Janet K. Meub recently joined Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Litigation and Employment and Labor groups. Ms. Meub has significant experience in the areas of employment and labor law, professional liability defense, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, toxic tort litigation, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice defense. She has a diversified practice that includes defending employers, healthcare providers, law enforcement and other professionals, and non-profits, at all levels of civil litigation through trial. She routinely counsels non-profit clients on employment matters including discrimination, wage and hour, FMLA and represents employers in PHRC/EEOC matters and at unemployment compensation hearings.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Meub was a principal at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote. She is a 2001 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.
Melissa M. Rounds recently joined Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Energy and Natural Resources Group. Mrs. Rounds has represented clients in the oil and gas industry for more than 15 years and has assisted producers in a variety of transactional matters, including real estate closings, preparation of documents for leasing purposes and examining and certifying title. Her work includes resolving complex title defects, coordinating urgent title projects, working in-house with major energy producers to provide comprehensive lease analysis and assistance with mineral purchases, and providing legal analysis for changes in statutory and case law.
Mrs. Rounds’ work on behalf of the oil and gas community is primarily focused in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her representation in the Morgantown area includes working with operators to reach drilling commitments, and interactions with county officials in major producing counties in northcentral West Virginia.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mrs. Rounds was the owner and attorney for Melissa Rounds Law. She is a 2006 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.
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.
Audra Hutter focuses primarily on corporate and transactional matters, including commercial contracts, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Babst Calland, she was an associate with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC. Ms. Hutter is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
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, including manufacturing, retail, energy, chemicals, and environmental.
As a litigator who focuses on complex commercial matters, Ms. McKinley’s trial practice encompasses all phases of litigation, from early alternative dispute resolution through post-trial motions. She has concentrated experience in complex purchase agreement and commercial contracts disputes, protection of competitive interests (e.g., Lanham Act, unfair competition, tortious interference, trade secret protection, restrictive covenants), technology disputes (e.g., software services and license agreements), and director and officer defense.
An experienced appellate litigator, Ms. McKinley has practiced before the United States Supreme Court at every stage of the process, including the briefing and preparation of two merits cases that were argued before the Court. She also has briefed and prepared cases for argument before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits, and she has argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. McKinley was a shareholder with Dentons Cohen & Grigsby. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
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.
Jessica M. Barnes, Mackenzie M. Moyer and Christina M. Puhnaty recently joined Babst Calland’s Pittsburgh, Pa. office as associates.
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.
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.
Attorney Aimee V. Scott recently rejoined law firm Babst Calland as senior counsel in the Energy & Natural Resources and Corporate & Commercial groups. 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.
Ms. Scott is a a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.