Year: 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.

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.

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” by BL Rankings 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 by BL Rankings, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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