Year: 2019

Babst Calland Expands Washington, D.C. Environmental Practice

Attorney Ben Clapp Joins Firm

Law firm Babst Calland announced today the lateral move of Ben Clapp, who joined as associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and Emerging Technologies practice groups.

For the past decade, Ben Clapp has advised clients on environmental and transactional matters across a wide range of industries including the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sectors, renewable energy, real estate, utilities, chemicals, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and food and beverage.

“Ben’s move to Babst Calland further represents the firm’s commitment to continue to meet the environmental and regulatory needs of our clients,” said James Curry, Managing Shareholder of the D.C. office.  “Ben Clapp is well-known in industry and among key regulators. We’re very pleased that he has joined our team.”

Mr. Clapp has significant experience advising clients on the environmental components of complex transactions, including identifying and analyzing significant environmental liability and compliance issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, securities offerings, project financings, and corporate restructurings.  He works to manage, allocate or mitigate these environmental risks in the client’s best interest.

Mr. Clapp also advises project developers and investors as they encounter state and federal environmental review, facility siting, and permitting requirements, with a particular focus on providing advice on National Environmental Policy Act requirements to clients seeking government agency approvals for large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

Mr. Clapp earned his J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2008 and B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1996.

 

Babst Calland Ranked in 2020 “Best Law Firms”

Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law FirmsTM list nationally in seven practice areas and regionally in 31 practice areas by BL Rankings.
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Babst Calland received the following rankings in the 2020 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

Regional

Pittsburgh

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company-Litigation
  • 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 – Environmental
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law

Charleston-WV

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Mining Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Real Estate Law

Akron

  • Construction Law

Babst Calland A Founding Partner of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition

Babst Calland has joined with area law firms, in-house legal departments, and law schools to form the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (PLD&IC). The Coalition’s mission is to attract and retain people of all races and backgrounds to Pittsburgh, and assist employers in the legal industry for the purpose of increasing the hiring, retention and inclusion of diverse legal professionals. Managing Shareholder Donald C. Bluedorn serves as an officer on the Coalition’s Board. The firm will work collaboratively with PLD&IC and other member organizations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal community.

In addition to Babst Calland, other current Coalition members include: Alcoa, Allegheny County Bar Association, Chevron, Duquesne Light Company, FedEx Ground, FHL Bank Pittsburgh, Highmark Health, Mine Safety Appliances, PPG, and U.S. Steel, and 18 other prominent law firms in Pittsburgh.

Click here to view a video with Babst Calland Attorney Bilal Harris, along with other attorneys from member companies and law firms, discussing the legal profession in Pittsburgh and the importance of the Coalition’s work in the city.

Babst Calland Sponsors The Education Partnership Adopt-a-School Program

Babst Calland is glad to sponsor the Adopt-a-School program with The Education Partnership to provide essential school supplies to the teachers and kids at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy. Each student receives their very own Power Tools Homework Kit. For more information about the Adopt-a-School program, click here.

Babst Calland Member of the ACBA Law Firm Leadership Circle

Babst Calland supports the Allegheny County Bar Association and 2018-2021 Law Firm Leadership Circle campaign to continue to provide much-needed support to our community and profession. For more information about ACBA and its Pro Bono Center Gratitude Report, click here.

 

Anna Skipper Joins Babst Calland

Anna Z. Skipper recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland.

Ms. Skipper’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law with a concentration in general municipal, zoning, subdivision and land development, and code enforcement. She is a 2019 graduate of Boston College Law School.

West Virginia Attorney Moore Capito Joins Babst Calland

Capito Joins Leading Energy Law Firm as Shareholder Based in Charleston, WV Office

PITTSBURGH, PA and CHARLESTON, WV, October 8, 2019 – Babst Calland today announced that West Virginia native Moore Capito has joined the firm’s Charleston office as a shareholder and member of its Corporate and Commercial, Emerging Technologies, and Energy and Natural Resources Groups, effective September 30, 2019.  

For the past decade, Moore Capito has worked for Charleston-based Greylock Energy, formerly known as Energy Corporation of America, where he most recently served as Corporate Counsel and Director of Land.

“I am excited to be joining a well-respected legal team in West Virginia representing such a wide range of clients in West Virginia and throughout the country,” said Capito.

“Moore Capito is well-known in industry and among local, state and federal regulatory agencies and the legislature in West Virginia. We’re very pleased to have him become part of our team,” said Don Bluedorn, Babst Calland’s Managing Shareholder. “His proven leadership and passion for natural gas development and West Virginia are great fits for our entire team, and most importantly for our clients.”

Moore Capito spent the first part of his career in public service, including as a staff member for the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon after he served as a member of The White House advance team traveling in support of the president. His first assignment in Washington, D.C. was working for the House Majority Leader in the United States House of Representatives. Following his assignment at the Pentagon, Mr. Capito attended law school and received his Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

Mr. Capito, son of U.S. Senator for West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito and grandson of the late former West Virginia Governor Arch Moore, was elected in 2016 to the West Virginia House of Delegates for the 35th District. In this capacity, Attorney Capito also served on the West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development and has served as Chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills, Vice Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, as a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee, Political Subdivisions Committee, and Technology and Infrastructure Committee.

“We are thrilled to have Moore join our team in Charleston,” said Steve Green, Managing Shareholder of Babst Calland’s Charleston office. “His experience at the federal and state levels, and his commitment to the oil and gas industry, is a welcome addition to our practice and clients.”

Moore is an active member of the Charleston community, including participating with organizations such as the Rotary Club of Charleston. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Charleston with their two children Eliza and Arch.

Babst Calland Adds Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate, Enhance Legal Contract Review and Document Management

Babst Calland announces the deployment of artificial intelligence to the due diligence and contract review process for capturing and managing critical business information in high-volume corporate and commercial transactions.

Babst Calland is among early law firm adopters to initiate and implement artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics to legal contract review and document management, enhancing efficiency, intelligence and quality while reducing costs for clients.

With the addition of new artificial intelligence software, Babst Calland can now deploy highly-trained machine learning algorithms in its due diligence process resulting in faster, more intelligent contract or document review for clients. The Firm can now rapidly review and execute business contracts quickly and accurately whether the client has 100 or 100,000 documents for review.

Providing measurable value requires experience. Babst Calland and affiliate, Solvaire, have been performing complex due diligence, discovery, and document management projects for clients for more than 20 years. During the past year, together with Solvaire, the firm evaluated numerous options, applications before adopting new artificial intelligence software and designing its proprietary platform with the capacity for handling huge volumes of contracts and documents on an expedited basis.

Now leveraging AI technology, coupled with its proven proprietary process, the firm implements projects more accurately and efficiently than ever before. in fact, manual document review time is cut in half offering clients faster risk assessments and more confident decision-making.

 “Clients are demanding more efficiency and enhancements in the due diligence process for complex deals and transactions, requiring more insight from attorneys, as well as more innovative resources to stay one step ahead in a time-sensitive, highly competitive marketplace. Our state-of-the-art approach, along with our systematic process that applies artificial intelligence technology, provides clients with the latest, flexible solution customized to meet their specific business needs,” said Christian Farmakis, shareholder and chairman of the Board at Babst Calland.

Boyd Stephenson Joins Babst Calland

Boyd A. Stephenson recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Transportation Safety, Emerging Technologies, and Energy and Natural Resources groups.

Mr. Stephenson’s practice includes representing clients nationwide in a variety of pipeline, trucking and hazardous materials matters, including before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Transportation Security Administration. He advises clients on pipeline interpretive and compliance matters, incident response, enforcement proceedings, and rulemaking comment preparation. Mr. Stephenson has drafted and filed regulatory comments to agencies at the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security and to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He has drafted multiple successful preemption petitions with PHMSA regarding state or local laws that impeded hazardous materials transportation. He also designs and leads trainings to help clients comply with the hazardous materials regulations.

As the former senior attorney at a national trade association, Mr. Stephenson is conversant in matters related to nonprofit trade organization management including drafting bylaws, board of directors training, fundraising, copyright, and campaign and election law.

A 2016 graduate, cum laude, of George Mason University School of Law, Mr. Stephenson spent more than a decade working for two national trucking trade associations, primarily representing motor carriers in the hazardous materials and tank-trailer segments.

Mr. Stephenson is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He is not admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar. Mr. Stephenson is currently practicing in D.C. under the supervision of D.C.-licensed attorneys and has applied to the D.C. Bar for admission. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.

Benjamin Wright Joins Babst Calland

Pittsburgh, PA, September 25, 2019 – Benjamin R. Wright recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Construction Group. Mr. Wright has experience in cases involving professional liability claims involving architects and engineers as well as both general contractors and subcontractors. He has handled a wide range of construction disputes and issues for natural gas refineries, schools, churches, parking garages and residential homes, including disputes regarding delay, payment, change orders, differing site conditions, acceleration and inefficiencies.

Mr. Wright has represented clients before state and federal courts including Pennsylvania trial level and appellate courts, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and various jurisdictions in West Virginia on a pro hac vice basis. He has also represented clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including both mediations and arbitrations.

A 2015 graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he served as the Technology Editor on the Editorial Board of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

 

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