The 2021 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Perspectives at a Transformational Time for the U.S. Energy Industry
June 30, 2021

Babst Calland today published its 11th annual energy industry report: The 2021 Babst Calland Report – Legal & Regulatory Perspectives for the U.S. Energy Industry. Each of our nation’s energy sectors is impacted by local, state and federal policies, many of which are addressed in this inclusive report on legal and regulatory developments for the energy industry in the United States.

The Babst Calland Report represents the timely collective perspectives of more than 45 energy attorneys on the current state of the U.S. natural gas and oil, coal, and renewable energy sectors. For the first time, this Report is presented as an easy-to-navigate digital site featuring 12 sections, addressing the following key topics:

  • Business Outlook for the U.S. Energy Industry
  • Climate Change Initiatives from the Biden Administration
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Priorities
  • Environmental Law Developments
  • Environmental Justice Issues
  • Appalachian Basin Regional Developments
  • Coal Mining Regulatory Changes
  • Expansion of the U.S. Renewable Energy Market
  • Real Estate & Land Use Developments
  • Litigation Trends
  • Changes in Employment & Labor Law
  • Emerging Technologies Affecting the Energy Industry

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “The energy industry, once again, is at an inflection point and a moment of resiliency as it experiences a rebound in pricing and recovers from the impact of the global pandemic. Evidenced by the signing of several Executive Orders, President Biden has made climate change a focal point of U.S. energy policy. The full impact of the new administration’s “government-wide” approach to regulatory and social environmental policies will be unclear for months.

“This transformational time promises to bring significant changes for the U.S. energy industry. It is vital for any energy organization to consider the forewarnings, the risks, and the legal and regulatory implications to its business.”

Report Features Video Commentary from  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

This edition features commentary from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who spoke with Babst Calland energy clients at a special briefing on June 25, 2021. A link to the webinar recording is available in this Report.

To request a copy of The 2021 Babst Calland Report, click here.

Updates on key developments in energy and natural resources law beyond this Report are available directly by the attorneys who represent clients in a wide spectrum of industry sectors and legal practice areas.

Evan Baylor Joins Babst Calland
June 28, 2021

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
May 17, 2021

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 named to Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations
March 11, 2021

Babst Calland has been named to this year’s Pennsylvania Business Central’s “Top 100 Organizations” list and profiled in its Signature Top 100 issue. Nominations were taken throughout the publication’s 23-county coverage area, and the final organizations were selected by an editorial committee due to their positive impacts in the business community of central Pennsylvania.

For the full list, click here.

Jean Mosites named to Pennsylvania Business Central 2021 Top 100 People
February 3, 2021

This has been a year like no other! Our annual Top 100 People edition highlights the vibrant economic and social life of central Pennsylvania by honoring the people who make it happen. When goods or services are delivered in an efficient and timely manner, expertise and knowledge brought to bear on a problem, or necessary care provided, it’s not just the businesses and the institutions – but the people behind them that get the job done. We all know that powerhouse individual – the person with the vision, dedication and drive to not only complete the task, but to envision, expand and excel. We are fascinated by the impact a single individual can have on their workplace, their community and the lives of those around them. The stories of these individuals can provide instruction, inspiration and the motivation to raise our own standard of excellence. That is why we take great pride in bringing you Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 People for 2021!

As always, we reached out to community leaders, local chambers of commerce, and you, our loyal readers, to identify those individuals whose unique contributions have set them apart as leaders. We received a wealth of nominations that reflect the rich diversity of central Pennsylvania and its business community. So many deserving nominations in such a challenging year, that we had to expand our list of honorees – and so we are proud to honor 120 outstanding leaders in this year’s edition!

In selecting this year’s honorees, we wanted to show the full spectrum of leadership – from the small entrepreneur to the CEO of a large corporation – that helps shape our communities and our lives. And while every story is unique, we think you’ll find that these honorees share a dedication to hard work, dynamic leadership and the pursuit of excellence.

Many of you probably know some of these distinguished honorees. These are the people who run companies, volunteer in their community and raise families – they are our neighbors and our friends – the ones who give that extra effort that makes all the difference. We hope that you will enjoy learning about them as much as we did. We are proud to honor them.

As a companion to this edition, we are looking forward to our Top 100 Organizations signature edition, which will publish in February, celebrating the best in central Pennsylvania’s businesses, non-profits and brands.

Jean Mosites is a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and Public Sector groups. She counsels clients on environmental compliance, resolves liabilities under federal and state remediation programs, and represents clients in administrative, state and federal courts. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. She is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent, Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Environmental Law Section. Jean serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section Council and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. She frequently writes articles and presents educational and training programs on environmental law. She also actively supports community service organizations including the Education Partnership and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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Explore Solvaire: Babst Calland’s Affiliated Alternative Legal Service Provider
January 27, 2021

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On behalf of Babst Calland and Solvaire, we look forward to serving you on your next project.

Chris Farmakis
Chairman, Babst Calland
President, Solvaire

Babst Calland Names Three New Shareholders: Ben Clapp, Alyssa Golfieri and Gary Steinbauer
January 1, 2021

Babst Calland recently named Ben Clapp, Alyssa E. Golfieri, and Gary E. Steinbauer as shareholders in the Firm.

Ben Clapp is a member of the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources, and Emerging Technologies groups. Mr. Clapp advises clients on the environmental components of complex transactions, including identifying and analyzing significant environmental liability and compliance issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, securities offerings, project financings, and corporate restructurings, and works to resolve, manage, allocate or mitigate these environmental risks in the client’s best interest.  Mr. Clapp assists buyers, sellers, financing sources, and underwriters in transactions taking place across a wide range of industries, including the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sectors, renewable energy, real estate, utilities, chemicals, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and food and beverage.

Mr. Clapp is a 2008 graduate, cum laude, of the American University Washington College of Law.

Alyssa E. Golfieri is a member of the Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Golfieri’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law, with an emphasis on zoning, subdivision, land development, and municipal ordinance enforcement. Ms. Golfieri represents the Firm’s municipal clients on a wide array of local government issues, including the preparation of zoning and land development ordinances pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the processing of land development applications, responses to record requests submitted under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, navigation of public bidding matters, abatement of property maintenance issues, defense of Notices of Violations before zoning hearing boards and magisterial district judges, and compliance with both the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act and the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. Ms. Golfieri has also served as assistant solicitor for several years, and is currently the solicitor for the Borough of Ford City.

Ms. Golfieri is a 2012 graduate, cum laude, of Duquesne University School of Law.

Gary E. Steinbauer is a member of the Environmental group. Mr. Steinbauer leverages his experience as a former lawyer for the U.S. EPA to help clients on a wide variety of matters arising under major federal and state environmental and regulatory programs. He provides strategic advice on permitting matters, day-to-day compliance needs, government investigations, and enforcement actions. Mr. Steinbauer regularly works with companies in the power generation and distribution, mining, metals, chemical, oil and gas, healthcare and other industrial sectors. He also represents municipalities, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Steinbauer devotes a significant portion of his practice to water resources and wastewater management and permitting. He regularly advises clients on issues arising under the Clean Water Act and related state programs regulating wastewater and storm water discharges, and he handles NPDES permitting matters and appeals. He also assists clients as they navigate matters involving the Clean Air Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and similar state laws.

Mr. Steinbauer is a 2006 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Toledo Law School.

Mr. Steinbauer is a 2006 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Toledo Law School.

Babst Calland Ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”
November 5, 2020

Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list nationally in eight practice areas and regionally in 31 practice areas:

  • National Tier 2
    • Environmental Law
    • Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Litigation – Environmental
  • National Tier 3
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Mining Law
    • Natural Resources Law
    • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    •  Pittsburgh
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Construction Law
      • Corporate Law
      • Energy Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Information Technology Law
      • Land Use & Zoning Law
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
      • Municipal Law
      • Natural Resources Law
      • Water Law
    •  Charleston-WV
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Energy Law
      • Environmental Law
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2
    • Pittsburgh
      • Labor Law – Management
    • Charleston-WV
      • Mining Law
      • Natural Resources Law
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Oil & Gas Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3
    •  Pittsburgh
      • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    •  Charleston-WV
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Litigation – ERISA
      • Real Estate Law
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Environmental Law
      • Litigation – Environmental

Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

The 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan-based practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the nationally ranked practice areas.

Cary Snyder Joins Babst Calland
September 8, 2020

Cary M. Snyder recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Litigation Group.

Mr. Snyder primarily works in the areas of complex commercial litigation and appellate practice. He has experience in all stages of litigation, from drafting complaints through dispositive motions, discovery, settlement, and trial. He also represents clients in matters before federal and state appellate courts.

Prior to joining Babst Calland, he was an associate in the Cleveland, Ohio office of a regional law firm where he defended colleges and universities in matters involving claims of defamation, breach of contract, and gender discrimination under Title IX, as well as retailers and other businesses in class action litigation. Mr. Snyder also worked as an associate in the Pittsburgh office of an international law firm where he focused on complex litigation and government regulatory matters on behalf of health care providers. He also defended one of the big three credit bureaus in claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mr. Snyder is a 2011 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Minnesota Law School.

Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year”, 32 Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, and 12 Named to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch”
August 20, 2020

Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five lawyers were selected as 2021 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, W. Va. (by BL Rankings). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Those named to the 2021 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Kevin J. Garber, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Water Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Timothy M. Miller, Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Timothy Miller was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Environmental.

Christopher B. “Kip” Power, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kip Power was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Mining Law, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Municipal.

Joseph K. Reinhart, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Joseph Reinhart was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental.

Mychal Sommer Schulz, Litigation – ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” in Charleston, W. Va. In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Mychal Schulz was also listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – ERISA.

In addition, 32 Babst Calland lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2021Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession:

  • Chester R. Babst – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Donald C. Bluedorn II – Environmental Law, Water Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Dean A. Calland – Environmental Law
  • Matthew S. Casto – Commercial Litigation
  • Frank J. Clements – Corporate Law
  • Kathy K. Condo – Commercial Litigation
  • James Curry – Oil and Gas Law
  • Julie R. Domike – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Kevin K. Douglass – Natural Resources Law
  • Christian A. Farmakis – Corporate Law
  • Kevin J. Garber – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Water Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Norman E. Gilkey – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Mediation
  • Steven M. Green – Energy Law
  • Lindsay P. Howard – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Blaine A. Lucas – Energy Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • John A. McCreary – Labor Law – Management
  • Janet L. McQuaid – Environmental Law
  • James D. Miller – Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
  • Timothy M. Miller – Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Jean M. Mosites – Environmental Law
  • Christopher B. Power – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Mining Law, Oil and Gas Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Municipal
  • Joseph K. Reinhart – Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Bruce F. Rudoy – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law
  • Charles F.W. Saffer – Real Estate Law
  • Mychal Sommer Schulz – Litigation – ERISA
  • Mark D. Shepard – Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation – Environmental
  • Steven B. Silverman – Information Technology Law, Commercial Litigation
  • Krista-Ann M. Staley – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Laura Stone – Corporate Law
  • Robert M. Stonestreet – Environmental Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation
  • David E. White – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Michael H. Winek – Environmental Law

Twelve Babst Calland lawyers were also named to 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch which recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States:

  • Mary H. Binker – Corporate Law and Real Estate Law
  • Katrina N. Bowers – Energy Law and Environmental Law
  • Carla M. Castello – Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Marissa A. Cocciolone – Energy Law
  • Marc J. Felezzola – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Brittany A. Fox – Energy Law
  • Alyssa Golfieri – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Sean R. Keegan – Commercial Litigation
  • James D. Mazzocco – Litigation – Environmental
  • Joshua S. Snyder – Commercial Litigation and Energy Law
  • Andrew V. Terranova – Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Benjamin R. Wright – Commercial Litigation and Construction Law

Best Lawyers undergoes an authentication process, and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America is based solely on peer review and is divided by geographic region and practice areas. The list has published for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

The 2020 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Challenges for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry
June 23, 2020

Oversupply and pandemic bring on need to adapt to a changing market

PITTSBURGH – Babst Calland today published its 10th annual energy industry report: The 2020 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators. 

In this Report more than 50 energy attorneys provide perspective on the current state of the U.S. natural gas and oil production industry and its growth to historic highs due to more than a decade of advances in on-shore horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing. It asserts that despite current challenges, a maturing shale industry is poised for future growth as natural gas and oil producers have driven down the costs of production. Transportation options for moving these natural resources from growing areas of production to customers continue to be built, even with new hurdles from regulators and other stakeholders.

Joseph K. Reinhart, shareholder and co-chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, said, “The U.S. natural gas and oil industry has experienced tremendous growth and change since we first published this Report in 2011. Fast forward to an unprecedented 2020 with a pandemic, a corresponding economic slow-down and oversupply of natural gas and crude oil. With increased public and government pressure, sustained low prices, and less-reliable financing options, resiliency will continue to be the driving force of a dynamic energy market that continues to evolve.

Report highlights

The Babst Calland Report is an annual review of the issues and trends at the federal, state and local level in the oil and gas industry over the past year. The 102-page Report covers a range of topics from the industry’s business outlook, regulatory enforcement and rulemaking to developments in pipeline safety and litigation trends. The Firm’s collective legal experience and perspectives on these and related business developments are highlighted in this Report, including those summarized below:

  • Long-term, U.S. energy production appears poised to continue to outstrip domestic consumption due in some measure to increased consumption efficiency, along with the obvious ramifications from the natural gas revolution.
  • The regulatory environment is focused on climate change, reducing emissions, water quality developments, and enforcement. Increased volumes of written agency guidance, enforcement, and penalties continue to challenge the industry.
  • Citizens groups continue to actively challenge federal and state initiatives designed to expand natural gas and oil development, creating delays and uncertainties.
  • Land use and zoning challenges continue at the local level. Increasing industry headwinds have resulted in a slowdown of new permitting activity amid ongoing challenges and ordinance restrictions.
  • Public interest in pipeline safety has grown amid opposition and new rules from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in response to increased public and congressional pressure to initiate and finalize new or revised pipeline safety regulations. Operators seek to install new or replace existing pipelines throughout the U.S. while advocacy groups aggressively oppose many pipeline projects.
  • Title legislation and court decisions vary by state and basin. In Pennsylvania, for example, Act 85 took effect in January 2020 and defines the conditions in which oil and gas producers may drill a lateral wellbore that crosses between two or more pooled units.
  • Although 2019 saw renewed claims of adverse health effects allegedly related to oil and gas development, support for such claims continues to be limited, as now noted by numerous publications.
  • Unmanned aircraft systems take hold in the energy sector. Despite the pandemic and its impacts, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have emerged as essential tools for the energy industry for conducting complex inspection and monitoring of difficult to access infrastructure and locations.
  • From a workforce standpoint, COVID-19 conditions and other wage and hour regulations, amendments to the Family Medical Leave Act, and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act have had an impact on companies across the country.

The natural gas and oil industry continues to expand its reach and impact on U.S. energy supply and independence. Each company has its own set of opportunities and challenges to navigate based on its financing, debt, shareholder goals, and operations and infrastructure footprint. Nonetheless, the United States’ plentiful supply of natural gas and oil is expected to continue to fuel the country’s economic future and support national security.

Request a copy of the Report

Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources attorneys support clients operating in multiple locations throughout the nation’s shale plays. To request a copy of the Report, contact

Babst Calland Lands 2024 Space Mission Legal Work for Astrobotic
May 11, 2020

Firm to Develop Legal/Commercial Framework for Payload Service for NASA’s Artemis Human Landing System

PITTSBURGH, PA – Babst Calland today announced that under a recently announced NASA award, Astrobotic Technologies, Inc. (Astrobotic) has selected the firm to develop what could become the first-of-its-kind blueprint for commercial payload delivery to space for the Artemis human missions as well as future human-crewed space missions.

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic will be developing the commercial payload service for Dynetics (a Leidos subsidiary), one of three prime contractors (alongside SpaceX and Blue Origin) selected by NASA to design and build a commercial Human Landing System (HLS) and compete to build a privately-developed system to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 as part of the NASA Artemis program.

“As the leading lunar payload delivery provider, we are thrilled to begin setting up this new business  model onboard the Dynetics human lander,” said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton. “With payload expertise from our Peregrine and Griffin lunar lander programs, we are well-positioned to extend our payload services to include the new lunar lander. We’re helping to develop and set the standard for the commercial payload market, and that is very exciting,” added Thornton.

Dynetics is leading a broad coalition of industry partners, including Astrobotic, to not only send humans back to the lunar surface, but to also help companies, governments, universities, and nonprofits across the globe send non-human payloads onboard the Artemis Human Lander System. Such payloads can include critical instruments, project and infrastructure products and materials that can support human activities on the lunar surface.

“Helping to launch this new mission to the Moon and to develop the commercial, policy and regulatory framework for its payload delivery business is an exciting opportunity for Astrobotic, all of its partners, and for our team of attorneys at Babst Calland, “ said Justine M. Kasznica, Outside General Counsel for Astrobotic, and Chair of the Firm’s Emerging Technologies practice.

“It’s exciting to be a part of such a groundbreaking opportunity as a legal partner to Astrobotic,” said Donald C. Bluedorn II, Managing Shareholder at Babst Calland.  “We are thrilled to be involved in this important role for our national space program.”

Babst Calland Names Felezzola a Shareholder
March 17, 2020

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.

Babst Calland Attorney Jean M. Mosites Appointed to the EHB Rules Committee
March 4, 2020

Jean M. Mosites was recently appointed by Rep. Mike Turzai, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee. Committee members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms.

The Rules Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding procedural rules for matters brought before the EHB. The Committee consists of nine attorneys who are in good standing before the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and who have practiced before the Board for a minimum of three years or who have comparable experience.

As a shareholder in Babst Calland’s Environmental and Energy and Natural Resources practice groups, Ms. Mosites has extensive experience representing clients in administrative appeals and environmental litigation in state and federal courts and before the Environmental Hearing Board in Pennsylvania, as well as counseling on environmental compliance and resolving liabilities under federal and state law.

Christian Farmakis Featured Speaker at Dealmakers Conference
February 12, 2020

Law firm Babst Calland will participate at the 2020 Smart Business Dealmakers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. on March 5 at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

The conference will feature middle-market CEOs, top private equity and venture capital firms, major lenders and leading service providers participating in sessions that cover the breadth of the merger and acquisition landscape addressing such topics as buying a business, selling a business, financing a deal, liquidity events, merging operations, alternative investing and more.

Attorney Christian A. Farmakis will join a group of recognized entrepreneurs and business experts in discussing Transaction Audits: How to prepare your company for any type of deal.

For more information about the Dealmakers conference, or to register to attend, visit:

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