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.

Christina Manfredi McKinley Selected to 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Pittsburgh, PA

Babst Calland Attorney Christina Manfredi McKinley, selected to Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, 2022 Rising Stars for Business Litigation. Only a few attorneys from each state are selected to Super Lawyers designation for any given year. The multi-factor selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievement in legal practice.

Gina Falaschi Selected to 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Washington, DC

Attorney Gina Falaschi has been selected to Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, Rising Stars for 2022. She provides legal services for issues involving Environmental law in Washington, DC.

Only a few attorneys from each state are selected to Super Lawyers designation for any given year. The multi-factor selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations, as well as professional achievement in legal practice.

Keystone Space Collaborative Launches Inaugural Conference April 20-21

Attorney Justine Kasznica who is also the Board Chair of the Keystone Space Collaborative leads the 2022 Keystone Space Collaborative Inaugural Conference April 20-21 at the Carnegie Science Center. Speakers include:

  • Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) who chairs the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee that funds NASA
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) who is a member of the Senate Appropriations CJS subcommittee
  • Rep.

Women’s Initiative Hosts Lunch & Learn Panel

Last week, the Babst Calland Women’s Initiative held its spring Lunch & Learn Panel, featuring four of the Firm’s shareholders—Lisa Bruderly, Kathy Condo, Jean Mosites, and Marnie Schock. The firm’s newest shareholder, Christina Manfredi McKinley, moderated the discussion, asking the panel to speak on issues relevant to women in the profession.

The Women’s Initiative’s Plans for 2022

As the Firm returns from remote operations across our offices, Babst Calland’s Women’s Initiative has taken the opportunity to refresh its committee objectives and to focus on opportunities to allow its women attorneys to reconnect with their colleagues. The Initiative was formed by former Babst shareholder Molly Meacham and the Initiative’s current chair, Carla Castello, and continues to grow in membership as the Firm expands.

CLE: Class Action Lawsuits – The Basics

Attorneys Kathy Condo and Carla Castello will present a CLE program on “Class Action Lawsuits – The Basics” on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Class action litigation arises in various contexts, including environmental contamination, consumer protection, antitrust, product liability, pharmaceutical drugs, civil rights, data breaches, and workers’ rights. Given the liability exposure in class action cases, obtaining (or defeating) class certification is viewed as a critical milestone.

Babst Calland Joins ACBA Inaugural ALLY Initiative Cohort

Babst Calland, through its Women’s Initiative, is pleased to announce the Firm’s participation in the Allegheny County Bar Association’s ALLY Initiative Cohort. ALLY stands for “Attorneys, Learning as allies, Living as allies, and Yielding results.” The Initiative is designed to engage attorneys and their law firms, corporate legal departments, courts and other organizations to commit to increasing inclusivity, creating equitable workplaces and empowering historically marginalized and underrepresented community members.

The Initiative,

Holmes and Hutter Join Babst Calland’s Corporate and Commercial Group as Associates

Ember K. Holmes and Audra E. Hutter recently joined Babst Calland as associates in the Corporate and Commercial Group.

Ember Holmes focuses primarily on corporate and transactional matters, including commercial contracts, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and copyright and trademark issues. Prior to joining Babst Calland, she was an associate with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. Ms. Holmes is a 2018 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law.


Christina Manfredi McKinley Joins Babst Calland as Shareholder

Christina Manfredi McKinley recently joined Babst Calland as a shareholder in the Litigation, Energy and Natural Resources, and Environmental groups.

Ms. McKinley provides business-oriented solutions to her clients and routinely serves as a general advisor, counseling clients on day-to-day legal and business matters on any number of issues. Her business-focused, proactive approach to problem-solving allows her to provide solutions to clients in a variety of industries,


Babst Calland Names Katrina Bowers a Shareholder

Law firm Babst Calland recently named Katrina N. Bowers a shareholder in the Firm.

Katrina Bowers is a member of the Corporate and Commercial, Litigation, and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Bowers currently serves as General Counsel to the West Virginia International Yeager Airport, and as general counsel and advisor to airports in West Virginia, on day-to-day legal and business matters, such as compliance with West Virginia and federal law,

Babst Calland Receives ACBA ALLY Certification in Diversity and Inclusion
Babst Calland has earned certification from the Allegheny County Bar Association as part of the...
DoD, GSA and NASA Propose Climate-Related Disclosures for Federal Suppliers
Updated Firm Alert (by Justine Kasznica, Susanna Bagdasarova and Gina Falaschi) On November 14, 2022,...
SCOTUS to Weigh in on Privilege Standard for Dual-Purpose Communications
Pretrial Practice & Discovery American Bar Association Litigation Section (By Jessica Barnes) The application and...
Federal Appeals Court Issues Decision Related to Calculation of Royalties on Natural Gas Liquids
Energy Alert (By Tim Miller, Jennifer Hicks and Austin Rogers) The Fourth Circuit Court of...
EPA and the Corps Finalize New Definition of WOTUS … Again
Environmental Alert (By Lisa Bruderly) The definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) determines...