Jessica Altobelli Joins Babst Calland
Jessica L. Altobelli recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Litigation and Employment and Labor groups. Ms. Altobelli has a broad range of litigation experience in several practice areas including employment, general liability, transportation, and school district defense. As part of her employment practice, she regularly defends employers in state and federal court litigation and administrative proceedings arising out of all aspects of the employment relationship.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Altobelli was an associate with Lewis Brisbois. She is a 2016 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.
Barnes, Moyer and Puhnaty Join Babst Calland
Ms. Barnes, a 2021 graduate of Duquesne University Law School, joins the Litigation Group. She practices in a variety of litigation practice areas, including commercial, employment and labor, land use, and energy and natural resources.
Ms. Moyer, a 2021 graduate of Penn State Law, joins the Environmental Group. She assists clients with matters encompassing a broad range of environmental issues, including those related to state and federal permitting and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Puhnaty, a 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, joins the Environmental Group. 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.
Joseph Schaeffer Joins Babst Calland
Joseph V. Schaeffer recently joined Babst Calland as a shareholder in the Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on environmental, energy and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Schaeffer has tried various environmental and commercial cases before environmental hearings boards, courts, and juries. He has also had primary responsibility for multiple appeals and argued several cases in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Mr. Schaeffer has significant experience working with clients on overcoming obstacles that can hinder their commercial development projects. He has served as lead trial counsel in several land use disputes involving zoning ordinances and was lead appellate counsel in a precedent-setting West Virginia Supreme Court decision that established the constitutional limits of municipal zoning. He has counseled clients on other land use disputes involving annexation, deannexation, and state and federal preemption issues. He served as co-trial counsel in successfully obtaining an injunction against a government agency’s attempt to use its eminent domain powers to take an industrial client’s facility. And he has litigated multiple property tax valuation and exemption appeals and worked on two precedent-setting West Virginia Supreme Court decisions affirming the legal structure used by state economic development authorities to offer property tax incentives.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Schaeffer was an associate with Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC. He is a 2012 graduate, cum laude, of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
Kelly Vehec Joins Babst Calland
Kelly R. Vehec recently joined Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Corporate and Commercial Group. Ms. Vehec’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, drafting commercial transaction agreements, finance and general corporate matters. Her experience includes drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, equipment leases, service agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, as well as letters of intent and corporate resolutions. Ms. Vehec is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
Evan Baylor Joins Babst Calland
Attorney Evan M. Baylor recently joined law firm Babst Calland’s Washington, DC office as an associate in the Environmental Group. Mr. Baylor, a 2019 graduate of Vermont Law School, provides advice to clients regarding compliance with state and federal environmental regulations.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Baylor worked as an Honors Attorney for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), where he managed diverse assignments including performing final legal and policy review of environmental documents for the Office of the Secretary, updating DOT orders on environmental policies, advising client offices on Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments, and briefing DOT leadership on legal and policy issues.
Faas, Phillips, Yeager and Scott Join Babst Calland
Attorneys Nicholas M. Faas, Edward D. Phillips and Joe P. Yeager recently joined, and Aimee V. Scott rejoined law firm Babst Calland.
Nicholas M. Faas, a 2014 graduate of Emory University School of Law, joins the Corporate and Commercial and Emerging Technologies groups as an associate. He represents business clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and general corporate, governance and commercial transaction matters, with a focus on technology, real estate, and energy sectors. Mr. Faas was previously with Jones Day.
Edward D. Phillips, a 2016 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, joins the Litigation Group as an associate. He has experience in all stages of litigation, from drafting dispositive motions, discovery, settlement, and trial. Mr. Phillips was previously with Fox Rothschild LLP.
Joe P. Yeager, a 2002 graduate of Widener University Delaware Law School, joins the Environmental Group as a senior associate. He provides advice and legal counsel to clients in a wide range of environmental and Delaware corporate law matters. His extensive environmental law experience includes providing clients with strategic advice regarding CERCLA (commonly known as Superfund), RCRA and state and local environmental regulations throughout all stages of the environmental law process In addition to guiding clients through the process of environmental regulatory compliance and negotiating consent decrees and other agency decisional documents, Mr. Yeager provides legal advice and guidance to clients faced with defending or pursuing third-party contribution claims and other environmental litigation at complex third-party disposal sites (e.g., hazardous waste landfills and drum handling sites). In addition to his experience in environmental law, he provides legal and strategic advice to clients on corporate and commercial transactions, from formation to dissolution of Delaware business entities, including commercial transactional documents, supply chain agreements, and internal corporate governance advice to national and multinational corporations. Mr. Yeager was previously with McCarter & English, LLP in their Wilmington, Delaware office.
Aimee V. Scott, a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, rejoined the Energy & Natural Resources and Corporate & Commercial groups as senior counsel. Her practice includes general corporate and real estate transactions. She also concentrates on natural resources and energy issues and has experience with oil and gas well development issues, including contract drafting, due diligence and title analysis for Marcellus and Utica Shale developers. Ms. Scott was previously with Sitko Bruno, LLC.
Babst Calland Names Felezzola a Shareholder
PITTSBURGH – Babst Calland recently named Marc J. Felezzola a shareholder in the Firm.
Marc Felezzola is a member of the Litigation and Construction groups. He has extensive experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law, Commonwealth Procurement Code and the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act. Mr. Felezzola serves as outside general counsel for construction companies and frequently represents clients in a variety of commercial and construction related disputes including products liability claims, asbestos related claims, construction bid protests, construction defect claims, differing site condition claims, delay and inefficiency claims, payment and performance bond claims, and payment and contract performance disputes. Mr. Felezzola has litigated before the Pennsylvania trial level and appellate courts, the United States Federal District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of West Virginia and the District of New Jersey, the American Arbitration Association, and other private dispute resolution forums.
Mr. Felezzola is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.