Preparation, ‘good luck’ fuel Babst Calland’s expansion

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

The decline in shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania prompted some law firms to dial back practice areas they formed to serve the industry during the past few months.

Downtown-based Babst Calland is instead expanding, opening a Washington office — its sixth location — with two lawyers handling issues involving energy, pipeline safety and hazardous materials.

Managing shareholder Chester R. “Chip” Babst III, one of the lawyers who founded the firm in 1986, said the move fits with its focus on environmental and regulatory law. Babst, 68, a fifth-generation Pittsburgher, spoke with the Tribune-Review about the expertise he and the firm built around an ever-changing regulatory environment.

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