Three Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2022 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year”, 31 Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, and 13 Named to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”
August 19, 2021

Babst Calland is pleased to announce that three lawyers were selected as 2022 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, W. Va. (by BL Rankings). 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.

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, professionalism, and integrity. Those named to the 2022 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Kevin K. Douglass, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mark D. Shepard, Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Robert M. Stonestreet, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va.

In addition, 32 Babst Calland lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession:

  • Chester R. Babst – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Donald C. Bluedorn II – Environmental Law, Water Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Dean A. Calland – Environmental Law
  • Matthew S. Casto – Commercial Litigation
  • Frank J. Clements – Corporate Law
  • Kathy K. Condo – Commercial Litigation
  • James Curry – Oil and Gas Law
  • Julie R. Domike – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Kevin K. Douglass – Natural Resources Law
  • Christian A. Farmakis – Corporate Law
  • Kevin J. Garber – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Water Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Norman E. Gilkey – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Mediation
  • Steven M. Green – Energy Law
  • Lindsay P. Howard – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Blaine A. Lucas – Energy Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • John A. McCreary – Labor Law – Management
  • Janet L. McQuaid – Environmental Law
  • James D. Miller – Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
  • Timothy M. Miller – Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Jean M. Mosites – Environmental Law
  • Christopher B. Power – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Mining Law, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Regulatory
    Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Municipal
  • Joseph K. Reinhart – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Bruce F. Rudoy – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law
  • Charles F.W. Saffer – Real Estate Law
  • Mychal Sommer Schulz – Litigation – ERISA
  • Mark D. Shepard – Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation – Environmental
  • Steven B. Silverman – Information Technology Law, Commercial Litigation
  • Krista-Ann M. Staley – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Laura Stone – Corporate Law
  • Robert M. Stonestreet – Environmental Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation
  • David E. White – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Michael H. Winek – Environmental Law

13 Babst Calland lawyers were also named to the 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list which recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States:

  • Mary H. Binker – Corporate Law and Real Estate Law
  • Katrina N. Bowers – Energy Law and Environmental Law
  • Carla M. Castello – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor and Employment and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Marissa A. Cocciolone – Energy Law
  • Nicholas M. Faas – Administrative / Regulatory Law and Government Relations Practice
  • Marc J. Felezzola – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Alyssa Golfieri – Land Use and Zoning Law and Municipal Law
  • Sean R. Keegan – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jennifer L. Malik – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • James D. Mazzocco – Litigation – Environmental and Transportation Law
  • Cary M. Snyder – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, and Communications Law
  • Joshua S. Snyder – Commercial Litigation and Energy Law
  • Benjamin R. Wright – Commercial Litigation and Construction Law

Best Lawyers undergoes an authentication process, and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America is based solely on peer review and is divided by geographic region and practice areas. 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. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

Keith Coyle Gives Testimony on the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Pipelines at the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Hearing
August 17, 2021

In his testimony on August 17, 2021 at the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee public hearing on the Environmental and Economic Benefit of Pipelines, Babst Calland Attorney Keith Coyle, chairman of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Pipeline Safety Workgroup, explains, “As long as we are relying on fossil fuels to produce power, we need pipelines to deliver them safely. …It’s pretty clear we are going to be relying on natural gas and petroleum for some time. There is no other way to do this safely and to move product in bulk besides these pipelines.”

To view the video of the full public hearing of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on the Environmental and Economic Benefits of Pipelines, click here. 

Donald C. Bluedorn II Elected as Active Fellow to The American College of Environmental Lawyers
August 2, 2021

The American College of Environmental Lawyers

Babst Calland Managing Shareholder Donald C. Bluedorn II was recently elected as an Active Fellow to The American College of Environmental Lawyers for 2021.

The American College of Environmental Lawyers announced that this year it has elected 22 new Active Fellows and two Honorary Fellows to membership in the College. Each individual was selected for his or her distinguished experience, high standards of practice and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law.

ACOEL President, Mary Ellen Ternes, partner with Earth & Water Law, LLC, stated, “The 22 lawyers elected as Fellows to the College represent the best environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia, and private practice from across the country. Our new Fellows have earned this recognition based on their career achievements and as leaders in the broad and diverse areas of environmental law and policy. Our Honorary Fellows have distinguished themselves for their substantial contributions as leaders in thought and action regarding Environmental Justice.“

ACOEL Press Release

The 2021 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Perspectives at a Transformational Time for the U.S. Energy Industry
June 30, 2021

Babst Calland today published its 11th annual energy industry report: The 2021 Babst Calland Report – Legal & Regulatory Perspectives for the U.S. Energy Industry. Each of our nation’s energy sectors is impacted by local, state and federal policies, many of which are addressed in this inclusive report on legal and regulatory developments for the energy industry in the United States.

The Babst Calland Report represents the timely collective perspectives of more than 45 energy attorneys on the current state of the U.S. natural gas and oil, coal, and renewable energy sectors. For the first time, this Report is presented as an easy-to-navigate digital site featuring 12 sections, addressing the following key topics:

  • Business Outlook for the U.S. Energy Industry
  • Climate Change Initiatives from the Biden Administration
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Priorities
  • Environmental Law Developments
  • Environmental Justice Issues
  • Appalachian Basin Regional Developments
  • Coal Mining Regulatory Changes
  • Expansion of the U.S. Renewable Energy Market
  • Real Estate & Land Use Developments
  • Litigation Trends
  • Changes in Employment & Labor Law
  • Emerging Technologies Affecting the Energy Industry

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “The energy industry, once again, is at an inflection point and a moment of resiliency as it experiences a rebound in pricing and recovers from the impact of the global pandemic. Evidenced by the signing of several Executive Orders, President Biden has made climate change a focal point of U.S. energy policy. The full impact of the new administration’s “government-wide” approach to regulatory and social environmental policies will be unclear for months.

“This transformational time promises to bring significant changes for the U.S. energy industry. It is vital for any energy organization to consider the forewarnings, the risks, and the legal and regulatory implications to its business.”

Report Features Video Commentary from  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

This edition features commentary from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who spoke with Babst Calland energy clients at a special briefing on June 25, 2021. A link to the webinar recording is available in this Report.

To request a copy of The 2021 Babst Calland Report, click here.

Updates on key developments in energy and natural resources law beyond this Report are available directly by the attorneys who represent clients in a wide spectrum of industry sectors and legal practice areas.

 

Babst Calland Member of the ACBA Law Firm Leadership Circle
October 15, 2019

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.

 

Tim Goodman Interviews NHTSA’s Chris Perry on Regulatory Oversight, Recalls and Safety Standards
July 31, 2019

Mobility, Transport & Safety Practice Leader Tim Goodman interviewed NHTSA’s Christopher Perry, the agency’s chief legal officer for enforcement, on regulatory oversight, recalls and safety standards at ACI’s annual Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference in Chicago on July 19. Chris Perry described NHTSA’s regulatory approach as promoting communication and innovation, including in AV technology, while maintaining NHTSA’s mission of safety.

For more information, click here.