Mission Statement

The Babst Calland Women’s Initiative strives to increase the retention and advancement of women attorneys at our Firm and in the broader legal community by promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities.

The Women’s Initiative meets regularly to facilitate open discussions about workplace challenges historically faced by women in professional settings and encourages the exchange of advice and experiences to aid others in navigating those challenges.

The Women’s Initiative further supports the Firm’s women attorneys in developing and promoting their practices by acknowledging and celebrating successes and encouraging mentorship among all of the Firm’s attorneys. A key goal of the Women’s Initiative is to connect women attorneys across the Firm’s practice groups and offices, allowing for organic support systems to develop and prosper. This blending of practice groups and offices encourages collaboration and cross-marketing opportunities that benefit our attorneys and clients. By encouraging these relationships, the Women’s Initiative’s work advances the professional and business development of women attorneys at the Firm and within the legal community at large.



The following celebrates the initiatives of the women attorneys at Babst Calland.

Alex Farone and Janet Meub Co-Author PA Law Weekly Article

In their recent article Back to the Future: NLRB Reinstates Significant Restrictions on Severance Agreements with Steve Silverman, Alex Farone and Janet Meub discusses the NLRB’s decision in McLaren Macomb, 372 NLRB No. 58, about reinstituting its pre-2020 precedent that severance agreements cannot contain: confidentiality agreements precluding the employee from discussing the terms of the severance; and nondisparagement clauses.

Attorney Spotlight on Christina Manfredi McKinley

This is the third in a series of profiles featuring the women attorneys of Babst Calland to acknowledge and celebrate their success and to connect women attorneys across the Firm’s practice groups, offices and clients. This attorney spotlight features Christina Manfredi McKinley.

To view the profile on Christina, click here.

Amanda Brosy Co-Authors Environmental Alert

In her recent alert Acting PA DEP Secretary Discusses Broad Views on Environmental Justice and Plans for Additional EJ Staff with Sean McGovern, Amanda Brosy explains how EJ continues to be a priority for the DEP. Click here to view the full alert.

Jessica Barnes Authors Pretrial Practice & Discovery Article

In her recent article, No Reason to Cheer—Case Dismissed Due to Severe Discovery Violations in the Pretrial Practice & Discovery, American Bar Association Litigation Section, Jessica Barnes discusses a proposed antitrust class action was recently dismissed because of the plaintiffs’ serious failures to comply with the court’s orders regarding discovery. Click here, to read the full article.

Women’s Initiative Panel Discussion – What Makes a Great Outside Counsel?

On March 21, 2023, Babst Calland’s Women’s Initiative hosted a panel discussion on “What Makes a Great Outside Counsel?”  Alana Fortna, Vice President, Counsel, Environmental at Paramount Global Department, Emilie Delo, Assistant General Counsel at SAE International, and Brandy Erbelding, Counsel at City Line Capital, offered their perspectives and shared advice with Babst Calland’s women attorneys regarding the qualities that make certain outside counsel stand out above the rest.

Amanda Brosy Co-Authors PIOGA Press Article

In her recent article, EJ Federal and PA Update with Sean McGovern, Amanda Brosy discusses the recent federal and state developments in environmental justice (EJ) policy. Click here to view the full article.

Babst Calland Celebrates International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme for IWD is #EmbraceEquity. With equity, we can create an inclusive world and collectively forge change for women worldwide. At Babst Calland, we are proud to have a fantastic group of women attorneys and professionals who bring unique perspectives and skills to the Firm.

Christina Manfredi McKinley Appointed to ACG Pittsburgh’s Future Corporate Leaders Board

Christina Manfredi McKinley was recently appointed to the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Pittsburgh’s Future Corporate Leaders Board. The ACG Pittsburgh was established in 1985 and promotes the professional and business interests of its 300+ members through quality programs, education, and networking. Members include CEOs, CFOs, equity group managers, business buyers, bankers, strategic planners, investment bankers, lawyers, and accountants. For more information, click here.

Gina Falaschi Buchman Co-Authors Article in Pennsylvania Law Weekly

In her recent article EPA Proposes National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2024-2027 with Ben Clapp, Gina Falaschi Buchman discusses how every 4 years the EPA reviews its priorities and will set new enforcement and compliance initiatives for which it establishes specific goals and a comprehensive strategy. Click here to view the full article.

Christina Manfredi McKinley Appointed to the Local Rules Advisory Committee

Christina Manfredi McKinley was recently appointed to the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Comprised of a group of bar members, this Committee works with the federal court to review and propose changes to the Court’s local rules and procedures.

Justine Kasznica Interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times

Justine Kasznica was recently interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times about the growing space economy in the Pittsburgh region.

Click here to view the full interview.

Lisa Bruderly featured in American Oil & Gas Reporter’s Markets & Analytics

In the February 2023 edition of The American Oil & Gas Reporter, Lisa Bruderly authored Administration’s WOTUS Rule Muddies Jurisdictional Waters where she discusses the issuing of a new definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which becomes effective on March 20 and how the regulated community is watching this new definition of WOTUS because it will determine federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

Justine Kasznica Discusses the Fast-Growing Space Industry with Pittsburgh Technologies Council

Pittsburgh Technology Council is talking with Justine Kasznica in the latest Emerging Tech Law Podcast about the current state of the region’s space industry in the public and private sector, what makes the tri-state area an attractive place for today’s space industry, how involved are local technology companies and the universities in the growing interest in commercial space development, and how Babst Calland is positioned to support these space and related tech companies.

Tiffany Arbaugh Appointed as 2023 President-Elect of Women’s Energy Network West Virginia Board of Directors

Congratulations to Tiffany Arbaugh on being appointed as the 2023 President-Elect of Women’s Energy Network West Virginia Board of Directors.

WEN is an international organization of professional women who work across the energy value chain. Their mission is to develop programs to provide networking opportunities and foster career and leadership development of women who work in the energy industries.

Jean Mosites Panelist at PIOGA’s Spring Meeting

Attorney Jean Mosites will be a panelist for “Water Disposal” during PIOGA’s Spring Meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2023. For more information, click here.

Tiffany Arbaugh Appointed as 2023 President-Elect of Women’s Energy Network West Virginia Board of Directors
Congratulations to Tiffany Arbaugh on being appointed as the 2023 President-Elect of Women’s Energy Network West Virginia Board of...
Attorney Alex Farone Leads Newsletter to Receive a 2022 ABA Award of Achievement
Attorney Alex Farone who is also the Co-Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Communications...
Babst Calland Names Tiffany Arbaugh, Dane Fennell, Sean Keegan and Matthew Wood as Senior Counsel
Babst Calland recently names Tiffany Arbaugh, Dane Fennell, Sean Keegan and Matthew Wood as Senior...
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Women’s Initiative Partners with D/E/I Committee to Host Joint D/E/I CLE Series
Last week, the Babst Calland Women’s Initiative and the Firm’s D/E/I Committee kicked off a...
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Women’s Initiative Hosts Lunch & Learn Panel
Babst Calland Women’s Initiative held its spring Lunch & Learn Panel, featuring four of the...