Babst Calland Opens Houston Office,
Merges with Attorneys from the Chambers Law Firm, PLLC
June 5, 2019
Les Chambers, Ryan Chambers, Coleman Anglin and Nataliya Tipton Join the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 5, 2019 – Babst Calland announced today the opening of a new office in Houston, Texas, and merger with attorneys of The Chambers Law Firm, a prominent Houston law firm.

Les R. Chambers, Ryan A. Chambers, and Coleman G. Anglin join the Firm as shareholders, and Nataliya K. Tipton as associate.

These Houston-based attorneys represent clients on a variety of legal and regulatory matters, particularly in the areas of oil and gas, property, and transactional law and all aspects of oil and gas title examination and analysis process for exploration and production companies in the Mid-Continent (including Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma) and Appalachian Basin.

Commenting on these developments, Donald C. Bluedorn II, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “These highly-regarded oil and gas attorneys are a natural fit in advancing our Firm’s vision to continue to expand our geographic footprint to serve clients’ needs in the development of the Permian Basin and other major and emerging shale plays in the country.”

“Our nationally-recognized multidisciplinary team of experienced energy attorneys, along with the resources of our new Houston office, offer our clients exceptional regional and national legal representation to help navigate challenges and opportunities to succeed in the oil and gas industry.”

“We are very excited to be joining Babst Calland,” said Les Chambers.  “The vast experience of our respective firms in the energy and natural resource sector, along with the diversity of practice areas and significant support staff at Babst Calland, will create a synergy that will greatly enhance the services we can provide to both our individual and mutual clients across the country.”

Les Chambers, the managing shareholder of Babst Calland’s Houston office, concentrates his practice in the areas of oil, gas and mineral title examination and opinions, oil and gas transactions, property law, as well as assisting clients on a wide range of energy matters including negotiating and drafting oil and gas contracts, leases, due diligence examination and analysis, pipeline acquisitions and surface use and seismic agreements.

Ryan Chambers, Coleman Anglin, and Nataliya Tipton also focus their practice on a wide range of oil, gas, and mineral-related matters including title opinions, title examination, due diligence, business and land transactions, operating agreements, litigation, and contractual and regulatory issues.

“The addition of our Houston office supports our strategy to expand Babst Calland’s team and capabilities to serve the needs of existing and new oil and gas clients in the Permian, San Juan, and Eagle Ford Basins as well as the Mid-Continent,” said Bruce F. Rudoy, Co-Chair of Babst Calland’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group.

The Firm’s new Houston, Texas office is located in The Woodlands, Texas.

Babst Calland Expands Washington, D.C. Environmental and Mobility, Transport and Safety Practices
May 13, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – May 13, 2019 – Babst Calland announced today the lateral move of Gina Falaschi, who joined as associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in the Environmental, Mobility, Transport and Safety, and Litigation practice groups.

Ms. Falaschi’s move to Babst Calland, along with Julie Domike, another seasoned environmental attorney who recently joined Babst Calland as shareholder in late April, further represents the firm’s commitment to meet clients’ needs related to environmental and emissions mobile source services before EPA, the California Air Resources Board, and other regulatory agencies as a part of its best-in-class team.

Ms. Falaschi provides advice to clients in the energy, transportation, and technology sectors regarding environmental regulatory compliance.  She has assisted companies with disclosure of regulatory violations to state and federal agencies, and has counseled clients in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. EPA, and California Air Resources Board. In addition to counseling on compliance issues, she has worked with technology and energy companies in developing new projects and has advised clients on regulatory issues arising from joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions.

She has litigated cases in federal court, represented clients in administrative cases before various federal agencies, and has experience with administrative rule challenges before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Ms. Falaschi is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Ms. Falaschi earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016 and her A.B., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2013.

Veteran Environmental Attorney Joins Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. Office
May 6, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – May 6, 2019 – Babst Calland today announced the lateral move of Julie Domike, a veteran environmental attorney, who joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as shareholder, effective April 29.

Ms. Domike will provide senior-level legal counsel in key practice areas including Environmental, Mobility, Transport and Safety, and Litigation. Ms. Domike has represented numerous clients across the country in complex negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and EPA, resulting in global settlements affecting multiple company facilities. Much of Ms. Domike’s practice involves permitting and other issues under the Clean Air Act, addressing issues associated both with mobile and stationary sources.  Ms. Domike has worked with companies engaged in developing new projects or modifying existing plants, and she has worked with clients on environmental audits and subsequent correction and disclosure to state and federal environmental agencies.

Having previously served as an attorney and manager at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters, Ms. Domike understands the Agency’s enforcement approach and counsels clients to engage with EPA in rulemaking, and enforcement. She has represented a variety of companies that have been the focus of EPA’s regulations, including refineries, engine manufacturers, independent power producers, chemical plants, fuel producers, and construction and farm equipment makers.

Commenting about this lateral move to the Firm, Donald C. Bluedorn II, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Julie to our Firm and to our established team in Washington, D.C. She is a natural fit for us and her experience further complements the existing synergies that we offer clients, particularly in the Energy, Mobility, and Transportation industries.”

Julie Domike’s arrival at Babst Calland also represents sustained growth in the Mobility practice, led by Firm shareholder Tim Goodman, responding to our clients’ requests to provide environmental and emissions mobile source services before EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and other regulatory agencies as a part of our best-in-class team.”

“As an attorney focused on environmental law, I am pleased to be joining a well-established, multidisciplinary legal team representing clients in the various industries where I have served ” said Attorney Julie Domike.

“Since opening Babst Calland’s Washington, D.C. office in 2016, we have grown to 10 professionals focused on serving clients in the energy, mobility, emerging technologies and transportation sectors. Julie brings a new dimension to our team, and allows the firm to better serve our clients throughout the country.” said James Curry, managing shareholder of the Washington, D.C. office.

Farone, Harris, Hido and Oven Join Babst Calland
April 29, 2019
PITTSBURGH, PA, April 29, 2019 – Attorneys Alexandra G. Farone, Bilal M. Harris, Daniel P. Hido and Amy T. Oven joined Babst Calland.

Alexandra G. Farone is an associate in the Litigation and Employment and Labor groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Farone has a broad range of litigation experience in several practice areas including complex commercial litigation, premises liability, employment, construction, and oil and gas law. She also has experience counseling corporate clients regarding employment matters including best practices and procedures, and compliance with the FLSA, ADA, ADEA and Title VII. She is a 2017 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Bilal M. Harris is an associate in the Firm’s Environmental Group. As a former attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Mr. Harris utilizes his experience to assist clients on a broad range of matters under major federal and state environmental programs, with emphasis on matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). He is a 2011 graduate of Howard University School of Law.

Daniel P. Hido is an associate in the Environmental Group. Mr. Hido assists clients on environmental regulatory matters in the context of compliance counseling, enforcement defense, remediation obligations, and business transactions. With a broad background in the principal federal environmental regulatory programs, he particularly focuses on hazardous and non-hazardous waste issues, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act. He is a 2014 graduate of Cornell Law School.

Amy T. Oven is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mrs. Oven counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas title opinions, division order title opinions and due diligence. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Babst Calland Continues to Expand Mobility and Safety Practice; Former NHTSA Senior Attorney Arija Flowers Joins Law Firm
April 15, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2019 – Babst Calland announced that Arija Flowers has joined the Firm as an attorney in the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Flowers, a former NHTSA attorney well-known in the industry, served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the NHTSA Office of Chief Counsel.  There, she was the lead U.S. federal enforcement attorney for a number of matters addressing some of the most significant issues in the industry. Ms. Flowers’ joining the Firm continues to enhance its best-in-class capabilities to meet the developing needs of mobility and transport clients and other companies with emerging technologies. The practice provides strategic leadership with business and legal advice for manufacturers, suppliers, start-ups, technology companies and government entities in the full-spectrum of transportation regulatory, safety, product quality, and automation matters, including automated/autonomous driving systems.

“Arija Flowers’ joining our team represents a consolidation at Babst Calland of several recent former NHTSA and DOT senior staff and leadership with the freshest and deepest understanding of NHTSA/DOT’s current decision-makers and technical analysis approach,” said Babst Calland’s Managing Shareholder Donald C. Bluedorn II.  “The continued outreach to us for services from companies – even those who are well represented at present – has really spoken to the success of our vision,” he added.

Ms. Flowers will join Will Godfrey, Babst Calland’s Director, Mobility, Automation and Safety, and a former General Motors engineer and senior NHTSA regulatory chief, and Tim Goodman, the leader of Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, and former NHTSA chief legal officer for enforcement and U.S. federal senior executive.

Ms. Flowers will help companies navigate the full-spectrum of mobility, vehicle safety and related regulatory matters, including self-certification of standards, homologation, regulatory compliance, automated/autonomous driving systems, innovative mobility and safety approaches, best practices and emerging trends, standards enforcement, defects investigations, government inquiries and enforcement proceedings, and recall implementation.

“The industry knows and respects Arija, and I’m delighted she’s rejoining me and Will Godfrey,” said Tim Goodman. “The sheer number of companies we advise – from OEMs to suppliers, from start-ups and ride-sharing companies and e-commerce enterprises – is objective evidence of our organic growth, and Arija will be a force-multiplier on our team.”

At NHTSA, among other things, Ms. Flowers served as lead counsel for the agency’s investigation and ongoing oversight of the largest motor vehicle recall in U.S. history (Takata air bag inflators, involving 19 automotive manufacturers and an estimated 65-70 million inflators in 40-50 million vehicles in the U.S. market).  She provided insight and leadership in agency investigations of vehicle and equipment manufacturers concerning safety-related defects, noncompliance with federal safety standards, and other violations of the Vehicle Safety Act and regulations.  Ms. Flowers also supported DOT’s U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate litigation practice on a number of cases.

Ms. Flowers has a background in public service. Prior to the Department of Transportation, she served as a judicial law clerk, and before law school served as the Scheduler and Executive Assistant to a senior U.S. Senator and staff to a Senator in the Washington state legislature.

Ms. Flowers earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from the University of Washington with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and in Communications and Political Science.

Matthew Wood Joins Babst Calland
February 27, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA, February 21, 2019 – Matthew C. Wood recently joined Babst Calland as an associate in the Environmental Group. Mr. Wood assists clients on a variety of environmentally-related legal matters arising under major federal and state environmental and regulatory programs, with a focus on issues involving government inquiries, environmental investigations, remediation and concomitant activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and their state analogs. In connection with this experience, he has advised clients during all stages of multi-year environmental remediation projects under consent decrees and administrative orders at sites across the U.S.

Mr. Wood counsels clients in the manufacturing, chemical, metals, and other sectors on permitting matters, compliance, enforcement actions, and government investigations and provides support on issue assessment, risk management, and strategy implementation to ensure effective client operations. His work often involves coordinating with technical consultants to prepare reports, position papers, and other deliverables for clients, agencies, and other relevant stakeholders. He also has experience with state and federal agency information requests and conducts environmental due diligence in transactional matters.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he previously was an associate for a law firm in Phoenix, Ariz. where he gained experience working on a variety of environmental matters at the county, state, federal, and tribal levels.

Attorney Jennifer J. Hicks Selected to Leadership West Virginia Class of 2019
January 31, 2019
CHARLESTON, W. Va., January 22, 2019 – Jennifer J. Hicks, an associate in the Litigation, Employment and Labor, and Energy and Natural Resources groups at Babst Calland, has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2019 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Fifty-seven leaders from across the state were selected from a list of applicants submitted in late 2018.

A 2010 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, Ms. Hicks has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.  These include breach of contract, employment, environmental, nuisance, trespass, property damage, premises liability, product liability, consumer protection, partition, unknown heirs, criminal, and landlord-tenant, among others.  Ms. Hicks has both trial and appellate court experience, including jury trials, and has also litigated before administrative agencies.

Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is now in its 28th year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, Executive Director of Leadership West Virginia.  “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2019 class.” Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has over 1,400 alumni from across the state and graduates from 53 out of 55 counties.

Throughout this year members of the class will travel to different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership skills.

Leadership West Virginia provides graduates with the skills and the knowledge in making sound, informed decisions,” added Farris. Many of the participants serve as private citizen volunteers, and many seek and serve in public office. Among the many benefits that come with being a graduate of the program is the network of alumni throughout the state. “Leadership West Virginia congratulates the individuals who were selected to this year’s class.”

Babst Calland Names Calfe, Cooper, Fortna and James Shareholders
January 2, 2019
PITTSBURGH, January 2, 2019 – Babst Calland recently named Meredith L. Calfe, Kate H. Cooper, Alana E. Fortna and Rachel E. James shareholders in the Firm.

Meredith Calfe, a member of the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, concentrates her practice on counseling oil and gas clients on mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination, due diligence and curative work.

Ms. Calfe is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Kate Cooper, a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Commercial Group, counsels for-profit and non-profit entities in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and a broad range of general corporate matters, including business planning and structuring, commercial contracts, securities law matters and governance issues.

Ms. Cooper is a 2010 graduate, cum laude, of Boston College Law School.

Alana Fortna is a member of the Firm’s Litigation, Environmental, Employment and Labor, and Emerging Technologies groups. Ms. Fortna represents clients in complex commercial litigation with a focus primarily on environmental litigation, including large-scale cost recovery actions under CERCLA and state law statutes, actions seeking injunctive relief under RCRA, and citizens’ suits brought under various federal statutes and regulatory programs. She also leverages her litigation experience to help companies and other entities with emerging technologies strike a balance between innovation and risk management.

Ms. Fortna is a 2010 graduate, magna cum laude, of Duquesne University School of Law.

Rachel James, a member of the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group, represents energy clients on oil, gas and mineral-related transaction matters, including title examination, due diligence activities, curative work and the acquisition and disposition of oil and gas fee and leasehold assets.

Ms. James is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Pa. Firm Leaders Tout Confidence as Year-End Collections Crunch Looms
December 6, 2018
The Legal Intelligencer

Leaders of midsize firms in Pennsylvania were upbeat when asked about their expectations for 2018 as the year wraps up, with little anxiety around the prospect of year-end collections.

These midsize firms agreed that demand has been healthy, in line with industrywide trends, but they pointed to a range of reasons. A few firm leaders pointed to particularly strong niche or specialty practice areas that drove revenue, while others noted growth by way of head count expansion.

Donald Bluedorn, managing shareholder of Pittsburgh-based Babst Calland, said it has been a strong year so far for the firm’s primary sectors. As for collecting on that work, he said, “We haven’t seen any slippage in accounts receivable.”

“People value the work we’re doing, they’re willing to pay for the work, and they’re paying us on time,” Bluedorn said.

Energy is a major practice at Babst Calland, and demand has grown recently in that area, Bluedorn said, particularly in mineral title services. He noted that the energy sector on the whole has been “robust,” particularly after a weaker 2016.

The firm also did some significant hiring in its emerging technologies practice in 2018, including a lawyer focused on unmanned vehicles and related legal issues. That’s an area where demand is growing as well, Bluedorn said. “We’ve seen an uptick in [private equity] projects, particularly as it relates to emerging technologies,” he noted.

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Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles
November 30, 2018
TriState Infrastructure Summit 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 160 industry and public sector representatives attended the 2018 TriState Infrastructure Summit, presented by the TriState Infrastructure Council and its partners, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pa.  The Summit addressed transportation and infrastructure needs in the Ohio River Valley integral to the petrochemical industry and related economic growth in the region.

Stan Caldwell, CMU Executive Director of Traffic21 and Mobility21 participated with Justine Kasznica of law firm Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice on the panel Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles hosted by Babst Calland.  The presentation included a discussion about autonomous vehicles in the broader context of infrastructure design and development, and issues related to urban infrastructure and research and advancements in mobility technologies.

O. Chris Jackson, Production Unit Manager for Logistics, Shell Polymers, Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker for the event on Regional Transportation and Infrastructure Considerations for a World Class Petrochemical Complex.

For more information, including a complete agenda for the TriState Infrastructure Summit, click here.

Erbelding, Evans, Loomis-Gustafson, Malik, Petty and Skiba Join Law Firm Babst Calland
November 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA, December 3, 2018 – Attorneys Brandy L. Erbelding, Esther L. Evans, Carly Loomis-Gustafson, Jennifer L. Malik, C. Scott Petty and Megan M. Skiba joined law firm Babst Calland.

Brandy L. Erbelding is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group of Babst Calland. Ms. Erbelding represents clients on general corporate and transactional matters, including real estate transactions, commercial contracts, and advising on intellectual property matters. She is a 2017 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.

Esther L. Evans is a staff attorney in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. Ms. Evans’ practice focuses on transaction matters related to oil and gas mineral title issues and opinions. She is a 2017 graduate of Regent University School of Law.

Carly Loomis-Gustafson is an associate in the Litigation Group, where she assists in the litigation of a wide variety of legal matters. She is a 2017 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Jennifer L. Malik is an associate in Babst Calland’s Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Malik’s practice focuses primarily on municipal and land use law, with an emphasis on zoning, subdivision and land development, and municipal ordinance construction and enforcement. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

C. Scott Petty is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Petty’s practice is focused on serving the needs of the firm’s oil, gas and mineral-related clients, with an emphasis on oil and gas title opinions. He is a 2006 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

Megan M. Skiba is an associate in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Group. Ms. Skiba’s practice focuses primarily on corporate and transactional matters, including real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Babst Calland Ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”
November 1, 2018
Babst Calland has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in seven practice areas and regionally in 29 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 “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, professionalism and integrity.

Babst Calland received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

National

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Mining Law
  • Natural Resources Law

Regional

Pittsburgh

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law

Charleston-WV

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Mining Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil & Gas Law

Akron

  • Construction Law
Klapkowski, Kreit, Kuban, Marinucci, Snyder and Voigt Join Babst Calland
October 12, 2018
PITTSBURGH, PA, November 5, 2018 – Attorneys Kathleen M. Klapkowski, Brian W. Kreit, Thomas A. Kuban, Alexandra Marinucci, Casey J. Snyder, and Carla Voigt joined Babst Calland.

Kathleen M. Klapkowski is an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. She counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters, including title examination, title curative, and oil and gas title opinions. She is a 2018 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude.

Brian W. Kreit is an associate in the Construction and Litigation groups of Babst Calland. He has experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania Prompt Payment Act, Mechanics’ Lien Law, and the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA). He represents contractors, subcontractors, joint venture partners, design engineers and project owners in a variety of construction-related disputes. He is a 2015 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Thomas A. Kuban is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Kuban counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to title issues and opinions. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, cum laude.

Alexandra Marinucci is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. 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. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, magna cum laude.

Casey J. Snyder is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. He has experience with various federal, state, and local environmental regulations, including assisting clients with numerous regulatory issues affecting the oil and gas industry. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Carla M. Voigt is an associate in the Litigation Group at Babst Calland. Ms. Voigt has a broad range of litigation experience in several practice areas including commercial, labor and employment, energy, and toxic tort. She is a 2014 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.

Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan will join Congressman Keith Rothfus to Meet with Local Transportation and Infrastructure Industry Professionals and Leaders
August 30, 2018
Babst Calland to Facilitate Discussion Regarding Autonomous Vehicles Technology

PITTSBURGH, Pa – On Friday, August 31st, The Department of Transportation’s Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, Derek Kan, will join Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) in Western Pennsylvania to discuss projects of regional importance, as well as emerging autonomous vehicle technology, with local leaders and professionals in the transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Justine Kasznica of Babst Calland’s Mobility, Transport and Safety practice will facilitate the roundtable discussion related to autonomous vehicles and drones among leading manufacturers, technology companies, and universities.

Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” and 33 Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©
August 15, 2018
PITTSBURGH, PA, August 15, 2018 – Babst Calland is pleased to announce that five lawyers were selected as 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the Pittsburgh, Pa. and Charleston, W. Va. 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 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Kevin J. Garber, Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Kevin Garber was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Environmental Law, Energy Law, Water Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Joseph K. Reinhart, Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Joseph K. Reinhart was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Natural Resources Law, Energy Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Mark D. Shepard, Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year”  in Pittsburgh, Pa. – In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Mark D. Shepard was also listed in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation.

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 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Oil and Gas Law, and Litigation – Environmental.

Christopher B. “Kip” Power, Environmental 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 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in 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, and Litigation – Municipal.

In addition, 33 Babst Calland lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, in the following 26 practice areas:

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

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