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law.

Babst Calland named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations”

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 24, 2017 – Babst Calland has been named to this year’s Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 Organizations” list and profiled in its February 24th Special Edition. Nominations were taken throughout the publication’s 24-county coverage area, and the final honorees were businesses that achieved a level of excellence and had a positive impact on the region in 2016.

Megan Mariani and Bridget Ferris Join Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 3, 2017 – Megan A. Mariani, associate, and Bridget T. Ferris, associate, recently joined law firm Babst Calland’s Energy & Natural Resources Group.

Ms. Mariani focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to oil and gas title issues, opinions, and due diligence. A 2009 graduate, magna cum laude, of the Duquesne University School of Law, she previously worked as an associate in the energy practice group at a Pittsburgh law firm where she counseled energy clients on various transactional matters relating to acquisition and development of oil and gas assets.

Ms. Ferris counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to oil and gas title issues and opinions. A 2008 graduate of the Florida Coastal School of Law, she previously worked as an oil and gas title attorney for a small Washington County law firm.

January 2017

Elizabeth A. Dupuis named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People”

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 27, 2017 – Elizabeth A. Dupuis has been named to this year’s Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 People” list and profiled in its January 27th Signature Top 100 issue. Nominations were taken throughout the publication’s 24-county coverage area, and the final honorees were selected by a special selection committee for their professional and community contributions.

Babst Calland Names Molly Meacham and Peter Schnore Shareholders

PITTSBURGH, January 3, 2016 – Babst Calland recently named Molly E. Meacham and Peter H. Schnore shareholders in the Firm.

Molly E. Meacham, a member of the Firm’s Litigation, Employment and Labor and Energy and Natural Resources groups, focuses her practice on commercial litigation and representing employers in labor and employment disputes. In her commercial litigation practice, she represents clients in a broad range of business-related litigation including contract disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, toxic tort claims, and premises liability claims. In her labor and employment practice, Ms. Meacham defends employers in claims arising under Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and the Labor Management Relations Act.

Ms. Meacham is a 2006 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Peter H. Schnore, a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Commercial Group, concentrates his practice in real estate-related matters, including real estate tax-assessment appeals, eminent domain proceedings, land use, zoning, quiet title actions, and negotiating real estate leases and related agreements.

One area of particular concentration in Mr. Schnore’s practice is real property tax assessment appeals. He represents commercial and industrial property owners before county boards of assessment appeals and courts throughout Pennsylvania who are either seeking a real property tax exemption or a reduction in their tax obligations. Mr. Schnore has also represented numerous clients faced with defending the assessed value from a challenge brought by a local taxing authority. Mr. Schnore has represented owners and lessees of a wide variety of property types including office, retail including conventional malls and lifestyle centers, restaurants, banks, hotels, multi-family including affordable housing, industrial plants, manufacturing facilities, cellular towers, landfills, vacant land, and mineral interests.

Mr. Schnore also concentrates his practice in Pennsylvania eminent domain matters, and in representing landowners and developers who seek governmental approvals needed before proceeding with a planned real estate development project. This includes obtaining changes to zoning ordinances when necessary to meet the client’s goals in high-stakes and sometimes controversial land development projects. Mr. Schnore counsels clients from the Firm’s Pittsburgh and State College offices on real estate matters.

Mr. Schnore is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

December 2016

Nathan Beaudry Joins Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 29, 2016 – Nathan Beaudry recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group. Mr. Beaudry’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and drafting contracts, real estate matters and general corporate matters. A 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he previously worked for Solvaire Technologies, L.P., an affiliate of Babst Calland.

Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law Amendments: DGS Online Construction Notices Directory in Effect January 1, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA – December 1, 2016 – Babst Calland will present an informative and timely session on using the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) online “State Construction Notices Directory,” which lien claimants will be required to use on all construction projects greater than $1.5 million beginning January 1, 2017.

Attendees will receive hands-on training from Babst Calland construction attorneys in navigating the new online directory, as well as learn about the Mechanics’ Lien Law Amendments and how these changes will significantly impact the rights of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in filing mechanic’s lien claims. This seminar is endorsed and recommended by the following construction trade associations: Master Builders’ Association Of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Builders Exchange, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., American Subcontractors Association of Western PA, and Keystone Contractors Association.

For more information or to register click here.

November 2016

Babst Calland Ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

PITTSBURGH, PA – November 2, 2016U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in seven practice areas and regionally in 28 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. received the following rankings in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

National

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Environmental Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
Mining Law
Natural Resources Law

Metropolitan

Pittsburgh
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law – Management
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law
Labor Law – Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Municipal Law
Natural Resources Law
Water Law

Charleston-WV
Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law
Energy Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – ERISA
Mining Law
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Litigation – ERISA

Akron
Construction Law

August 2016

Babst Calland Attorneys Selected as 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” and Named to The Best Lawyers in America©  List

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 16, 2016 – Law firm Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five attorneys were selected as 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, W.Va. include:
Kevin J. Garber, Best Lawyers® 2017 Energy Law Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year”

Blaine A. Lucas, Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation – Land Use and Zoning Law Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year”

Norman E. Gilkey, Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation – Bankruptcy Law Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year”

Steven B. Silverman, Best Lawyers® 2017 Information Technology Law Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year”

Timothy M. Miller, Best Lawyers® 2017 Energy Law Charleston-WV “Lawyer of the Year”

In addition, 27 attorneys were named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, in the following practice areas:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law: Norman E. Gilkey
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation: Mark D. Shepard
  • Commercial Litigation: Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power, Mark D. Shepard, Steven B. Silverman
  • Construction Law: Kurt F. Fernsler, D. Matthew Jameson III, Richard J. Lolli
  • Corporate Law: Frank J. Clements,  Bruce F. Rudoy, Laura Stone, Ted Wesolowski
  • Employment Law – Management: Richard J. Antonelli
  • Energy Law: Kevin J. Garber, Blaine A. Lucas, Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power
  • Environmental Law: Chester R. Babst III, Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Donald C. Bluedorn II, Dean A. Calland, Kevin J. Garber, Lindsay P. Howard, David E. Northrop, Christopher B. Power, Joseph K. Reinhart, Robert M. Stonestreet, Michael H. Winek
  • Information Technology Law: Steven B. Silverman
  • Labor Law – Management: Richard J. Antonelli, John A. McCreary, Jr.
  • Land Use and Zoning Law: Blaine A. Lucas
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy: Norman E. Gilkey
  • Litigation – Construction: Kurt F. Fernsler, D. Matthew Jameson III
  • Litigation – Environmental: Chester R. Babst III, Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Donald C. Bluedorn II, Kevin J. Garber, Lindsay P. Howard, David E. Northrop, Christopher B. Power, Joseph K. Reinhart, Mark D. Shepard
  • Litigation – ERISA: Mychal Sommer Schulz
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment: Richard J. Antonelli
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning: Blaine A. Lucas, Christopher B. Power
  • Litigation – Municipal: Christopher B. Power
  • Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy): Christopher B. Power
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law: Bruce F. Rudoy
  • Mining Law: Christopher B. Power
  • Municipal Law: Blaine A. Lucas
  • Natural Resources Law: Kevin K. Douglass, Kevin J. Garber, Christopher B. Power, Joseph K. Reinhart
  • Oil and Gas Law: Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power
  • Water Law: Donald C. Bluedorn II, Kevin J. Garber

Best Lawyers® undergoes an authentication process, and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© is based solely on peer review. The list has published for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

June 2016

Babst Calland Report Emphasizes an Unprecedented Time for the Oil and Gas Industry with Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers, Midstream Operators

PITTSBURGH, June 16, 2016 – The law firm of Babst Calland today released its sixth annual energy industry report called, “The 2016 Babst Calland Report – An Unprecedented Time for the Oil & Gas Industry: Price Down, Supply Up, Reform Ahead; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators.” This annual review of energy and natural resources development activity acknowledges the continuing evolution of this industry in the face of economic, regulatory, legal and local government challenges. To request a copy of the Report, contact info@babstcalland.com.

In this Report, Babst Calland attorneys provide insights on shale development in the Appalachian Basin and beyond with a focus on issues, challenges, opportunities and recent developments relevant to producers and operators. In general, the shale industry is challenged more than ever to operate smarter through efficiencies, improvements in technology and prudent business strategies in order to protect margins and profitability. With production of natural gas in the United States reaching record highs at the beginning of this year, and with the price of gas generally at a five-year low, natural gas producers, particularly in the Appalachian Basin, face significant challenges.

The Report also highlights key business opportunities emerging, including the long-awaited announcement by Shell Chemical on June 7, 2016 that it will construct an ethane cracker plant near Monaca, Pennsylvania, a positive development for the U.S. chemical industry and for downstream business opportunities resulting from shale development.
Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “This Report underscores the many dynamics at play for the oil and gas industry, including sustained low commodity pricing, increased operating costs driven by federal and state regulation, inadequate pipeline capacity, environmental and litigation challenges, and a growing number of bankruptcies and asset transactions that have taken place during the past year.”

The 68-page Report contains six sections, each addressing key challenges for oil and gas producers and midstream operators.

  • Business Issues: Front and Center in a Tough Commodity Price Environment, such as the increasing number of transactions and operational challenges, an update of developments in the law regarding ownership of mineral estates, and the validity and interpretation of oil and gas leases, the rights of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and the opportunities and risks of acquiring assets from bankruptcy debtors. According to industry sources, 70 North American oil and gas exploration and production companies filed for bankruptcy protection since the beginning of 2015. The insolvency of some production companies is likely to present good opportunities for new players to enter the market. Also, the industry continues to confront workforce issues in the areas of employee health and safety, wage and hour regulation, and employee classification.
  • Pipeline Safety Developments noted in this Report focus on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline safety program. On April 8, 2016, PHMSA issued a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking asserting new safety and regulatory requirements for energy operators in response to congressional mandates. More than four years in the making and published against the backdrop of dramatic changes in the natural gas industry, the comment period for these proposed rules is scheduled to end in July. Early in 2016, Babst Calland opened an office in Washington, D.C. where its national pipeline safety practice is led by three Former PHMSA attorneys. 
  • State and Federal Governments Revise, Expand Environmental Regulatory Requirements including the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board’s anticipated Chapter 78 and Chapter 78a regulations that remain the focal points of an increasingly stringent regulatory landscape for the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania. Also, during the past year, significant changes have been made or proposed to federal and state environmental protection standards concerning air, water, and waste management that will affect significant aspects of production and midstream operations.
  • Local Government Regulation continues to increase throughout the Appalachian Basin. Municipalities in Pennsylvania continued to take advantage of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s invalidation of Act 13’s statewide zoning limitations by enacting more expansive stringent local oil and gas development regulations in 2015. In West Virginia, industry prevailed in a significant federal court case ruling on June 10, 2016, that an ordinance enacted by the county commission preventing the disposal of oil and gas wastewater through underground injection, is preempted by state and federal law and therefore unenforceable. In Ohio, courts continued to restrain local government regulation of oil and gas production.
  • Energy Litigation Developments are more important than ever given the unprecedented economic challenges facing the industry. While Pennsylvania and Ohio have seen a plateau in new suits being filed claiming nuisance and contamination from gas development activities, West Virginia has seen an increase in the number of nuisance suits filed against both upstream and midstream companies. Issues around lease interpretations, forced pooling, and pending royalty cases remain active in the Appalachian Basin. Pipeline construction projects present significant potential exposure in high-stakes construction disputes between project owners, contractors, and suppliers.
  • Looking Forward – Our Perspective anticipates that cost control and operational efficiency are likely to remain critical to upstream success in the near term given significant gas reserves in the Appalachian Basin and a significant inventory of gas in storage across the U.S. Pipeline build-out is critical to the Appalachian Basin while downstream opportunities emerge in electricity generation, manufacturing and ethylene production, including the recent announcement of the development of the ethane cracker plant near Monaca, PA, with others under consideration in Ohio and West Virginia.

As market conditions evolve for the oil and gas industry in the Appalachia Basin and throughout the United States, Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group continues to stay abreast of the many current legal and regulatory challenges facing producers and midstream operators.

Note to Media: Attorney Joseph Reinhart, Co-Chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and other attorneys in the Firm are available to comment on this report.

The Babst Calland Report is provided for informational purposes to our clients and friends, and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

To stay on top of these developments, periodic update articles, news and regulatory information can be found on babstcalland.com or at the Firm’s Shale Energy Law Blog shaleenergylawblog.com. Subscribe to receive regular updates.

May 2016

Industry Regulatory Attorney Brianne K. Kurdock Joins Babst Calland’s Pipeline and HazMat Safety Practice in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA, May 11, 2016 – Babst Calland announced today that Brianne K. Kurdock has joined the firm as a shareholder in its Energy and Natural Resources Group and newest member of its Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety practice in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Kurdock joins Babst Calland from the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the national trade organization for interstate gas pipelines, where she served as the primary regulatory attorney. Kurdock is reuniting with her former colleagues, energy attorneys James Curry and Keith Coyle, all of whom previously worked together at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency that oversees the safety of the country’s vast network of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. Attorneys Curry and Coyle joined Babst Calland in January of this year when the firm opened its new Washington, D.C. office.

At PHMSA, Ms. Kurdock handled regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters involving the federal regulation of oil and gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities. She also served as regional counsel in administrative enforcement cases and incident investigations. While at PHMSAMs. Kurdock served as lead attorney for special permit applications and rulemaking initiatives and represented PHMSA in inter-agency meetings with the Department of Justice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior.

Ms. Kurdock previously represented clients in connection with land use and environmental issues as an associate in a private law firm in New Jersey. She also served as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Ms. Kurdock is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia.

“Brianne Kurdock’s addition to our nationally-recognized energy and environmental practice further demonstrates our firm’s commitment to providing industry experience and value to our clients,” said Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland. “Together, Attorneys Kurdock, Curry and Coyle add to our energy and environmental capabilities and bring focused training and work experience in compliance, regulatory and legislative affairs, strategic counseling, enforcement, litigation, and audit preparation in the area of pipeline and hazardous materials safety ,” said Babst.

The firm’s new office in the nation’s capital is located at The Southern Building at 805 15th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, D.C.

March 2016

Saroj Tharisayi Joins Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 1, 2016 – Saroj Tharisayi recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Corporate & Commercial Group. Ms. Tharisayi’s practice focuses on providing advice to clients on a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of commercial contracts and corporate governance matters. A 2011 graduate of Cornell Law School, she previously practiced in the New York office of a London-based law firm.

February 2016

Bompiani, Hall and Moran Join Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 18, 2016 – Jonathan B. Bompiani, Melissa M. Hall and Meghan A. Moran recently joined law firm Babst Calland as associates in the Firm’s Mineral Title Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups.

Mr. Bompiani’s practice focuses on energy matters, whereby he advises and represents corporate clients with oil and gas matters throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Mr. Bompiani is also a member of the Firm’s Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice. He counsels clients on federal and state pipeline safety issues related to gas and hazardous liquids pipelines and on the regulations for transportation of hazardous materials by other modes. In addition, his experience includes rendering drilling, rights-of-way, and division order title opinions; managing due diligence asset acquisition projects; and resolving title defects, surface damage disputes, rights-of-way issues, administrative permitting issues, and zoning and lease challenges.  He also represents his clients in state and federal court upon the initiation of a wide array of industry related litigation.. He is a 2005 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.

Ms. Hall counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. She is a 2006 graduate of Capital University Law School.

Ms. Moran’s practice focuses primarily on counseling oil, gas and mineral-related clients on matters related to ownership of and title to oil and gas, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, due diligence, and litigation. She is a 2003 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Hetal Dhagat Joins Environmental Practice at Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, February 17, 2016 – Hetal S. Dhagat recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Environmental Group. Ms. Dhagat’s practice focuses on assisting clients on a variety of environmental matters including permitting, regulatory compliance and remediation. A 2005 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, she was previously with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.

January 2016

Babst Calland Opens Washington, DC Office

PITTSBURGH, PA and WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2016 – The law firm of Babst Calland today announced the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C., and the addition of two experienced energy attorneys, James Curry and Keith Coyle. Attorneys Curry and Coyle represent clients in the energy industry on a variety of matters, particularly in the areas of pipeline safety and the transportation of hazardous materials, and are joining the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group as shareholders. Adding to the Firm’s energy and environmental capabilities, these new attorneys bring deep experience in compliance, regulatory and legislative affairs, strategic counseling, enforcement, litigation, and audit preparation.

Attorneys Curry and Coyle are joining Babst Calland from a prominent D.C. environmental and energy law firm, where they played a critical in role in developing and expanding a nationally-recognized pipeline safety practice group. Both previously served as attorneys for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency that oversees the safety of the country’s growing network of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. Active in several pipeline trade organizations and a frequent speaker at industry events, Curry counsels clients throughout the United States on PHMSA compliance matters and other transportation-related issues. Coyle, a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force who also specializes in PHMSA and transportation matters, is returning to Babst Calland, where he was an associate attorney earlier in his career.

The opening of the Firm’s new Washington, D.C. office, its sixth location, marks a significant event in Babst Calland’s 30-year history. The new office will be located at The Southern Building at 805 15th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC. Founded in 1986, the Firm has a nationally-recognized environmental practice and is a leading provider of legal services to the energy industry in the Appalachian Basin and beyond.

Commenting on these developments, Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “We are expanding the capabilities of our nationally-recognized energy and environmental practice through the addition of Jim Curry and Keith Coyle, and the creation of a pipeline safety and regulatory practice with a new office in our nation’s capital. We are very pleased to welcome these well-regarded attorneys to our Firm as they share similar values, experience and philosophy for serving clients, some with whom we have shared business relationships,” said Babst.

“It is an exciting time for us to join Babst Calland, a firm with a significant energy and environmental legal practice and reputation that will complement our pipeline safety and regulatory practice in support of clients across the United States,” said Attorneys James Curry and Keith Coyle.

Brian Lipkin Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 24, 2016 – Brian D. Lipkin recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Litigation and Employment & Labor groups. Mr. Lipkin’s commercial litigation practice focuses on contract disputes, business torts, and claims involving trade secrets and closely-held corporations. He handles construction, insurance coverage, intellectual property, real estate and securities litigation.

In his employment and labor practice, Mr. Lipkin defends employers against claims for discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and unpaid wages. He handles restrictive covenant litigation and defends whistleblower claims arising under the False Claims Act. Mr. Lipkin advises employers and executives on compliance issues, employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Lipkin, a 2008 graduate of Boston College Law School, was previously with Rose, Chinitz & Rose in Boston, Mass.

Babst Calland Names Junker, McKernan, Miller and Staley Shareholders

PITTSBURGH, PA January 22, 2016 – Babst Calland recently named Robert Max Junker, Scott K. McKernan, James D. Miller and Krista-Ann M. Staley shareholders in the Firm.

Max Junker, a member of the Firm’s Public Sector Group, has served as a municipal and school district solicitor for several years, and he is currently the Solicitor for the Borough of Franklin Park and the Borough of Bell Acres. Mr. Junker counsels and represents the Firm’s municipal clients on general municipal issues including tax assessment appeals, municipal taxation, public bidding, Sunshine Act, the Right-to-Know Law, the State Ethics Act, general land use and zoning matters, code enforcement, as well as Act 111 and Act 195 interest arbitrations and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Junker is a 2005 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Scott McKernan, a member of the Firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and Mineral Title groups, focuses his practice primarily on counseling various clients on matters involving natural resources and energy law with an emphasis on transactional matters related to the acquisition and development of oil and gas leases and rendering oil and gas title opinions. He provides services regarding oil and gas leasing, oil and gas title issues and opinions and due diligence projects for various transactions, including those involving the acquisition and divestiture of assets consisting of oil and gas fees and leasehold interests. He also counsels clients in matters involving seismic data acquisition and licensing, as well as matters involving transactions of subsurface rights, including oil and gas rights.

Mr. McKernan is a 2007 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Jim Miller, a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Construction groups, focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and construction law. He has represented clients ranging from publicly-traded corporations to individuals in a variety of construction and business litigation cases in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Washington, and West Virginia. Mr. Miller’s commercial litigation experience includes handling claims concerning breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and cyber-squatting, as well as more standard business claims such as breach of contract.

Mr. Miller routinely advises companies in the construction and energy industries, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and project owners, with issues related to contract drafting, project management, dispute resolution and general business consultation. He has experience prosecuting and defending a wide range of construction-related claims arising from private, state and federal projects, including claims involving project delay, acceleration, inefficiencies, non-payment and retainage withholding (including statutory prompt payment damages, as well as bond and mechanics’ lien claims), design and specification defects, quantum meruit/unjust enrichment, active interference by the owner or contractor, and Articles 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code relating to the sale and lease of goods.

Mr. Miller is a 2008 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Krista-Ann Staley, a member of the Firm’s Public Sector and Energy & Natural Resources groups, focuses her practice primarily on municipal law, with an emphasis on land use and land development issues. She represents boroughs, townships, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, individuals and private entities in the Pittsburgh area. Ms. Staley advises these clients when revising or enacting land use regulations and when considering land use applications. She also assists with issues pertaining to state and local roadway regulations, record requests filed under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, and public meeting requirements under the Sunshine Act.

In addition, Krista-Ann counsels and represents private landowners and businesses in matters relating to governmental entities, such as analyzing municipal ordinances and applying for and obtaining various land use approvals. She also assists private sector clients with filing Right-to-Know requests and appeals related to these filings. She works often with energy industry clients, including drilling and midstream companies, with a particular emphasis on the land use and roadway use issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale throughout Pennsylvania.

Ms. Staley is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Callie E. Waers Joins Babst Calland’s Charleston Office

PITTSBURGH, PA and CHARLESTON, WV, January 8, 2016Callie E. Waers recently joined Babst Calland’s Charleston, W.Va. office as an associate in the Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Ms. Waers’s practice focuses primarily on representing oil and gas companies in all forms of litigation, ranging from arbitration to state and federal courts, in a wide variety of matters, including contract and lease disputes, negligence, and other matters as needed to protect their interests.

Ms. Waers has represented clients in cases dealing with a wide variety of legal issues, such as professional liability, insurance coverage, personal injury, construction disputes, constitutional and civil rights claims, privacy law and data breach matters, and issues arising under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Ms. Waers earned her J.D. in 2013 from Washington and Lee University School of Law.


December 2015

James Mazzocco Joins Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 23, 2015James (JD) Mazzocco recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Construction and Litigation groups. Mr. Mazzacco has experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law and has represented clients in a variety of commercial and construction-related matters including oil and gas lease disputes, construction defect, and breach of contract actions. Mr. Mazzocco also has experience reviewing real estate abstracts, preparing mineral title opinions, advising clients on issues relating to title and property law, and recommending appropriate curative actions. A 2014 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, he was previously with Burleson LLP.


November 2015

Grant Hackley Joins Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 10, 2015Grant Hackley recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Energy & Natural Resources Group. Mr. Hackley’s practice focuses on energy law, counseling clients on a wide array of issues related to ownership of and title to oil and gas, including the preparation of oil and gas title opinions, title examination, litigation and contractual issues. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.



August 2015

Amie Courtney Joins Law Firm Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 31, 2015Amie L. Courtney recently joined law Babst Calland as an associate in the Public Sector and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Ms. Courtney’s practice focuses on municipal law and land use law with concentration in general municipal issues, including land use and development, zoning matters, the Right-to-Know Law, real estate, and code enforcement. She also counsels various clients on oil, gas and mineral-related transaction matters as they relate to title issues and opinions. She is a 2014 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.

Donald C. Bluedorn II, Kevin J. Garber and Blaine A. Lucas Named 2016 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law

Pittsburgh – August 18, 2015 – Babst Calland attorneys Donald C. Bluedorn II, Kevin J. Garber, and Blaine A. Lucas were recently selected as 2016 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in the Pittsburgh area.

Donald C. Bluedorn II was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Environmental Law. In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Donald Bluedorn was also listed in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Environmental and Water Law.

Kevin J. Garber was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Natural Resources Law. Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, and Water Law.

Blaine A. Lucas was selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Energy Law. Blaine Lucas was also listed in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America in Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, and Municipal Law.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

27 Babst Calland Attorneys Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List

Babst Calland is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. View the list of attorneys

Nicole Vasquez Schmitt Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 5, 2015Nicole Vasquez Schmitt recently joined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Ms. Schmitt focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as representing business entities in employment litigation. A 2008 graduate of the University of Hofstra Law School, she was previously with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.


June 2015

Fennell, Gigliotti and Terranova Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 30, 2015W. Dane Fennell, Clement P. Gigliotti, Jr. and Andrew V. Terranova recently joined law firm Babst Calland as staff attorneys in the Firm’s Business Services Group.

Mr. Fennell’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, drafting commercial transaction agreements, and general corporate matters. He is a 2012 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Mr. Gigliotti’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in commercial real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. He has extensive background in ownership, management, and operation of medium-sized companies in the industrial, construction, real estate and waste management industries. Mr. Gigliotti also works daily in negotiating and drafting commercial transaction agreements, including those related to real estate sales and leasing. He is a 2013 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Mr. Terranova’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and drafting contracts, real estate matters and general corporate matters. He is a 2013 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Mr. Fennell, Mr. Gigliotti and Mr. Terranova also work closely with Solvaire Technologies, L.P., an affiliate of Babst Calland, to achieve reliable and cost-effective results for managing complex due diligence aspects of small and large acquisitions and contract management projects.

Shannon DeHarde Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 29, 2015Shannon DeHarde recently joined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Firm’s Litigation Services Group. Ms. DeHarde focuses her practice on general civil litigation matters. A 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

Rachel James Rejoins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, June 29, 2015Rachel E. James recently rejoined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Firm’s Mineral Title Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups. Ms. James counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. A 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she worked at EQT Corporation before returning to Babst Calland.

Babst Calland’s Expansion Results in Move to New Charleston Location – Law Firm Sees Large Growth Since Opening Regional Office in 2011

Charleston, W. Va., June 23, 2015 – The law firm of Babst Calland has moved to a new office location in Charleston’s downtown business district at BB&T Square. Following a period of growth in number of attorneys and clients, the firm has outgrown its previous downtown location at United Center and has moved several blocks to BB&T Square’s office tower located at 300 Summers Street, Suite 1000, Charleston, WV. The firm’s local phone numbers and attorney e-mail addresses remain the same. The main phone number is (681) 205-8888.

“Our team of West Virginia attorneys welcomes the move to BB&T Square in the center of our beautiful downtown district,” said Steven Green, shareholder and energy attorney at Babst Calland. The new space will accommodate our continued growth while enabling our entire staff to better serve current and new clients,” he added.

Babst Calland opened its Charleston office in 2011 initially serving clients in the growing natural gas market in West Virginia and the Appalachian Basin. The office has grown steadily since then, and last year, it added a team of senior West Virginia attorneys in lateral moves from two other local firms. The firm focuses on representing clients through a multi-disciplinary team approach with attorneys in key practice areas, including: energy and natural resources, environmental, employment and labor, business services, title, litigation, land use, and construction law.

Among the largest fully-dedicated teams of energy and environmental attorneys in the Appalachian Basin, Babst Calland has more than 30 attorneys admitted to practice in West Virginia who have been serving the natural gas, coal and other industries for many years. In addition to Charleston and Pittsburgh, the firm also has office locations in State College, Pa., Canton, Ohio and Sewell, N.J.


May 2015

Babst Calland Report Focuses on Legal and Regulatory Challenges Facing Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Producers, Midstream Operators

Despite Economic and Regulatory Climate, Marcellus and Utica Shales among Most Productive in U.S.

PITTSBURGH, June 4, 2015 – The law firm of Babst Calland today released its fifth annual energy industry report called, The 2015 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Industry: Rising to the Challenge; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators. This annual review of energy and natural resources development activity acknowledges the continuing evolution of this industry in the face of economic, regulatory, legal and local government challenges. To request a copy of the Report, contact info@babstcalland.com .

In this Report, Babst Calland attorneys provide insights into Marcellus and Utica shale issues, challenges and recent developments most relevant to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. In general, a significant challenge ahead for shale developers in the current price environment is for operators to continue to be productive and active in finding land and drilling wells while effectively delivering the natural resource to market.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, regional and national natural gas production reached an all-time high at the end of 2014. Thus far in 2015, the oil and gas industry’s rig count in the Appalachian Basin and elsewhere is down substantially compared to the previous two years. Although Marcellus shale development is leading the way in the U.S. natural gas production by producing 17 million cubic feet per day of gas, persistently low gas prices are forcing producers to curtail capital expenditures, adjust staffing and wring cost savings from their respective supply chains.

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, This Report identifies the many challenges faced by the oil and gas industry, including commodity pricing, efforts to impose or increase taxes, pipeline capacity, vocal opposition, environmental and litigation challenges, impacts of local regulation, and the growing importance of due diligence in asset transactions.

The 44-page Report contains five sections, each addressing key challenges for Appalachian Basin oil and gas producers and midstream operators.

    • Regulatory Shifts and Impacts, such as the current proposed amendments to Chapter 78 rules in Pennsylvania, will impose significant new regulatory burdens and create tremendous shifts in how companies manage their conventional and unconventional assets. Also, the focus on potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing and deep well disposal on seismic events may create sweeping changes to what operators will need to install and monitor these facilities. These and other impacts will increase administrative burdens and may create increased legal burdens and business considerations.
    • Environmental Challenges, resulting from the proposed Chapter 78 amendments, including waste rules, NORM requirements, retention ponds, storage tanks, noise, public resources, stream and wetland buffers, orphaned and abandoned wells, and clean-up standards, among others. Most industries do not confront this many critical environmental issues in one decade, yet the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian Basin is facing these challenges all at once.
    • Litigation Challenges will remain part of the industry’s landscape given the large number of unresolved regulatory and legal issues. Industry will be required to litigate interpretations of statutes and rules by federal and state regulators and environmental groups and continue to face issues related to the validity of leases and royalty payments. Property owner claims of personal injury and property impact from oil and gas development activities will likely continue, fueled by claims of ground water contamination and adverse health effects of shale development.
    • Local Government Regulatory Landscape Varies Significantly in Appalachia with each of the primary states providing its unique system of local regulatory authority in the oil and gas industry. Pennsylvania continues an uncertain evolution in the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Robinson Twp. vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Act 13). In addition to the expected increase in local ordinance activity resulting from the Act 13 ruling, anti-industry activists are challenging the validity of zoning ordinances. By contrast, West Virginia and Ohio are far more restrictive in the authority afforded to local government to regulate the natural gas industry.
    • Negotiation of Transactions Requires Comprehensive Due Diligence in Title, Environmental, Land Use, Litigation and Lease Review particularly given the number of companies that are trading assets and/or entering or exiting operations in the Appalachian Basin. Title Due Diligence continues to play a major role in transactions. Cotenancy issues are addressed differently in each state. Pennsylvania acquisitions should include the proposed new Chapter 78 and 78a requirements moving forward, as it is likely that it will take both the oil and gas industry and Pennsylvania’s agencies a significant amount of time to fully implement these changes. Possessing clear title and all necessary environmental permits will be of little value if local ordinances, including zoning and traffic restrictions or construction requirements, do not allow certain activities. Identifying and analyzing a seller’s pending suits and threatened claims and a familiarity with recent case law and pending cases that may adversely affect the oil and gas industry is also a significant aspect of due diligence for oil and gas transactions.

Commenting on this year’s Report, Kathryn Z. Klaber of The Klaber Group said, The Babst Calland Report is a compilation of current facts and challenges with legal and regulatory perspective relevant to the interests of the Appalachian Basin oil and gas industry.

As market conditions evolve for the oil and gas industry in the Appalachia Basin, Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group continues to stay abreast of the many current legal and regulatory challenges facing producers and midstream operators.

To stay on top of these developments, periodic update articles, news and regulatory information can be found on babstcalland.com or at the Firm’s Shale Energy Law Blog at shaleenergylawblog.com. Subscribe to receive regular updates.

Note: The Babst Calland Report is provided for informational purposes only to our clients and friends, and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

Corporate Energy Attorney Jay Hammond Joins Babst Calland’s Business Services Practices

PITTSBURGH, PA – May 18, 2015 – The law firm of Babst Calland today announced the addition of corporate attorney Jay Hammond as a shareholder in the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources and Business Services groups.

Mr. Hammond is the former Vice President and General Counsel of Atlas Energy and the former Supervising Counsel for Chevron North America Exploration and Production’s Appalachian/Michigan business unit. Previously, he also held key legal positions with CNX Gas Corporation and CONSOL Energy. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Oxford University and Harvard College.

“Jay Hammond is a welcome addition to our Business Services Group in its role of supporting transactions, corporate compliance, and general business counsel for our clients, particularly those in the natural gas industry,” said Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland. “He also joins our established multi-disciplinary team of energy attorneys after having been involved in Marcellus Shale development throughout the Appalachian Basin during the past decade. He will work collaboratively with our Energy and Natural Resources Group attorneys and clients. We’re pleased that Jay will be a part of our team,” added Babst.

Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group represents many energy clients on a variety of matters related to energy and environmental law, business transactions, land use, title, litigation, construction, and employment and labor.


January 2015

Babst Calland Adds Six Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental, Employment and Labor, Business Services and Litigation Associates

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 29, 2015 – Patrick C. Auth, Naeha Dixit, Kate H. Cooper, Molly E. Meacham, Esther S. Mignanelli and Sarah Molinero recently joined the law firm Babst Calland as associates.

Patrick Auth, who joins the Firm’s Title Services and Energy and Natural Resources groups, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Auth, a 2010 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, was previously with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Naeha Dixit, who joins the Firm’s Environmental Services Group, assists clients on a wide variety of environmental matters. Ms. Dixit is a 2007 graduate of Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining Babst Calland she served as Associate Regional Counsel, Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Ga. specializing in hazardous waste enforcement and counseling. She is admitted to practice in Georgia, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

Kate Cooper, who joins the Firm’s Business Services Group, counsels both for-profit and non-profit entities in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She also provides advice to clients on a broad range of general corporate matters, including business planning and structuring, commercial contracts, securities law matters and governance issues. Ms. Cooper, a 2010 graduate of Boston College Law School, was previously with Clark Hill Thorp Reed. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.

Molly Meacham joins the Firm’s Litigation Services, Employment & Labor Services, and Energy & Natural Resources groups. She focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and environmental litigation, as well as to represent business entities in employment disputes. Ms. Meacham has tried jury trials to verdict, represented clients in state, federal and appellate courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and before government agencies. She also represents clients in matters that include contract disputes, employment law, admiralty and maritime law, toxic tort, environmental and natural gas industry litigation. Ms. Meacham, a 2006 graduate of University of Notre Dame Law School, was previously with Peabody & Arnold LLP in Boston, Mass. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Esther Mignanelli, who joins the Firm’s Litigation Services Group, focuses her practice primarily on general civil litigation. Ms. Mignanelli is a 2014 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Sarah Molinero, who joins the Firm’s Business Services Group, focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, business planning and structuring, real estate matters and general corporate matters. Ms. Molinero is a 2014 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania.

Babst Calland Names Antonelli, Dausch, Mosites and Wills Shareholders

PITTSBURGH, January 21, 2015 – Babst Calland recently named Stephen A. Antonelli, Mark K. Dausch, Jean M. Mosites and Kevin T. Wills shareholders in the Firm.

Steve Antonelli, a member of the Firm’s Employment & Labor Services, Litigation Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups, represents employers in all phases of labor and employment law, as well as matters of general litigation, including those concerning the validity of oil and gas leases, joint venture agreements and other disputes involving the natural gas industry. Mr. Antonelli earned his J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2005.

Mark Dausch, a member of the Firm’s Litigation Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups, 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 industries. As lead trial counsel, he 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. Mr. Dausch earned his J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2007.

Jean Mosites, a member of the Firm’s Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources, and Public Sector Services groups, focuses her practice primarily on client counseling on environmental compliance in the energy sector, as well as resolving liabilities under federal and state remediation programs. Ms. Mosites has assisted clients responding to agency requests for information, notices of violation and orders issued under Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Act, Clean Streams Law, and Solid Waste Management Act, as well as federal statutes including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. She advises clients on regulatory matters encountered in the development of the Marcellus Shale, including water sourcing, handling and disposal, gas migration investigations, and site restoration obligations. She also practices before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on a variety of matters, including appeals from compliance orders and third-party permit appeals. Ms. Mosites earned her J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 2007.

Kevin Wills, a member of the Firm’s Business Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups, represents business clients in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, real estate agreements and software licenses; advising clients involved in contract disputes; advising clients on business planning and structuring matters; and representing clients in natural gas and energy, including the acquisition of unconventional natural gas (such as Marcellus Shale) and natural gas pooling and unitization. Mr. Wills earned his J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2006.


News from 2014

Attorney Kevin K. Douglass Named Board President of Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Assumes Post 35 Years since His Father Founded the Organization

PITTSBURGH, PA, September 3, 2014 – The law firm of Babst Calland is pleased to acknowledge the appointment of Kevin K. Douglass, shareholder and litigation attorney, as president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), a national nonprofit educational organization which fosters the study of the laws and regulations related to natural resource development and energy use. The appointment was effective July 1, 2014.

In his capacity as Board President, Douglass will work closely with the foundation’s executive committee and executive director in implementing its three-year strategic plan, as well as assisting with program planning and governance. He is a senior attorney with Babst Calland and has more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial matters in a variety of forums, including federal, state and bankruptcy courts. He is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

What makes this appointment unique for Kevin Douglass is the fact that he is now the board president of the foundation that his father, Attorney Samuel Douglass, founded in 1979 with University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Cy Fox.

Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation’s mission is to foster the study of energy, mineral and natural resources law through quality, cost-effective and timely education, law student scholarships, and a continuing forum for the intellectually honest examination of the law.

Rich Saxe Rejoins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, September 15, 2014 – Richard W. Saxe, Jr. recently rejoined law firm Babst Calland as a shareholder in the Firm’s Construction and Litigation Services groups.

Mr. Saxe concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and commercial litigation and arbitration. His construction experience includes representing contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, owners and design professionals in all aspects of disputes concerning public and private construction projects. Mr. Saxe regularly represents and advises clients on water and sewer line projects as well as wastewater and water treatment plant facilities. He has handled a wide range of construction disputes and issues including construction payment disputes, payment and performance bond claims, mechanics’ lien claims, delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims, change order disputes, claims for differing site conditions, Pennsylvania’s One Call Act, and claims involving various state prompt payment statutes. A 2001 graduate of Duquesne University school of Law, Mr. Saxe served as vice-president & general counsel for Galway Bay Corporation, a general contractor specializing in the construction and renovation of wastewater and water treatment plants and pump stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and New Jersey. In this role, he handled all of the company’s legal matters, as well as the managerial, business and day-to-day operations of the company.

Angela Kilbert Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, September 16, 2014 – Angela M. Kilbert recently joined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Firm’s Environmental Services Group. Ms. Kilbert assists clients on a wide variety of environmental matters. A 2013 graduate of the George Washington University Law School, she worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining Babst Calland Ms. Kilbert was a clerk for the Honorable D. Quarles, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. She is admitted to the Maryland Bar, the United States District Court of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Peter Schnore Rejoins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA and STATE COLLEGE, PA, September 12, 2014 – Peter H. Schnore recently rejoined law firm Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Firm’s Business Services Group and will counsel the Firm’s clients from its Pittsburgh and State College offices.

Mr. Schnore concentrates his practice in real estate-related matters, including real estate tax-assessment appeals, land use, zoning, quiet title actions, eminent domain proceedings, and negotiating real estate leases and related agreements. One area of particular concentration in his practice is real property tax assessment appeals. Mr. Schnore represents commercial and industrial property owners before county boards of assessment appeals and courts throughout Pennsylvania who are either seeking a real property tax exemption or a reduction in their tax obligations, or defending the assessed value from a challenge brought by a local taxing authority. He also represents landowners and developers who seek governmental approvals needed before proceeding with a planned real estate development project. Mr. Schnore is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and IPT’s Western Pennsylvania Local Luncheon Committee and serves on the Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Real Property Section. A 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he worked at Reed Smith LLP before returning to Babst Calland.

Krista Staley Selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a “2014 Lawyer on the Fast Track”

PITTSBURGH , PA – September 10, 2014 – Krista-Ann M. Staley, an attorney at law firm Babst Calland, was selected by The Legal Intelligencer as one of only 36 “2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track” in Pennsylvania.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Ms. Staley’s practice focuses on municipal law, with an emphasis on land use and development issues. She represents boroughs, townships, municipal authorities, zoning hearing boards, individuals and private entities in the Pittsburgh area. In addition, Ms. Staley counsels and represents private landowners and businesses in matters relating to governmental entities, such as analyzing municipal ordinances and applying for and obtaining various land use approvals. She also works with energy industry clients, including drilling and midstream companies, with a particular emphasis on the land use and roadway use issues related to the development of the Marcellus Shale throughout Pennsylvania.

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 36 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” who not only excel as lawyers, but also serve as exemplary members of their communities and 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.

Michael Reer Joins Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 22, 2014 – Michael K. Reer recently joined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and Environmental Services groups.

Mr. Reer’s practice involves counseling clients on a wide variety of federal and state regulatory issues related to Marcellus, Utica and other conventional and unconventional shale gas well developments in the Appalachian Basin. He also works on a variety of regulatory compliance issues related to coal mining. Mr. Reer received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2013, where he co-taught Environmental Law and Policy at the undergraduate institution. He completed an LL.M. in Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Law at the University of Houston in 2014. Mr. Reer is admitted to practice in Texas and was previously with McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead L.L.P in Houston, TX, where he drafted field rule proposals for unconventional oil and gas plays.

Four Veteran West Virginia Attorneys Join Babst Calland’s Charleston Office as Shareholders

CHARLESTON, WV and PITTSBURGH, PA – August 25, 2014 – The law firm of Babst Calland today announced the lateral moves of four established West Virginia attorneys who have joined the firm’s office in downtown Charleston.

Veteran attorneys Timothy Miller from Robinson & McEIwee, and Christopher “Kip” Power, Mychal Schulz and Robert Stonestreet from the Charleston office of Dinsmore & Shohl have joined forces with Babst Calland in providing senior-level legal counsel in key practice areas including environmental, litigation and employment. The addition of the new attorneys and staff will double the size of Babst Calland’s Charleston office which opened in 2011.

Commenting about these lateral moves to the Firm, Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “We are very pleased to welcome these fine individuals to our Firm and to our established team in Charleston. They are a natural fit for us as they share our values, experience and philosophy in serving clients, some with whom we already have business relationships. The addition of these well-regarded West Virginia attorneys supports our strategy to expand Babst Calland’s senior-level legal counseling team and capabilities to serve the needs of existing and new clients in the region.”

“As a litigator who focuses on energy-related law, I am pleased to be joining Babst Calland’s well-established and full-service multi-disciplinary team representing the energy industry,” said Attorney Timothy Miller.

“Along with my colleagues Mychal Schulz and Robert Stonestreet, it is an exciting time for us to join Babst Calland’s West Virginia team and become part of a firm that is grounded in environmental law and where the energy business is a significant force,” said Attorney Christopher “Kip” B. Power.

Among the largest fully-dedicated teams of energy and environmental attorneys in the Appalachian Basin, Babst Calland now has 30 attorneys admitted to practice in West Virginia who have been serving the natural gas, coal and other industries for many years.

Robert M. Palumbi and Dylan B. Spadaccino Join Babst Calland

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 18, 2014 – Robert M. Palumbi and Dylan B. Spadaccino have recently joined law firm Babst Calland as associates in the Firm’s Construction and Litigation Services groups.

Mr. Palumbi has experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law, the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Torts Claim Act. He also represents clients in a variety of commercial and construction related disputes including products liability claims, construction defect, breach of contract actions, municipal law, and litigation involving energy and natural resources. Mr. Palumbi, a 2009 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, was previously with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.

Mr. Spadaccino concentrates his practice on construction litigation, which includes prosecuting and defending construction payment disputes, including mechanics’ liens, payment/performance bond claims and Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act claims. He also provides counsel to contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and project owners in the negotiation and administration of construction contracts. Prior to becoming a construction lawyer, Mr. Spadaccino owned and operated a commercial demolition company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specialized in selective interior space demolition services. Mr. Spadaccino, a 2009 graduate of South Texas College of Law, was previously with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas.

The 2014 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Shale Industry in Transition Challenges Evolving for Producers and Midstream Operators

PITTSBURGH, June 9, 2014 – The law firm of Babst Calland released its fourth annual energy industry report, The 2014 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Shale Industry in Transition: Evolving Challenges for Producers and Midstream Operators. This annual review of natural gas and energy development activity acknowledges the significant growth of the Appalachian shale industry and offers insights on the issues and legal implications resulting from such growth.

This year’s Report explores major challenges for the industry ranging from political, regulatory and local government influences to property rights, land use issues and workforce safety. As the industry transitions from its startup years to an era of production efficiencies and a promising outlook of manufacturing renaissance, Babst Calland attorneys provide comment in this Report on related Marcellus and Utica shale issues and developments relevant to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Commenting on this year’s Report, Joseph K. Reinhart, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, This Report offers a unique glance at key issues for the industry. In addition to navigating increased regulatory and legislative challenges, the next chapter for the shale gas industry will be shaped by political influences, regulatory and local government developments, property rights challenges and workforce safety.

The Appalachian Basin is playing a leading role in the United States’ production of record amounts of oil, gas and natural gas liquids. New business opportunities are rapidly developing from plentiful and globally competitive, low cost gas and natural gas liquids. This industry dynamic is opening the way for new and expanded derivative manufacturing facilities. While shale development unto itself will sustain for many years, this region’s ability to attract downstream users will ultimately tell the story of increased economic activity overall, added Reinhart.

The 32-page Report reflects the perspectives of Babst Calland’s multi-disciplinary team of energy attorneys. It contains six sections, each covering a specific subject matter considered to be a key challenge for Appalachian Shale producers and midstream operators. This year, Kathryn Z. Klaber, shale industry advisor to Babst Calland and former CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, offers a Foreword perspective and also contributed to the Report’s content.

The Report incorporates commentary for each key issue, including specific implications for shale operators in the primary Appalachian shale states such as:

    • Governments and politics are playing a major role in shale energy. State elections will shape how the industry operates. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, the tax debate is still very much alive. In West Virginia, a gas severance tax has been in effect and has remained unchanged despite attempts to raise it. The industry faces increased budgetary and operational challenges from legislative sessions in all three states. Politically-driven developments continue to impact the prospects for new and existing underground injection wells, ranging from new seismic testing requirements to public objections to pending permit applications.
    • Regulatory issues remain fluid for the Appalachian shale gas industry. There is no shortage of regulation for the burgeoning shale gas industry, particularly given the degree of transparency, public scrutiny and political influence for and against the extractive industries. A large number of regulatory issues remain requiring constant attention to developments and details across a spectrum of subjects including: reporting, permitting, well site construction, impacts to species, and unique standards for water and air quality.
    • Local government regulation of the industry is expanding. The line between state and local control is still being tested in the state of Ohio, while the implications of Post-Robinson Twp. (Act 13) local regulation in Pennsylvania will not be evident until later in 2014.
    • Property rights and land use present more challenges than ever before. Myriad unresolved property rights, royalty disputes and land-related issues are pending in the courts. Producers in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are facing a continuously evolving environment concerning property rights and land use.
    • Safety and labor remain priorities. The industry’s workforce and supply chain partners are keys to productivity gains and maintaining the all-important license to operate. As the oil and gas industry must protect its workers 24/7, it must remain vigilant on safety compliance and labor matters.
  • Next step in the transition: we are at the threshold of a manufacturing renaissance. The Appalachian Basin is playing a leading role in the United States’ production of record amounts of oil, gas and natural gas liquids. New business opportunities are rapidly developing, and the Appalachian Basin has the potential to evolve from our vastly successful resource extraction activities to reclaim its historic reputation as a manufacturing juggernaut.

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Varun Shekhar Joins Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh Office

PITTSBURGH, PA, March 19, 2014 – Varun Shekhar recently joined law firm Babst Calland as associate in the Firm’s Environmental Services Group. Mr. Shekhar’s practice encompasses a variety of federal and state environmental matters, including air quality permitting, hazardous waste and toxic substance management, remediation, and occupational health and safety. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2013, while also attending the University of Michigan and Wayne State University law schools. During law school Mr. Shekhar worked with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in conjunction with Wayne State University’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, where he assisted community groups during planning phases of various large-scale construction projects in Detroit.

Babst Calland Names Ackerman, Hall and McGovern Shareholders

PITTSBURGH, January 13, 2014 – Babst Calland, recently named Justin D. Ackerman, Christopher J. Hall and Sean M. McGovern shareholders in the firm.

Justin Ackerman, a member of the firm’s Business Services Group, concentrates his practice on representing mid-sized corporations, closely-held companies and family-owned businesses and their owners, providing a broad range of services including general corporate representation, real estate services and transactions, business succession techniques and dispute resolution. Mr. Ackerman also advises clients on aspects of corporate law such as choice and formation of entities, internal governance, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiation. His real estate practice involves the purchase and sale of developed and undeveloped commercial property, commercial leases on behalf of landlords and tenants and property tax assessment appeals. Mr. Ackerman earned a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005.

Chris Hall, a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and Title groups, concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, counseling clients on a wide range of oil, gas and mineral matters including oil and gas title opinions, title examination, business transactions and real estate, litigation, and contractual and regulatory issues. Mr. Hall earned his J.D. degree from Vermont Law School in 2004.

Sean McGovern, a member of the firm’s Environmental Services and the Energy & Natural Resources groups, counsels clients on a variety of federal and state regulatory issues related to coal mining, as well as conventional, coal bed methane, Marcellus, Utica and other unconventional shale gas well development, production, midstream activities, storage and transportation. He counsels clients on a wide range of environmental matters, including water withdrawal and disposal, erosion and sediment controls, air and water permitting, and other issues related to the disposal of produced fluids and other wastes generated by these industries. In addition, Mr. McGovern regularly handles industrial wastewater, waste management, and storage tank issues, as well as site reclamation and remediation. He also has experience with environmental transactions, including due diligence activities, and the river basin commissions located in Pennsylvania. Mr. McGovern earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 2006.

Hantz and Keegan Join Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh Office

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 3, 2014 – Benjamin F. Hantz and Sean R. Keegan have recently joined law firm Babst Calland as associates.

Benjamin F. Hantz, a 2013 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, joined the Business Services Group. Mr. Hantz’s practice focuses primarily on representing clients in commercial real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. He has extensive background managing complex due diligence aspects of small and large acquisitions and contract management projects. In addition, Mr. Hantz negotiates and drafts commercial transaction agreements including those related to real estate sales and leasing.

Sean R. Keegan, a 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joined the Litigation Services Group. Mr. Keegan focuses his practice on general civil litigation.

Max Junker Joins Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh Office

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 7, 2014 – Robert Max Junker recently joined law firm Babst Calland as an associate in the Public Sector Services Group. Mr. Junker has served as a municipal and school district solicitor for several years, and he is currently the Solicitor for the Borough of Franklin Park and the Borough of Bell Acres. He counsels and represents the Firm’s municipal clients on general municipal issues including tax assessment appeals, municipal taxation, public bidding, Sunshine Act, the Right-to-Know Law, the State Ethics Act, general land use and zoning matters, code enforcement, as well as Act 111 and Act 195 interest arbitrations and grievance arbitrations. He is currently serving his second term on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Municipal and School Solicitors Section for the Allegheny County Bar Association. Mr. Junker, a 2005 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, was formerly with the Law Offices of Ira Weiss.


News from 2013

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

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.

Calland Named International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers for Fourth Straight Year

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”

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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.


News from December 2012

Babst Calland Adds Two New Associates

Alyssa Golfieri and Ashley Passero Join the Firm

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 5, 2012 – Alyssa E. Golfieri and Ashley R. Passero recently joined the law firm Babst Calland as associates. They will conduct business from the Pittsburgh, PA office. Ms. Golfieri joins the Public Sector Services group and Ms. Passero joins the Litigation Services group.

Ms. Golfieri’s practice primarily focuses on municipal and land use issues. She is a 2012 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. While at Duquesne, Ms. Golfieri actively participated in the Urban Development Clinic where she earned a Distinction in Clinical Work in 2012 and gained experience in preparing property tax assessment appeals, drafting deeds, resolving tangled title issues, and combating blighted and abandoned properties in the surrounding community.

Ms. Passero focuses her practice on general civil litigation. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Altvater Joins Babst Calland’s Canton Office

Michael Altvater is a new associate in Babst Calland’s Canton office and will join the firm’s Litigation Services group. His practice includes representing business owners and individuals in all phases of commercial litigation, employment law, oil and gas litigation, probate litigation, general litigation and other disputes involving title to real estate and mineral interests.

Mr. Altvater graduated from Wright State University in 2002, earning a B.A. in Journalism. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Canton School of Law, where he served as the President of the Moot Court Honor Society and participated in the Jessup International Moot Court team. During law school, Mr. Altvater was a judicial extern for the Honorable Elinore Marsh Stormer of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. He went on to serve as Judge Stormer’s Judicial Attorney following law school and before entering private practice.

Mr. Altvater is admitted in Ohio and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Canton and Ohio State Bar Associations.

Since graduating law school, Mr. Altvater continues to serve as a coach for the University of Canton School of Law’s National Child Welfare and Adoption Law moot court teams. In addition, he serves as the Continuing Legal Education chair for the Canton Bar Association’s New Lawyer section and volunteers his time to the OPEN-M legal clinic in Canton.

He joins Babst Calland attorneys Clay K. Keller and Richard J. Lolli. Mr. Lolli’s extensive background is in the area of title/land use and real estate law and Mr. Keller is a seasoned litigator representing clients in general commercial litigation matters and on a broad range of matters unique to the oil and gas industry.

Ohio attorney David E. Northrop also works with Babst Calland attorneys in the Canton office serving clients on Ohio matters. Mr. Northrop is known for his representation of clients in their interactions with federal and state environmental regulatory agencies.

Babst Calland opened its Canton office to provide a coordinated, multi-disciplinary level of service to its clients in Ohio staffed by attorneys who understand the local landscape.

Calland Named an International Environment Choice for Third Straight Year

Dean A. Calland, a founding shareholder of Babst Calland in Pittsburgh, has been named for the third consecutive year as a 2012 International Who’s Who Legal choice in the Environment practice area. Mr. Calland’s international practice consists primarily of complex acquisitions and divestitures for multi-national chemical and manufacturing clients.

As the official research partner of the International Bar Association and the strategic research partner of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Who’s Who Legal awards are based on interviews and surveys with General Counsel and environmental practitioners worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed and it is impossible to buy entry into this publication.

Briana Marino Earns Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional Certification

The Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers (LASIE) is proud to announce that Briana Marino of Babst Calland’s Charleston location earned the Certified Medicare Secondary Payer (CMSP) Certification. The CMSP program is a new credential in the insurance industry and designed to identify those professionals who work within the workers’ compensation and liability insurance industry and have demonstrated superior knowledge and skills in the field of Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance.

To earn this designation, candidates successfully complete a 36-hour course that includes an exam and case study. To maintain the CMSP certification, the practitioner must take 24 hours of continuing education every two years in the Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance field.

West Virginia Attorney Anne C. Blankenship Joins Babst Calland

The law firm of Babst Calland today announced the addition of lawyer Anne C. Blankenship to the firm’s environmental and energy practices as a shareholder. Ms. Blankenship will be based in the firm’s Charleston, WV office.

During the past decade, Anne Blankenship has represented environmental, utility and energy and natural resources clients in West Virginia’s state and federal courts and before numerous environmental authorities and West Virginia’s Public Service Commission. Her experience spans advising clients on environmental issues, including air quality, water and waste management, as well as public utility regulation. Anne is also a registered lobbyist in West Virginia where she has focused on regulatory and statutory developments in the utility and environmental arena.

“Anne Blankenship is a significant addition to the Firm’s national environmental practice group,” said Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland. “We now have 20 lawyers who spend 100 percent of their time focused on environmental regulatory matters and, with the addition of Anne in West Virginia and Dave Northrop in Ohio, the Firm has environmental lawyers with years of experience working on environmental issues in the three key states for Marcellus and Utica shale development.”

Ms. Blankenship is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She is a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Order of Barristers. Ms. Blankenship was named a West Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2009 and 2010. She received her J.D. degree from the Capital University Law School, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from Marshall University.

Matthew Lambach and Travis Righter Join Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh Office

Matthew L. Lambach and Travis B. Righter recently joined the regional law firm Babst Calland as associates. Mr. Lambach and Mr. Righter both join the Energy & Natural Resources and Business Services Groups.

Mr. Lambach counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Lambach, who earned his J.D. from Duquesne University in 2011, was formerly with Peacock Keller & Ecker, LLP.

Mr. Righter advises clients in various matters involving natural resources and energy, with a focus on oil and gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Righter, who earned his J.D. from West Virginia University in 2010, was formerly with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP. He is admitted to practice in West Virginia and is a member of the Northern Appalachian Landmans Association.

Babst Calland Expands Energy Practice, Opens Ohio Office

Prominent Team of Energy, Environment and Litigation Attorneys Join Firm
Clay K. Keller, Richard J. Lolli, David E. Northrop Named Shareholders

The law firm of Babst Calland recently announced the continued expansion of its growing energy practice by opening its newest office in downtown Canton, OH, at the PNC Center.

The expansion of the Firm’s already well-established energy and natural resources practice is taking place at a time when many of the Firm’s existing energy clients participating in unconventional gas development are tapping Babst Calland’s multi-disciplinary practice group for its Marcellus and Utica shale experience and capabilities.

The Firm was founded 26 years ago and has represented energy-related clients since its inception. The Firm’s multi-disciplinary practice addresses a wide range of issues affecting its energy clients, including environmental, business and transaction services, title, litigation, land use, construction and employment & labor. More than one-half of Babst Calland’s 105 lawyers currently are involved in servicing the Firm’s energy clients.

Joining Babst Calland as shareholders are attorneys Clay K. Keller and Richard J. Lolli. Mr. Keller joins the firm effective June 15, 2012, and Mr. Lolli begins on June 25, 2012. Both are admitted to practice law in the state of Ohio and are active in county and state bar associations as well as the Ohio Oil & Gas Association and Ohio Land Title Association, respectively. Mr. Lolli’s extensive background is in the area of Title/Land Use and Real Estate law. Mr. Keller is a litigator representing clients on a broad range of oil and gas matters.

Joining Mr. Keller and Mr. Lolli will be Ohio attorney David E. Northrop after spending nearly 40 years practicing law in Columbus, Ohio. He is known for his representation of clients in their interactions with federal and state environmental regulatory agencies.

“Babst Calland serves the energy industry with a coordinated, multi-disciplinary team of lawyers that is focused on the broad spectrum of federal, state and local issues impacting our clients. The significant growth of Marcellus and Utica shale development over the past year has created the need for geographic expansion so that we can provide that same level of service to our clients in West Virginia and Ohio,” said Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland.

“The addition of Clay Keller, Richard Lolli and David Northrop gives our firm a team with more than 80 years of experience in handling environmental, real estate, title and litigation matters in Ohio and allows us to serve our Ohio clients with attorneys who understand the local landscape,” added Babst.

David Norhtrop Joins Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh Office

David Northrop joins Babst Calland as a shareholder in the Environmental Services group after spending nearly 40 years practicing law in Columbus, Ohio. His practice involves representing clients in their interactions with federal and state environmental regulatory agencies and includes client counseling and litigation. He has litigated on behalf of clients in administrative matters involving environmental permits and has defended clients in civil and criminal enforcement matters in federal and state court.

Mr. Northrop represents clients in matters involving air pollution, water pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, and property contamination, including Superfund cases. He also counsels clients on the environmental aspects of transactions such as the acquisition or sale of businesses or property.

Mr. Northrop graduated from Allegheny College in 1970. He received his J.D., summa cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Law (now the Moritz College of Law) in 1972, and has practiced environmental law since 1973 in both the public sector and, since 1987, in private practice. His practice in the public sector was in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, representing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and other Ohio environmental regulatory agencies. Mr. Northrop practiced in the Environmental Enforcement Section for ten years, including four years of service as chief of the section. He also served for four years as deputy chief counsel to the attorney general.

Mr. Northrop is admitted to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Briana Marino Joins Babst Calland’s Charleston, WV Office

Briana J. Marino recently joined Babst Calland’s Charleston, WV, office as an associate in the Litigation Services group.

Ms. Marino focuses her practice in the areas of general litigation, employment litigation, Medicare Secondary Payer compliance and reporting issues and personal injury litigation. She has particular knowledge regarding applicable laws, regulations and administrative decisions governing Medicare Secondary Payer and Medicare, Medicaid and S-CHIP Extension Act of 2007 Section 111 Reporting issues. This developing area of the law affects all settlements, verdicts, awards and benefits of current and potential Medicare and other social program beneficiaries nationwide regardless, in the majority of cases, of type of claim or allegation raised by the litigant. Ms. Marino, who earned her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 2009, was formerly with Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso, PLLC, in Charleston, WV. 

Ryan Elliott, Michael Murphy and Nikolas Tysiak Join the Firm

Ryan D. Elliott, Michael C. Murphy and Nikolas E. Tysiak recently joined the regional law firm Babst Calland as associates. They will conduct business from the Pittsburgh, PA, office. Mr. Elliott joins the Environmental Services and Energy & Natural Resources groups; Mr. Murphy joins the Environmental Services group and Mr. Tysiak joins the Energy & Natural Resources and Business Services groups.

Mr. Elliott assists clients on a wide variety of environmental matters including federal and state air, water and waste regulatory compliance, and permitting and issues arising in the development of the Marcellus and Utica shale. He also assists in litigation matters involving environmental liability. Mr. Elliott, who earned his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 2010, was formerly with Schumaker, Koop & Kendrick, LLP, in Columbus, OH. He is admitted to practice in Ohio.

Mr. Murphy concentrates his practice primarily on site remediation, solid and hazardous waste, and environmental issues arising in corporate and real estate transactions. He represents potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in all stages of Superfund cleanups, both under federal and state programs, including responding to information requests, negotiating consent orders and participating in PRP group allocations. Mr. Murphy also counsels clients on the potential benefits of participating in voluntary brownfield cleanup programs, management of solid and hazardous waste to comply with federal and state statutes and regulations and transactions on potential liabilities identified in Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Regulatory Compliance Audits and Vapor Intrusion Assessments. Mr. Murphy, who earned his J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2006, was formerly with Phillips Lytle, LLP, in Buffalo, NY. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

Mr. Tysiak practices in the areas of energy and real estate law, with a primary focus on transactions and ownership involving oil and gas, where he has extensive experience identifying and curing novel real estate title issues in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has previously taken a lead position in generating and implementing creative solutions to novel, real estate-related issues. Mr. Tysiak also maintains a general real estate practice, with experience conducting foreclosure proceedings, drafting complex retail and commercial leasing agreements, drafting deeds and other documents necessary to effectuate property transactions, conducting real estate closings, researching and writing title insurance policies and overseeing curative measures to finalize property transactions. Mr. Tysiak, who earned his J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University in 2005, was formerly with Jackson Kelly, PLLC, in Wheeling, WV. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is currently on the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy.

Babst Calland Names Antol, Channel, Korbel and Schoonover Shareholders

PITTSBURGH, January 17, 2012 – Babst Calland, one of the region’s leading law firms, recently named Sara M. Antol, Christopher S. Channel, Stephen L. Korbel and Timothy A. Schoonover shareholders in the firm.

Ms. Antol is a member of the firm’s Business Services group. Her practice areas include mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; business planning and structuring; routine and complex commercial contracts in, among other areas, technology and telecommunications; development and licensing arrangements; teaming, distribution, reseller and original equipment manufacturer relationships; public company securities compliance; executive compensation programs and employment and non-competition agreements; and general business counseling. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Antol served as general counsel of Tollgrade Communications, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based, publicly traded telecommunications equipment and software supplier. Ms. Antol is a 1990 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Channel is a member of the firm’s Litigation Services group. His practice includes commercial and intellectual property litigation. He has represented numerous individuals and corporations in cases involving covenants not to compete and trade secrets. Mr. Channel has also represented corporations, artists and photographers in intellectual property matters involving copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. He has defended numerous products liability, premises liability and negligence claims on behalf of hospitals, a wood products manufacturer and industrial equipment manufacturers. Mr. Channel has experience with a number of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms including arbitration, mediation and use of neutral evaluator. He is a 2002 graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Korbel is a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor Services and the Land Use & Public Sector Services groups. He counsels public and private employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring through termination. Mr. Korbel advises clients on employment discrimination issues and rights, workplace harassment, disability accommodation, Family & Medical Leave Act compliance, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disciplinary action, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and waivers and releases. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Schoonover, who is based in the firm’s State College office, is a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources, Litigation and Land Use & Public Sector Services groups. He has practiced law in the Centre County region since 1997 in both private practice and the corporate setting. Mr. Schoonover has significant experience with Marcellus shale related issues, including contract matters and land use litigation issues. His practice also includes the areas of real estate, corporate/business law, municipal law, litigation, estate planning and estate administration. Mr. Schoonover is a 1995 graduate of the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.

Fornella Elected President of Western PA Chapter of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Leonard Fornella, an attorney in Babst Calland’s Litigation group, was recently elected as President of the Board of Trustees of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, labor and employment law and general commercial litigation on behalf of corporations and other business entities.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 and the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter offices located 300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite # 401, Pittsburgh, PA, 15235.


News from 2011

Babst Calland Picks Up 16 Energy Lawyers from Tucker Arensberg

Babst Calland has continued its focus on energy-driven expansion with the addition of 16 lawyers and two paralegals from the Pittsburgh office of Tucker Arensberg.

The group, led by Bruce Rudoy and Steve Silverman, will join the firm’s natural resources practice. The team consists of mergers & acquisitions and title attorneys along with a litigator in energy. Rudoy was the head of Tucker Arensberg’s energy oil, gas and minerals department and Silverman was the co-chairman of the firm’s technology and intellectual property practice.

Babst Calland’s latest addition follows on the heels of its October launch of a Charleston, WV office, which was opened with a pair of energy attorneys from Charleston-based Jackson Kelly.

Joining Rudoy and Silverman from Tucker Arensberg are Paul Atencio, Heather Brooks, Jonathan Dan, Chris Hall, Josh Hall, Rachel Henry, Leah LaFramboise, Ashley Lypson, Matt Malcho, Scott McKernan, Ashley Resko, James Weaver and Jason Zoeller. Aside from Rudoy and Silverman, Atencio and Malcho were listed as shareholders at Tucker Arensberg. The four shareholders will join as shareholders at Babst Calland and the remaining attorneys will be associates. Click here to read the printed article from the Legal Intelligencer

West Virginia Office Opens

Babst Calland recently announced the opening of its newest office in Charleston, WV at the United Center on Virginia Street.
Click here to read the printed article from the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Marc Felezzola, Meredith Odato and Christina Pro Join the Firm

Marc J. Felezzola, Meredith A. Odato and Christina Pro recently joined downtown Pittsburgh law firm Babst Calland as associates. Mr. Felezzola, an ‘11 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will join the Litigation and Construction Services groups; Ms. Odato also an ‘11 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will join the Environmental, and Energy & Natural Resources groups; and Ms. Pro an ‘11 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law will join the Business Services group.

Winek Appointed to Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee

Michael H. Winek, a shareholder in the Environmental group of Babst Calland, a downtown Pittsburgh law firm, recently was appointed as a member of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) for a two-year term. Mr. Winek, a 1993 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, has extensive experience in a wide range of environmental regulatory programs, with an emphasis on regulatory issues arising under the Clean Air Act. He devotes a substantial amount of time advising clients on complex air permitting for plant expansions and projects. In addition to new source permitting, Mr. Winek advises industrial clients with respect to Title V operating permits, Compliance Assurance Monitoring (CAM) requirements, and self-reporting and compliance certification issues arising under the Title V program. Mr. Winek provides environmental due diligence services and advice as part of acquisitions involving industrial facilities. He represents various industrial facilities in air enforcement cases.

AQTAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and include at least 11 members with technical backgrounds in the control of air pollution from stationary or mobile sources. AQTAC members advise DEP on the technical and economic or other social impacts of existing, new or proposed revisions to pollution control regulations, policies and new control techniques or technologies affecting air. AQTAC, at the request of DEP, may be utilized to provide technical advice on or to review DEP policies, guidance and regulations needed to implement the Clean Air Act. AQTAC also facilitates public participation by encouraging public input on the air quality technical matters under consideration at the committee meetings.