Babst Calland named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations
March 11, 2021

Babst Calland has been named to this year’s Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 Organizations” list and profiled in its Signature Top 100 issue. Nominations were taken throughout the publication’s 23-county coverage area, and the final organizations were selected by an editorial committee due to their positive impacts in the business community of central Pennsylvania.

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Jean Mosites named to Pennsylvania Business Central 2021 Top 100 People
February 3, 2021

This has been a year like no other! Our annual Top 100 People edition highlights the vibrant economic and social life of central Pennsylvania by honoring the people who make it happen. When goods or services are delivered in an efficient and timely manner, expertise and knowledge brought to bear on a problem, or necessary care provided, it’s not just the businesses and the institutions – but the people behind them that get the job done. We all know that powerhouse individual – the person with the vision, dedication and drive to not only complete the task, but to envision, expand and excel. We are fascinated by the impact a single individual can have on their workplace, their community and the lives of those around them. The stories of these individuals can provide instruction, inspiration and the motivation to raise our own standard of excellence. That is why we take great pride in bringing you Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People for 2021!

As always, we reached out to community leaders, local chambers of commerce, and you, our loyal readers, to identify those individuals whose unique contributions have set them apart as leaders. We received a wealth of nominations that reflect the rich diversity of central Pennsylvania and its business community. So many deserving nominations in such a challenging year, that we had to expand our list of honorees – and so we are proud to honor 120 outstanding leaders in this year’s edition!

In selecting this year’s honorees, we wanted to show the full spectrum of leadership – from the small entrepreneur to the CEO of a large corporation – that helps shape our communities and our lives. And while every story is unique, we think you’ll find that these honorees share a dedication to hard work, dynamic leadership and the pursuit of excellence.

Many of you probably know some of these distinguished honorees. These are the people who run companies, volunteer in their community and raise families – they are our neighbors and our friends – the ones who give that extra effort that makes all the difference. We hope that you will enjoy learning about them as much as we did. We are proud to honor them.

As a companion to this edition, we are looking forward to our Top 100 Organizations signature edition, which will publish in February, celebrating the best in central Pennsylvania’s businesses, non-profits and brands.

Jean Mosites is a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Sector groups. She counsels clients on environmental compliance, resolves liabilities under federal and state remediation programs, and represents clients in administrative, state and federal courts. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. She is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Environmental Law Section. Jean serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section Council and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. She frequently writes articles and presents educational and training programs on environmental law. She also actively supports community service organizations including the Education Partnership and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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Explore Solvaire: Babst Calland’s Affiliated Alternative Legal Service Provider
January 27, 2021

We understand the unprecedented challenges facing our organizations. Now, more than ever, we realize how critical it is for our clients to seek cost efficiencies while making legal, operational, financial and ‘game changing’ business decisions.

Solvaire, Babst Calland’s affiliated Alternative Legal Service Provider – with its enhanced AI-enabled processes and machine learning capabilities – can help to increase efficiency, while lowering project costs. For more than 21 years, Solvaire has effectively designed, performed, and implemented complex buy-side diligence projects, discovery projects and tailored document management solutions. Solvaire’s track record and satisfied clients speak for themselves.

Check out Solvaire’s new website and request a free consultation to learn how Solvaire can work with your team to provide superior diligencediscovery and document management services – on time, with accuracy and consistency and within a budget that provides price certainty.

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On behalf of Babst Calland and Solvaire, we look forward to serving you on your next project.

Chris Farmakis
Chairman, Babst Calland
President, Solvaire

Babst Calland Names Three New Shareholders: Ben Clapp, Alyssa Golfieri and Gary Steinbauer
January 1, 2021

Babst Calland recently named Ben Clapp, Alyssa E. Golfieri, and Gary E. Steinbauer as shareholders in the Firm.

Ben Clapp is a member of the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and Emerging Technologies groups. Mr. Clapp advises 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, and works to resolve, manage, allocate or mitigate these environmental risks in the client’s best interest.  Mr. Clapp assists buyers, sellers, financing sources, and underwriters in transactions taking place 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.

Mr. Clapp is a 2008 graduate, cum laude, of the American University Washington College of Law.

Alyssa E. Golfieri is a member of the Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Golfieri’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law, with an emphasis on zoning, subdivision, land development, and municipal ordinance enforcement. Ms. Golfieri represents the Firm’s municipal clients on a wide array of local government issues, including the preparation of zoning and land development ordinances pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the processing of land development applications, responses to record requests submitted under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, navigation of public bidding matters, abatement of property maintenance issues, defense of Notices of Violations before zoning hearing boards and magisterial district judges, and compliance with both the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Ms. Golfieri has also served as assistant solicitor for several years, and is currently the solicitor for the Borough of Ford City.

Ms. Golfieri is a 2012 graduate, cum laude, of Duquesne University School of Law.

Gary E. Steinbauer is a member of the Environmental group. Mr. Steinbauer leverages his experience as a former lawyer for the U.S. EPA to help clients on a wide variety of matters arising under major federal and state environmental and regulatory programs. He provides strategic advice on permitting matters, day-to-day compliance needs, government investigations, and enforcement actions. Mr. Steinbauer regularly works with companies in the power generation and distribution, mining, metals, chemical, oil and gas, healthcare and other industrial sectors. He also represents municipalities, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Steinbauer devotes a significant portion of his practice to water resources and wastewater management and permitting. He regularly advises clients on issues arising under the Clean Water Act and related state programs regulating wastewater and storm water discharges, and he handles NPDES permitting matters and appeals. He also assists clients as they navigate matters involving the Clean Air Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and similar state laws.

Mr. Steinbauer is a 2006 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Toledo Law School.

Mr. Steinbauer is a 2006 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Toledo Law School.

Babst Calland Ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”
November 5, 2020

Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list nationally in eight practice areas and regionally in 31 practice areas:

  • National Tier 2
    • Environmental Law
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Litigation – Environmental
  • National Tier 3
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Mining Law
    • Natural Resources Law
    • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    •  Pittsburgh
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Construction Law
      • Corporate Law
      • Energy Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Information Technology Law
      • Land Use & Zoning Law
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
      • Municipal Law
      • Natural Resources Law
      • Water Law
    •  Charleston-WV
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Energy Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2
    • Pittsburgh
      • Labor Law – Management
    • Charleston-WV
      • Mining Law
      • Natural Resources Law
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3
    •  Pittsburgh
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    •  Charleston-WV
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Litigation – ERISA
      • Real Estate Law
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Environmental Law
      • Litigation – Environmental

Firms included in the 2021 “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.

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.

The 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan-based practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the nationally ranked practice areas.

Cary Snyder Joins Babst Calland
September 8, 2020

Cary M. Snyder recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Litigation Group.

Mr. Snyder primarily works in the areas of complex commercial litigation and appellate practice. He has experience in all stages of litigation, from drafting complaints through dispositive motions, discovery, settlement, and trial. He also represents clients in matters before federal and state appellate courts.

Prior to joining Babst Calland, he was an associate in the Cleveland, Ohio office of a regional law firm where he defended colleges and universities in matters involving claims of defamation, breach of contract, and gender discrimination under Title IX, as well as retailers and other businesses in class action litigation. Mr. Snyder also worked as an associate in the Pittsburgh office of an international law firm where he focused on complex litigation and government regulatory matters on behalf of health care providers. He also defended one of the big three credit bureaus in claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mr. Snyder is a 2011 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Minnesota Law School.

Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year”, 32 Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, and 12 Named to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”
August 20, 2020

Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five lawyers were selected as 2021 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 2021 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Kevin J. Garber, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Water Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Timothy M. Miller, Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Timothy Miller was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Environmental.

Christopher B. “Kip” Power, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kip Power was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in 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, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Joseph Reinhart was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental.

Mychal Sommer Schulz, Litigation – ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Mychal Schulz was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – ERISA.

In addition, 32 Babst Calland lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2021Edition 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

Twelve Babst Calland lawyers were also named to 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 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 and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Marissa A. Cocciolone – Energy Law
  • Marc J. Felezzola – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Brittany A. Fox – Energy Law
  • Alyssa Golfieri – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Sean R. Keegan – Commercial Litigation
  • James D. Mazzocco – Litigation – Environmental
  • Joshua S. Snyder – Commercial Litigation and Energy Law
  • Andrew V. Terranova – Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions 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.

The 2020 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Challenges for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
June 23, 2020

Oversupply and pandemic bring on need to adapt to a changing market

PITTSBURGH – Babst Calland today published its 10th annual energy industry report: The 2020 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators. 

In this Report more than 50 energy attorneys provide perspective on the current state of the U.S. natural gas and oil production industry and its growth to historic highs due to more than a decade of advances in on-shore horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing. It asserts that despite current challenges, a maturing shale industry is poised for future growth as natural gas and oil producers have driven down the costs of production. Transportation options for moving these natural resources from growing areas of production to customers continue to be built, even with new hurdles from regulators and other stakeholders.

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “The U.S. natural gas and oil industry has experienced tremendous growth and change since we first published this Report in 2011. Fast forward to an unprecedented 2020 with a pandemic, a corresponding economic slow-down and oversupply of natural gas and crude oil. With increased public and government pressure, sustained low prices, and less-reliable financing options, resiliency will continue to be the driving force of a dynamic energy market that continues to evolve.

Report highlights

The Babst Calland Report is an annual review of the issues and trends at the federal, state and local level in the oil and gas industry over the past year. The 102-page Report covers a range of topics from the industry’s business outlook, regulatory enforcement and rulemaking to developments in pipeline safety and litigation trends. The Firm’s collective legal experience and perspectives on these and related business developments are highlighted in this Report, including those summarized below:

  • Long-term, U.S. energy production appears poised to continue to outstrip domestic consumption due in some measure to increased consumption efficiency, along with the obvious ramifications from the natural gas revolution.
  • The regulatory environment is focused on climate change, reducing emissions, water quality developments, and enforcement. Increased volumes of written agency guidance, enforcement, and penalties continue to challenge the industry.
  • Citizens groups continue to actively challenge federal and state initiatives designed to expand natural gas and oil development, creating delays and uncertainties.
  • Land use and zoning challenges continue at the local level. Increasing industry headwinds have resulted in a slowdown of new permitting activity amid ongoing challenges and ordinance restrictions.
  • Public interest in pipeline safety has grown amid opposition and new rules from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in response to increased public and congressional pressure to initiate and finalize new or revised pipeline safety regulations. Operators seek to install new or replace existing pipelines throughout the U.S. while advocacy groups aggressively oppose many pipeline projects.
  • Title legislation and court decisions vary by state and basin. In Pennsylvania, for example, Act 85 took effect in January 2020 and defines the conditions in which oil and gas producers may drill a lateral wellbore that crosses between two or more pooled units.
  • Although 2019 saw renewed claims of adverse health effects allegedly related to oil and gas development, support for such claims continues to be limited, as now noted by numerous publications.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems take hold in the energy sector. Despite the pandemic and its impacts, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have emerged as essential tools for the energy industry for conducting complex inspection and monitoring of difficult to access infrastructure and locations.
  • From a workforce standpoint, COVID-19 conditions and other wage and hour regulations, amendments to the Family Medical Leave Act, and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act have had an impact on companies across the country.

The natural gas and oil industry continues to expand its reach and impact on U.S. energy supply and independence. Each company has its own set of opportunities and challenges to navigate based on its financing, debt, shareholder goals, and operations and infrastructure footprint. Nonetheless, the United States’ plentiful supply of natural gas and oil is expected to continue to fuel the country’s economic future and support national security.

Request a copy of the Report

Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources attorneys support clients operating in multiple locations throughout the nation’s shale plays. To request a copy of the Report, contact info@babstcalland.com.

Babst Calland Lands 2024 Space Mission Legal Work for Astrobotic
May 11, 2020

Firm to Develop Legal/Commercial Framework for Payload Service for NASA’s Artemis Human Landing System

PITTSBURGH, PA – Babst Calland today announced that under a recently announced NASA award, Astrobotic Technologies, Inc. (Astrobotic) has selected the firm to develop what could become the first-of-its-kind blueprint for commercial payload delivery to space for the Artemis human missions as well as future human-crewed space missions.

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic will be developing the commercial payload service for Dynetics (a Leidos subsidiary), one of three prime contractors (alongside SpaceX and Blue Origin) selected by NASA to design and build a commercial Human Landing System (HLS) and compete to build a privately-developed system to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 as part of the NASA Artemis program.

“As the leading lunar payload delivery provider, we are thrilled to begin setting up this new business  model onboard the Dynetics human lander,” said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton. “With payload expertise from our Peregrine and Griffin lunar lander programs, we are well-positioned to extend our payload services to include the new lunar lander. We’re helping to develop and set the standard for the commercial payload market, and that is very exciting,” added Thornton.

Dynetics is leading a broad coalition of industry partners, including Astrobotic, to not only send humans back to the lunar surface, but to also help companies, governments, universities, and nonprofits across the globe send non-human payloads onboard the Artemis Human Lander System. Such payloads can include critical instruments, project and infrastructure products and materials that can support human activities on the lunar surface.

“Helping to launch this new mission to the Moon and to develop the commercial, policy and regulatory framework for its payload delivery business is an exciting opportunity for Astrobotic, all of its partners, and for our team of attorneys at Babst Calland, “ said Justine M. Kasznica, Outside General Counsel for Astrobotic, and Chair of the Firm’s Emerging Technologies practice.

“It’s exciting to be a part of such a groundbreaking opportunity as a legal partner to Astrobotic,” said Donald C. Bluedorn II, Managing Shareholder at Babst Calland.  “We are thrilled to be involved in this important role for our national space program.”

Babst Calland Attorney Jean M. Mosites Appointed to the EHB Rules Committee
March 4, 2020

Jean M. Mosites was recently appointed by Rep. Mike Turzai, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. Committee members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms.

The Rules Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding procedural rules for matters brought before the EHB. The Committee consists of nine attorneys who are in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and who have practiced before the Board for a minimum of three years or who have comparable experience.

As a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources practice groups, Ms. Mosites has extensive experience representing clients in administrative appeals and environmental litigation in state and federal courts and before the Environmental Hearing Board in Pennsylvania, as well as counseling on environmental compliance and resolving liabilities under federal and state law.

Christian Farmakis Featured Speaker at Dealmakers Conference
February 12, 2020

Law firm Babst Calland will participate at the 2020 Smart Business Dealmakers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. on March 5 at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

The conference will feature middle-market CEOs, top private equity and venture capital firms, major lenders and leading service providers participating in sessions that cover the breadth of the merger and acquisition landscape addressing such topics as buying a business, selling a business, financing a deal, liquidity events, merging operations, alternative investing and more.

Attorney Christian A. Farmakis will join a group of recognized entrepreneurs and business experts in discussing Transaction Audits: How to prepare your company for any type of deal.

For more information about the Dealmakers conference, or to register to attend, visit: https://www.smartbusinessdealmakers.com/pittsburgh//event/

Elizabeth A. Dupuis named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 People”
February 5, 2020

Elizabeth A. Dupuis has been named to this year’s Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 People” list and profiled in its 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.

Betsy Dupuis has practiced law in Central Pennsylvania since 1997, most recently as Managing Shareholder at law firm Babst Calland’s State College office. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions, business planning and formation, commercial and contract litigation, estate planning and administration. She is also a licensed title agent in Pennsylvania and conducts commercial real estate closings through MidState Closing Company, a Babst Calland affiliate.

Among other honors, she is a graduate of Leadership Centre County and was recognized by LCC with the Community Leadership Association’s Distinguished Leader Award. She is the incoming chair for the National Association of Home Builders Legal Action Committee. She presently serves on the boards of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry (CBICC), the Central Pennsylvania Risk Management Association, and the Pennsylvania Builders Association. She is a past Chair of the Centre County United Way and the Palmer Museum of Art Gala.

She was recently re-appointed for a second four-year term as Solicitor for Centre County.

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Babst Calland Names Hicks Shareholder
January 8, 2020

PITTSBURGH – Babst Calland recently named Jennifer J. Hicks shareholder in the Firm.

Jennifer Hicks is a member of the Litigation, Environmental, Employment and Labor, and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Hicks has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia. These include breach of contract, employment, environmental, nuisance, trespass, property damage, premises liability, product liability, consumer protection, partition, unknown heirs, criminal, and landlord-tenant, among others. Ms. Hicks has both trial and appellate court experience, including jury trials, and has also litigated before administrative agencies.

Ms. Hicks is a 2010 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

Babst Calland Expands Environmental Practice
January 8, 2020

Attorney Richard S. Wiedman Joins Firm

PITTSBURGH, PA – Babst Calland announced today the addition of veteran environmental attorney, Richard S. Wiedman, who joined as a shareholder at the Firm’s Pittsburgh headquarters.

Mr. Wiedman is joining Babst Calland’s team of highly-focused environmental attorneys in providing senior-level legal and regulatory counsel, particularly in the areas of environmental, permitting, environmental business counseling, and environmental litigation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rick to our Firm and to our established team in Pittsburgh. I have known Rick for over 30 years and he is a natural fit for us as he shares our values, experience, and philosophy in serving clients, some with whom we already have existing relationships,” said Donald C. Bluedorn II, Managing Shareholder of Babst Calland. “Rick is a great addition as we continue to expand Babst Calland’s team and capabilities to serve the needs of existing and new clients across the country.”

Since 1980, Mr. Wiedman has represented clients before federal and state environmental agencies, and counseled clients on regulatory compliance issues and environmental considerations in a variety of business transactions. He also devotes significant time to the negotiation and prosecution of environmental permit and regulatory challenges, the defense of federal and state enforcement actions, and the representation of clients in remedial action/corrective action and cost recovery matters under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and their state counterparts.

His experience reflects the interrelationship of the major regulatory programs as they pertain to industrial activities. Many of the projects with which he is involved require the coordination of multidisciplinary efforts where creative engineering and technical approaches are often critical to the development and success of legal and regulatory strategy. In this regard, he works closely with experts and outside consultants in diverse fields including engineering design, analytical and applied chemistry, hydro-geology, marine biology, meteorology, and computer dispersion modeling.

 

Commenting about his lateral move to the Firm, Mr. Wiedman said, “I am pleased to be joining Babst Calland’s well-established environmental team representing industry. It is an exciting time for me to become part of a nationally-recognized firm grounded in environmental law.”

 

Mr. Wiedman earned his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Babst Calland Expands Washington, D.C. Environmental Practice
December 19, 2019

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”
November 1, 2019
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.
Firms included in the 2020 “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. 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, professionalism and integrity.

 

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
November 1, 2019

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
November 1, 2019

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.

Anna Skipper Joins Babst Calland
October 10, 2019

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
October 8, 2019

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
October 2, 2019

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
September 26, 2019

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
September 25, 2019

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.

 

Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2020 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” and 38 Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©
August 15, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 15, 2019 – Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five lawyers were selected as 2020 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 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Donald C. Bluedorn II, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Donald Bluedorn was also listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, and Water Law.

Kevin J. Garber, Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Water Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Blaine A. Lucas, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Blaine Lucas was also listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law, and Litigation – Land Use and Zoning.

Timothy M. Miller, Oil and Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W.Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Timothy Miller was also listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Litigation – Environmental.

Christopher B. “Kip” Power, Litigation – Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W.Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kip Power was also listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in 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, and Litigation – Municipal.

In addition, 38 Babst Calland lawyers were selected in 26 practice areas for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession:

  • Justin D. Ackerman – Real Estate Law
  • Richard J. Antonelli – Litigation – Labor and Employment, Labor Law – Management, Employment Law – Management
  • Chester R. Babst – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Steven F. Baicker-McKee – Environmental Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental
  • Donald C. Bluedorn – 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
  • Kurt F. Fernsler – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • 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
  • Steven M. Green – Energy Law
  • Lindsay P. Howard – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • D. Matthew Jameson – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Richard J. Lolli – Construction Law
  • 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 – 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
  • Richard W. Saxe – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Mychal Sommer Schulz – Litigation – ERISA
  • Mark D. Shepard – Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation – Environmental
  • Steven B. Silverman – Information Technology Law, Commercial Litigation
  • 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

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.

Hunter, Perri and Podsobinski Join Babst Calland
August 5, 2019

Attorneys Derek G. Hunter, Maura K. Perri and Zane L. Podsobinski joined law firm Babst Calland in the Firm’s Mineral Title department in the Energy and Natural Resources Group with focused practices 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.

Derek G. Hunter is a 2019 graduate of Penn State Law. He previously served as an intern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Maura K. Perri is a 2019 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. She previously served as a law clerk for the City of Pittsburgh Department of Law.

Zane L. Podsobinski is a 2019 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. He won the Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Writing Competition and received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Environmental Law, International Law, Criminal Procedure, and Sanctions, Sentencing and Corrections.

 

Resideo Acquires LifeWhere, Expanding Remote Monitoring And Predictive Maintenance Capabilities
June 27, 2019

Babst Calland congratulates our friends at LifeWhere on their successful exit. We are proud to have represented you from formation through exit. Resideo and the LifeWhere team are well-positioned to continue the growth opportunities afforded by the LifeWhere technology.

Chris Farmakis, Sara Antol and Michael Fink from Babst Calland’s Emerging Technologies Group represented LifeWhere in the sale.

For more information, click here.

Report Highlights Federal, State and Local Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
June 18, 2019

Natural gas production continues to increase in each of the nation’s seven largest shale basins

PITTSBURGH, June 18, 2019 – Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2019 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry: Federal, State and Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators. 

In this Report, Babst Calland energy attorneys provide perspective on issues, challenges, opportunities and recent developments in the oil and gas industry that are relevant to producers and midstream operators.

According to the International Energy Agency, “the second wave of the U.S. shale revolution is coming” and the United States will account for a 70 percent increase in global oil production and a 75 percent expansion in LNG trade in the next five years.

On a year-over-year basis, natural gas production continues to increase in each of the seven largest shale basins in the United States. Most notably, oil and natural gas production is being driven by three of the largest producing basins including Appalachia in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, and the Haynesville Basin in southwestern Arkansas, northwest Louisiana, and east Texas.

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “Domestic shale producers and operators continue to face myriad legal and regulatory challenges by regulatory agencies, the courts, activists, and the market. This annual review is a snapshot of the issues and trends on the federal, state and local level in the oil and gas industry over the past year.”

The 92-page Babst Calland Report covers a range of topics from the industry’s business outlook, regulatory enforcement and rulemaking to developments in pipeline safety and litigation trends. A few of the Report’s highlights include:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports both oil and dry natural gas production set U.S. records this year. Oil production hit 12.4 million barrels per day in May, natural gas soared above 90 billion cubic feet per day. U.S. production of gas liquids also set records and now account for over a quarter of U.S. petroleum product output.
  • This year, the oil and gas industry received mixed messages regarding environmental matters. On the federal level, the Trump administration generally loosened regulatory and/or statutory constraints, such as narrowing the Clean Water Act definition of “Waters of the United States.” In contrast, at the state level, some agencies introduced or considered more rigorous standards, including Pennsylvania’s proposed cap-and-trade program.
  • Public interest in pipeline safety has grown significantly in recent years. Consequently, operators’ installation of new pipeline infrastructure to transport energy products from the nation’s shale plays to domestic and foreign markets has resulted in increased scrutiny.
  • In Pennsylvania, the contours of the Robinson Township II decision continue to be litigated and legislated by local governing bodies, while the Commonwealth Court provided clarity concerning a municipality’s right to determine the location of oil and gas operations. In West Virginia, the extent of a county government’s ability to investigate alleged nuisances is being considered in the state’s highest court. In Colorado, new legislation has empowered local governments to take a much more active role in regulating oil and gas development.
  • Significant title issues concerning oil and gas property rights continue to be addressed in states in shale plays throughout the country. The desire to improve efficiencies has resulted in the use of allocation wells and cross unit drilling, particularly in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Nuisance claims, alleging that excessive noise, traffic, dust, light, air pollution and impaired water quality interfere with the use and enjoyment of private property, continue to be asserted across the shale plays.
  • An increasing number of oil and gas companies recognize the advancements in commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology and the utility and cost savings associated with using UAS to inspect and monitor assets such as pipelines and infrastructure.

After more than a decade, the shale gas industry continues to expand its reach and impact on our country’s energy supply and independence. Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources attorneys support clients operating in multiple locations throughout the nation’s shale plays. To request a copy of the Report, contact info@babstcalland.com.

Babst Calland Opens Houston Office,
Merges with Attorneys from the Chambers Law Firm, PLLC
June 5, 2019

Les Chambers, Ryan Chambers, Coleman Anglin and Nataliya Tipton Join the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 5, 2019 – Babst Calland announced today the opening of a new office in Houston, Texas, and merger with attorneys of The Chambers Law Firm, a prominent Houston law firm.

Les R. Chambers, Ryan A. Chambers, and Coleman G. Anglin join the Firm as shareholders, and Nataliya K. Tipton as associate.

These Houston-based attorneys represent clients on a variety of legal and regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of oil and gas, property, and transactional law and all aspects of oil and gas title examination and analysis process for exploration and production companies in the Mid-Continent (including Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma) and Appalachian Basin.

Commenting on these developments, Donald C. Bluedorn II, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “These highly-regarded oil and gas attorneys are a natural fit in advancing our Firm’s vision to continue to expand our geographic footprint to serve clients’ needs in the development of the Permian Basin and other major and emerging shale plays in the country.”

“Our nationally-recognized multidisciplinary team of experienced energy attorneys, along with the resources of our new Houston office, offer our clients exceptional regional and national legal representation to help navigate challenges and opportunities to succeed in the oil and gas industry.”

“We are very excited to be joining Babst Calland,” said Les Chambers.  “The vast experience of our respective firms in the energy and natural resource sector, along with the diversity of practice areas and significant support staff at Babst Calland, will create a synergy that will greatly enhance the services we can provide to both our individual and mutual clients across the country.”

Les Chambers, the managing shareholder of Babst Calland’s Houston office, concentrates his practice in the areas of oil, gas and mineral title examination and opinions, oil and gas transactions, property law, as well as assisting clients on a wide range of energy matters including negotiating and drafting oil and gas contracts, leases, due diligence examination and analysis, pipeline acquisitions and surface use and seismic agreements.

Ryan Chambers, Coleman Anglin, and Nataliya Tipton also focus their practice on a wide range of oil, gas, and mineral-related matters including title opinions, title examination, due diligence, business and land transactions, operating agreements, litigation, and contractual and regulatory issues.

“The addition of our Houston office supports our strategy to expand Babst Calland’s team and capabilities to serve the needs of existing and new oil and gas clients in the Permian, San Juan, and Eagle Ford Basins as well as the Mid-Continent,” said Bruce F. Rudoy, Co-Chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group.

The Firm’s new Houston, Texas office is located in The Woodlands, Texas.

About Babst Calland

Babst Calland was founded in 1986 and has represented environmental, energy and corporate clients since its inception. The Firm has grown to more than 150 attorneys who concentrate on the current and emerging needs of clients. This team of attorneys has focused law practices in construction, corporate and commercial, creditors’ rights and insolvency, employment and labor, energy and natural resources, environmental, litigation, pipeline and hazardous materials safety, public sector, real estate and transportation safety.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., Babst Calland also has offices in Canton, Ohio, Charleston, W. Va., Houston, Texas, Sewell, N.J., State College, Pa., and Washington, D.C. Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in seven practice areas and regionally in 29 practice areas, and the firm’s attorneys have also been included in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America© by BL Rankings. The firm has also been acknowledged in the 2019 Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. For more information, including attorney profiles, visit babstcalland.com.

Babst Calland Expands Washington, D.C. Environmental and Mobility, Transport and Safety Practices
May 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – May 13, 2019 – Babst Calland announced today the lateral move of Gina Falaschi, who joined as associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in the Environmental, Mobility, Transport and Safety, and Litigation practice groups.

Ms. Falaschi’s move to Babst Calland, along with Julie Domike, another seasoned environmental attorney who recently joined Babst Calland as shareholder in late April, further represents the firm’s commitment to meet clients’ needs related to environmental and emissions mobile source services before EPA, the California Air Resources Board, and other regulatory agencies as a part of its best-in-class team.

Ms. Falaschi provides advice to clients in the energy, transportation, and technology sectors regarding environmental regulatory compliance.  She has assisted companies with disclosure of regulatory violations to state and federal agencies, and has counseled clients in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. EPA, and California Air Resources Board. In addition to counseling on compliance issues, she has worked with technology and energy companies in developing new projects and has advised clients on regulatory issues arising from joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions.

She has litigated cases in federal court, represented clients in administrative cases before various federal agencies, and has experience with administrative rule challenges before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Ms. Falaschi is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Ms. Falaschi earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016 and her A.B., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2013.

Veteran Environmental Attorney Joins Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. Office
May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – May 6, 2019 – Babst Calland today announced the lateral move of Julie Domike, a veteran environmental attorney, who joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as shareholder, effective April 29.

Ms. Domike will provide senior-level legal counsel in key practice areas including Environmental, Mobility, Transport and Safety, and Litigation. Ms. Domike has represented numerous clients across the country in complex negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA, resulting in global settlements affecting multiple company facilities. Much of Ms. Domike’s practice involves permitting and other issues under the Clean Air Act, addressing issues associated both with mobile and stationary sources.  Ms. Domike has worked with companies engaged in developing new projects or modifying existing plants, and she has worked with clients on environmental audits and subsequent correction and disclosure to state and federal environmental agencies.

Having previously served as an attorney and manager at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters, Ms. Domike understands the Agency’s enforcement approach and counsels clients to engage with EPA in rulemaking, and enforcement. She has represented a variety of companies that have been the focus of EPA’s regulations, including refineries, engine manufacturers, independent power producers, chemical plants, fuel producers, and construction and farm equipment makers.

Commenting about this lateral move to the Firm, Donald C. Bluedorn II, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Julie to our Firm and to our established team in Washington, D.C. She is a natural fit for us and her experience further complements the existing synergies that we offer clients, particularly in the Energy, Mobility, and Transportation industries.”

Julie Domike’s arrival at Babst Calland also represents sustained growth in the Mobility practice, led by Firm shareholder Tim Goodman, responding to our clients’ requests to provide environmental and emissions mobile source services before EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and other regulatory agencies as a part of our best-in-class team.”

“As an attorney focused on environmental law, I am pleased to be joining a well-established, multidisciplinary legal team representing clients in the various industries where I have served ” said Attorney Julie Domike.

“Since opening Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. office in 2016, we have grown to 10 professionals focused on serving clients in the energy, mobility, emerging technologies and transportation sectors. Julie brings a new dimension to our team, and allows the firm to better serve our clients throughout the country.” said James Curry, managing shareholder of the Washington, D.C. office.

Farone, Harris, Hido and Oven Join Babst Calland
April 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA, April 29, 2019 – Attorneys Alexandra G. Farone, Bilal M. Harris, Daniel P. Hido and Amy T. Oven joined Babst Calland.

Alexandra G. Farone is an associate in the Litigation and Employment and Labor groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Farone has a broad range of litigation experience in several practice areas including complex commercial litigation, premises liability, employment, construction, and oil and gas law. She also has experience counseling corporate clients regarding employment matters including best practices and procedures, and compliance with the FLSA, ADA, ADEA and Title VII. She is a 2017 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Bilal M. Harris is an associate in the Firm’s Environmental Group. As a former attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Mr. Harris utilizes his experience to assist clients on a broad range of matters under major federal and state environmental programs, with emphasis on matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He is a 2011 graduate of Howard University School of Law.

Daniel P. Hido is an associate in the Environmental Group. Mr. Hido assists clients on environmental regulatory matters in the context of compliance counseling, enforcement defense, remediation obligations, and business transactions. With a broad background in the principal federal environmental regulatory programs, he particularly focuses on hazardous and non-hazardous waste issues, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act. He is a 2014 graduate of Cornell Law School.

Amy T. Oven is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mrs. Oven counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, division order title opinions and due diligence. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Babst Calland Continues to Expand Mobility and Safety Practice; Former NHTSA Senior Attorney Arija Flowers Joins Law Firm
April 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2019 – Babst Calland announced that Arija Flowers has joined the Firm as an attorney in the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Flowers, a former NHTSA attorney well-known in the industry, served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the NHTSA Office of Chief Counsel.  There, she was the lead U.S. federal enforcement attorney for a number of matters addressing some of the most significant issues in the industry. Ms. Flowers’ joining the Firm continues to enhance its best-in-class capabilities to meet the developing needs of mobility and transport clients and other companies with emerging technologies. The practice provides strategic leadership with business and legal advice for manufacturers, suppliers, start-ups, technology companies and government entities in the full-spectrum of transportation regulatory, safety, product quality, and automation matters, including automated/autonomous driving systems.

“Arija Flowers’ joining our team represents a consolidation at Babst Calland of several recent former NHTSA and DOT senior staff and leadership with the freshest and deepest understanding of NHTSA/DOT’s current decision-makers and technical analysis approach,” said Babst Calland’s Managing Shareholder Donald C. Bluedorn II.  “The continued outreach to us for services from companies – even those who are well represented at present – has really spoken to the success of our vision,” he added.

Ms. Flowers will join Will Godfrey, Babst Calland’s Director, Mobility, Automation and Safety, and a former General Motors engineer and senior NHTSA regulatory chief, and Tim Goodman, the leader of Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, and former NHTSA chief legal officer for enforcement and U.S. federal senior executive.

Ms. Flowers will help companies navigate the full-spectrum of mobility, vehicle safety and related regulatory matters, including self-certification of standards, homologation, regulatory compliance, automated/autonomous driving systems, innovative mobility and safety approaches, best practices and emerging trends, standards enforcement, defects investigations, government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, and recall implementation.

“The industry knows and respects Arija, and I’m delighted she’s rejoining me and Will Godfrey,” said Tim Goodman. “The sheer number of companies we advise – from OEMs to suppliers, from start-ups and ride-sharing companies and e-commerce enterprises – is objective evidence of our organic growth, and Arija will be a force-multiplier on our team.”

At NHTSA, among other things, Ms. Flowers served as lead counsel for the agency’s investigation and ongoing oversight of the largest motor vehicle recall in U.S. history (Takata air bag inflators, involving 19 automotive manufacturers and an estimated 65-70 million inflators in 40-50 million vehicles in the U.S. market).  She provided insight and leadership in agency investigations of vehicle and equipment manufacturers concerning safety-related defects, noncompliance with federal safety standards, and other violations of the Vehicle Safety Act and regulations.  Ms. Flowers also supported DOT’s U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate litigation practice on a number of cases.

Ms. Flowers has a background in public service. Prior to the Department of Transportation, she served as a judicial law clerk, and before law school served as the Scheduler and Executive Assistant to a senior U.S. Senator and staff to a Senator in the Washington state legislature.

Ms. Flowers earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from the University of Washington with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and in Communications and Political Science.

Matthew Wood Joins Babst Calland
February 27, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA, February 21, 2019 – Matthew C. Wood recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Environmental Group. Mr. Wood assists clients on a variety of environmentally-related legal matters arising under major federal and state environmental and regulatory programs, with a focus on issues involving government inquiries, environmental investigations, remediation and concomitant activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and their state analogs. In connection with this experience, he has advised clients during all stages of multi-year environmental remediation projects under consent decrees and administrative orders at sites across the U.S.

Mr. Wood counsels clients in the manufacturing, chemical, metals, and other sectors on permitting matters, compliance, enforcement actions, and government investigations and provides support on issue assessment, risk management, and strategy implementation to ensure effective client operations. His work often involves coordinating with technical consultants to prepare reports, position papers, and other deliverables for clients, agencies, and other relevant stakeholders. He also has experience with state and federal agency information requests and conducts environmental due diligence in transactional matters.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he previously was an associate for a law firm in Phoenix, Ariz. where he gained experience working on a variety of environmental matters at the county, state, federal, and tribal levels.

Attorney Jennifer J. Hicks Selected to Leadership West Virginia Class of 2019
January 31, 2019

CHARLESTON, W. Va., January 22, 2019 – Jennifer J. Hicks, an associate in the Litigation, Employment and Labor, and Energy and Natural Resources groups at Babst Calland, has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2019 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Fifty-seven leaders from across the state were selected from a list of applicants submitted in late 2018.

A 2010 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, Ms. Hicks has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.  These include breach of contract, employment, environmental, nuisance, trespass, property damage, premises liability, product liability, consumer protection, partition, unknown heirs, criminal, and landlord-tenant, among others.  Ms. Hicks has both trial and appellate court experience, including jury trials, and has also litigated before administrative agencies.

Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is now in its 28th year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, Executive Director of Leadership West Virginia.  “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2019 class.” Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has over 1,400 alumni from across the state and graduates from 53 out of 55 counties.

Throughout this year members of the class will travel to different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership skills.

Leadership West Virginia provides graduates with the skills and the knowledge in making sound, informed decisions,” added Farris. Many of the participants serve as private citizen volunteers, and many seek and serve in public office. Among the many benefits that come with being a graduate of the program is the network of alumni throughout the state. “Leadership West Virginia congratulates the individuals who were selected to this year’s class.”

 

Babst Calland Names Calfe, Cooper, Fortna and James Shareholders
January 2, 2019

PITTSBURGH, January 2, 2019 – Babst Calland recently named Meredith L. Calfe, Kate H. Cooper, Alana E. Fortna and Rachel E. James shareholders in the Firm.

Meredith Calfe, a member of the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, concentrates her practice on counseling oil and gas clients on mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination, due diligence and curative work.

Ms. Calfe is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Kate Cooper, a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Commercial Group, counsels for-profit and non-profit entities in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and a broad range of general corporate matters, including business planning and structuring, commercial contracts, securities law matters and governance issues.

Ms. Cooper is a 2010 graduate, cum laude, of Boston College Law School.

Alana Fortna is a member of the Firm’s Litigation, Environmental, Employment and Labor, and Emerging Technologies groups. Ms. Fortna represents clients in complex commercial litigation with a focus primarily on environmental litigation, including large-scale cost recovery actions under CERCLA and state law statutes, actions seeking injunctive relief under RCRA, and citizens’ suits brought under various federal statutes and regulatory programs. She also leverages her litigation experience to help companies and other entities with emerging technologies strike a balance between innovation and risk management.

Ms. Fortna is a 2010 graduate, magna cum laude, of Duquesne University School of Law.

Rachel James, a member of the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, represents energy clients on oil, gas and mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination, due diligence activities, curative work and the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas fee and leasehold assets.

Ms. James is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Pa. Firm Leaders Tout Confidence as Year-End Collections Crunch Looms
December 6, 2018

The Legal Intelligencer

Leaders of midsize firms in Pennsylvania were upbeat when asked about their expectations for 2018 as the year wraps up, with little anxiety around the prospect of year-end collections.

These midsize firms agreed that demand has been healthy, in line with industrywide trends, but they pointed to a range of reasons. A few firm leaders pointed to particularly strong niche or specialty practice areas that drove revenue, while others noted growth by way of head count expansion.

Donald Bluedorn, managing shareholder of Pittsburgh-based Babst Calland, said it has been a strong year so far for the firm’s primary sectors. As for collecting on that work, he said, “We haven’t seen any slippage in accounts receivable.”

“People value the work we’re doing, they’re willing to pay for the work, and they’re paying us on time,” Bluedorn said.

Energy is a major practice at Babst Calland, and demand has grown recently in that area, Bluedorn said, particularly in mineral title services. He noted that the energy sector on the whole has been “robust,” particularly after a weaker 2016.

The firm also did some significant hiring in its emerging technologies practice in 2018, including a lawyer focused on unmanned vehicles and related legal issues. That’s an area where demand is growing as well, Bluedorn said. “We’ve seen an uptick in [private equity] projects, particularly as it relates to emerging technologies,” he noted.

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Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles
November 30, 2018

TriState Infrastructure Summit 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 160 industry and public sector representatives attended the 2018 TriState Infrastructure Summit, presented by the TriState Infrastructure Council and its partners, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pa.  The Summit addressed transportation and infrastructure needs in the Ohio River Valley integral to the petrochemical industry and related economic growth in the region.

Stan Caldwell, CMU Executive Director of Traffic21 and Mobility21 participated with Justine Kasznica of law firm Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice on the panel Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles hosted by Babst Calland.  The presentation included a discussion about autonomous vehicles in the broader context of infrastructure design and development, and issues related to urban infrastructure and research and advancements in mobility technologies.

O. Chris Jackson, Production Unit Manager for Logistics, Shell Polymers, Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker for the event on Regional Transportation and Infrastructure Considerations for a World Class Petrochemical Complex.

For more information, including a complete agenda for the TriState Infrastructure Summit, click here.

Erbelding, Evans, Loomis-Gustafson, Malik, Petty and Skiba Join Law Firm Babst Calland
November 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 3, 2018 – Attorneys Brandy L. Erbelding, Esther L. Evans, Carly Loomis-Gustafson, Jennifer L. Malik, C. Scott Petty and Megan M. Skiba joined law firm Babst Calland.

Brandy L. Erbelding is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group of Babst Calland. Ms. Erbelding represents clients on general corporate and transactional matters, including real estate transactions, commercial contracts, and advising on intellectual property matters. She is a 2017 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.

Esther L. Evans is a staff attorney in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. Ms. Evans’ practice focuses on transaction matters related to oil and gas mineral title issues and opinions. She is a 2017 graduate of Regent University School of Law.

Carly Loomis-Gustafson is an associate in the Litigation Group, where she assists in the litigation of a wide variety of legal matters. She is a 2017 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Jennifer L. Malik is an associate in Babst Calland’s Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Malik’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law, with an emphasis on zoning, subdivision and land development, and municipal ordinance construction and enforcement. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

C. Scott Petty is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Petty’s practice is focused on serving the needs of the firm’s oil, gas and mineral-related clients, with an emphasis on oil and gas title opinions. He is a 2006 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

Megan M. Skiba is an associate in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Group. Ms. Skiba’s practice focuses primarily on corporate and transactional matters, including real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Babst Calland Ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”
November 1, 2018

Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in seven practice areas and regionally in 29 practice areas by BL Rankings.

Firms included in the 2019 “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.

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, professionalism and integrity.

Babst Calland received the following rankings in the 2019 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
  • 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

Akron

  • Construction Law

 

Klapkowski, Kreit, Kuban, Marinucci, Snyder and Voigt Join Babst Calland
October 12, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, November 5, 2018 – Attorneys Kathleen M. Klapkowski, Brian W. Kreit, Thomas A. Kuban, Alexandra Marinucci, Casey J. Snyder, and Carla Voigt joined Babst Calland.

Kathleen M. Klapkowski is an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. She counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, and oil and gas title opinions. She is a 2018 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude.

Brian W. Kreit is an associate in the Construction and Litigation groups of Babst Calland. He has experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania Prompt Payment Act, Mechanics’ Lien Law, and the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA). He represents contractors, subcontractors, joint venture partners, design engineers and project owners in a variety of construction-related disputes. He is a 2015 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Thomas A. Kuban is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Kuban counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to title issues and opinions. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude.

Alexandra Marinucci is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. She assists clients with matters encompassing a broad range of environmental issues, including those related to state and federal permitting, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, magna cum laude.

Casey J. Snyder is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. He has experience with various federal, state, and local environmental regulations, including assisting clients with numerous regulatory issues affecting the oil and gas industry. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Carla M. Voigt is an associate in the Litigation Group at Babst Calland. Ms. Voigt has a broad range of litigation experience in several practice areas including commercial, labor and employment, energy, and toxic tort. She is a 2014 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan will join Congressman Keith Rothfus to Meet with Local Transportation and Infrastructure Industry Professionals and Leaders
August 30, 2018

Babst Calland to Facilitate Discussion Regarding Autonomous Vehicles Technology

PITTSBURGH, Pa – On Friday, August 31st, The Department of Transportation’s Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Derek Kan, will join Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) in Western Pennsylvania to discuss projects of regional importance, as well as emerging autonomous vehicle technology, with local leaders and professionals in the transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Justine Kasznica of Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice will facilitate the roundtable discussion related to autonomous vehicles and drones among leading manufacturers, technology companies, and universities.

Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” and 33 Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©
August 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 15, 2018 – Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five lawyers were selected as 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, W. Va. 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 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” by BL Rankings include:

Kevin J. Garber, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Energy Law, Water Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Joseph K. Reinhart, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Joseph K. Reinhart was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Mark D. Shepard, Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year”  in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Mark D. Shepard was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation.

Timothy M. Miller, Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W.Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Timothy Miller was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Christopher B. “Kip” Power, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W.Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kip Power was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in 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, and Litigation – Municipal.

In addition, 33 Babst Calland lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings, the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, in the following 26 practice areas:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law: Norman E. Gilkey
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation: Mark D. Shepard, Timothy M. Miller
  • Commercial Litigation: Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Matthew S. Casto, Mark D. Shepard, Steven B. Silverman, Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power, Robert M. Stonestreet
  • Construction Law: Kurt F. Fernsler, D. Matthew Jameson III, Richard J. Lolli, David E. White
  • Corporate Law: Frank J. Clements, Bruce F. Rudoy, Laura Stone
  • Employment Law – Management: Richard J. Antonelli
  • Energy Law: Kevin J. Garber, Steven M. Green, Blaine A. Lucas, Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power, Joseph K. Reinhart
  • Environmental Law: Chester R. Babst III, Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Donald C. Bluedorn II, Dean A. Calland, Kevin J. Garber, Lindsay P. Howard, Janet L. McQuaid, Jean M. Mosites, 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, James D. Miller, Richard W. Saxe Jr., David E. White
  • Litigation – Environmental: Chester R. Babst III, Steven F. Baicker-McKee, Donald C. Bluedorn II, Kevin J. Garber, Lindsay P. Howard, Timothy M. Miller, Christopher B. Power, Joseph K. Reinhart, Mark D. Shepard
  • Litigation – ERISA: Mychal S. 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
  • Real Estate Law: Charles Saffer
  • 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 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.

Janet McQuaid Joins Babst Calland
July 16, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA, August 17, 2018 – Janet L. McQuaid recently joined Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources groups. She has experience in many environmental programs, particularly water, waste, remediation, and chemical regulation. Ms. McQuaid has represented clients in many industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, natural gas transmission, refining, chemicals, electronics, and real estate development. She has defended industry and commercial clients in these and other industries against government enforcement actions before various federal and state environmental regulatory authorities, hearing boards, and courts. Ms. McQuaid helps clients negotiate agreed orders or consent decrees, handles administrative hearings, and participates in litigation in state and federal courts if litigation is necessary to protect the clients’ interests.

Ms. McQuaid has assisted clients in preparing comments on proposed environmental rules and challenged unfavorable regulations in court, including briefing and argument before the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal on behalf of industry trade associations. She is also highly experienced in the environmental aspects of mergers and acquisitions, having conducted environmental due diligence and drafted the environmental terms for hundreds of transactions involving industrial facilities and commercial properties. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas.

Babst Calland Grows Emerging Technologies Practice, Adds Three Lateral Attorneys
July 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 9, 2018 – Babst Calland today announced the addition of three lateral moves to support early stage businesses and companies with emerging technologies.

“The addition of these technology and startup-focused attorneys supports the Firm’s strategy to expand its multidisciplinary team to serve the needs of clients developing new technologies, new companies and new ideas,” said Babst Calland’s Managing Shareholder Donald C. Bluedorn II.

Justine M. Kasznica joined as shareholder in the Firm’s Mobility, Transport and Safety and Corporate and Commercial groups. Ms. Kasznica is a technology and commercial transactions attorney who represents technology companies, investor groups, universities and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies, as well as innovative products and services. Her clients are customers and vendors of software, SaaS, IoT, AI and robotics products and services in the retail, aerospace, autonomous vehicle, healthcare, education, emergency management and system safety/security industries, among others. In addition, she has experience in general corporate and commercial law matters, and supports clients with their entity formation, corporate governance, venture capital and private equity investments, and commercial contract needs.

A recreational drone pilot with a passion for robotics, space and aviation, she represents commercial space and drone (unmanned aircraft systems – UAS) companies in connection with their regulatory needs, and she also advises universities and large commercial institutions with respect to their UAS operations. In this role, she regularly participates in speaking engagements and leads workshops on legal and regulatory topics related to UAS and commercial space, and serves as an advisor to various UAS and space technology companies and projects.

Ms. Kasznica has been actively involved in Pittsburgh’s innovation economy since she moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. She served as Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Innovation Practice Institute and remains active on the boards of several entrepreneurship-focused organizations and programs, including Ascender, an accelerator and co-working hub. She is a founding member of ReefBot, a collaborative partnership between Carnegie Mellon’s Robotic Institute, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to develop autonomous underwater vehicles for the purpose of oceanographic exploration and coral reef conservation.

Ms. Kasznica graduated from Yale University (Branford College) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Camden. She served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas M. Hardiman on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She currently serves as the President of the Yale Club of Pittsburgh.

Carl A. Ronald joined as shareholder in the Corporate and Commercial Group. As a highly-experienced intellectual property attorney for more than 20 years, he represents clients, large and small, in the prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of their patent, copyright, and trademark rights. As part of his practice, he counsels clients on how to strategically protect their inventive creations, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions, as well as providing advice on freedom to operate, infringement studies, portfolio analyses, and white space evaluations. He also routinely prepares and negotiates commercial and employment documentation relating to the ownership, use, transfer, sharing, and joint development of existing and new intellectual property.

Mr. Ronald also has significant expertise in dispute resolution, having represented client interests in federal and state courts, as well as before panels in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitrations and mediations. He has also engaged in appellate work when necessary to protect a client’s interests, advocating client positions before the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as arguing on behalf of clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, Va.  He has been actively involved in Pittsburgh’s start-up scene throughout his legal career, dating back to his own startup company, and more recently working on-site site with a medical robotics company. He also volunteers his time and expertise screening and vetting the IP portfolios of funding candidates for two local angel investment groups and often speaks on topics related to intellectual property.

Mr. Ronald graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and earned his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Benchtop to Bedside certificate program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael E. Fink joined as associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group. Mr. Fink focuses his practice on technology transactions and licensing with analysis and negotiation of intellectual property.  He represents clients in mergers and acquisitions in general corporate, energy, and healthcare sectors, and handles private placements involving preferred stock, convertible debt, and seed and angel financings, preparation of pro forma capitalization tables, document drafting and negotiation, and deal closings. He also counsels clients in securities compliance providing substantive and technical reviews of annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports, proxy statements, and registration statements, as well as disclosure research and analysis. In addition, Mr. Fink provides general corporate counsel in entity formation including negotiation and preparation of governing documents, capitalization tables, corporate governance advice including best practices and observation of formalities and fiduciary duties, and board and stockholder meeting minute drafting and review.

Mr. Fink graduated from Albright College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and earned his Juris Doctor from University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

“Justine, Carl, and Michael are well-respected, accomplished legal professionals with backgrounds and experience unique to the industries and clients they serve. They join forces with Babst Calland’s existing multidisciplinary team focusing on the needs and expectations of startups and companies with emerging technologies. They are a natural fit for our Firm as they share similar values, experience and philosophy in serving clients,” said Bluedorn.

Attorneys Christopher Bailey and Amanda Camplesi Join Babst Calland
June 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 9, 2018 – Attorneys Christopher T. Bailey and Amanda T. Camplesi joined Babst Calland in the Firm’s Mineral Title department in the Energy and Natural Resources Group with focused practices 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..

Christopher T. Bailey is a 2010 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. He previously was an associate attorney for a law firm in headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and focused his practice on oil and gas transactional matters.

Amanda T. Camplesi is a 2015 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. She previously was a participant of the General Litigation Clinic where she practiced various types of law.

Five Attorneys Join Babst Calland’s Mineral Title Group
May 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 9, 2018 – Attorneys Kara M. Beck, Eric W. Deiseroth, Sarah N. Grape, Vincent J. Krawiec, and Justin H. Woolhandler joined Babst Calland in the Firm’s Mineral Title department in the Energy and Natural Resources Group with focused practices 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..

Kara M. Beck is a 2017 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law. She previously interned as a summer law clerk with two judges: the Honorable Judge Joseph J. Matika and the Honorable Judge Steven R. Serfass in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas Courthouse. Additionally, she also worked as a legal assistant in a small firm in downtown Pittsburgh.

Eric W. Deiseroth is a 2011 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude. He previously worked as a manager in the Land Department of a Pittsburgh-based E&P company where he managed a diverse portfolio of assets encompassing thousands of producing wells throughout the country.

Sarah N. Grape is a 2017 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She previously interned at two Pittsburgh law firms working on plaintiff’s side personal injury and employment law matters.

Vincent J. Krawiec is a 2016 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law. He previously worked as a contract attorney for Special Counsel, where he was on assignment with Babst Calland.

Justin H. Woolhandler is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He previously examined mineral titles in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio for a large West Virginia law firm.

Russel Nakaishi Joins Babst Calland
May 15, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA, May 15, 2018 – Russel Nakaishi recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Group. Mr. Nakaishi focuses his practice 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 2010 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Law, he previously was an associate for a West Virginia-based energy law firm where he counseled energy clients on various transactional matters relating to the acquisition and development of oil and gas assets.