On the Docket Pittsburgh: 3/5/12

March 5, 2012 12:01 am

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Swensen Perer & Kontos announced that CJ Engel was named a partner. Mr. Engel joined the firm after earning his JD at the University of Pittsburgh. He will concentrate on cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Jennifer L. Webster and Nicholas L. Fiske also joined as associates. Ms. Webster received a JD from the University of Pittsburgh Law School and later received a masters in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Fiske earned a JD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In addition, partners Alan H. Perer and George M. Kontos were again named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2012.

Education Law Center, a non-profit public interest law firm focused on public education, reported that Nancy E. Potter has joined as a staff attorney in its Pittsburgh office. Ms. Potter will have a special focus on at-risk children and improving school climate and school libraries. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and served as a judicial law clerk to Oliver J. Lobaugh.

Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C. said Christine Gale, shareholder, is a recipient of the 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Attorney Pro Bono award. Ms. Gale received the award for her service as a volunteer family law attorney at the Uptown Legal Clinic at Bethlehem Haven, which helps homeless women regain self-sufficiency.

Ms. Gale was also the recipient of the 2009 Allegheny County Bar Association Jane F. Hepting Pro Bono Award.

Steven A. Walton and Stephanie T. Kramer have joined Rothman Gordon, P.C. as associates. Mr. Walton is practicing with the corporate department and the Marcellus and Utica shales practice group. He holds an M.A. in industrial and organizational psychology from George Mason University and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. Ms. Kramer is practicing with the estates, trusts and taxation group. She holds an M.B.A. from Geneva College and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University.

DiBella Geer McAllister & Best announced the election of Matthew C. Lenahan as a partner. Mr. Lenahan has been with the firm since 2004, and specializes in insurance coverage litigation, bad faith and first-party insurance defense. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC promoted the following Pittsburgh attorneys: Shawn N. Gallagher, counsel, energy and real estate; Daniel C. Garfinkel, counsel, litigation; Robert V. Glentzer, counsel, financial services; Lisa M. Passarello, counsel, labor and employment; Perry S. Patterson, shareholder, corporate; Marc T. Thirkell, counsel, litigation; and Penny E. Zacharias, shareholder, financial services.

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. said that Brett W. Farrar, Bryon R. Kaster and Timothy R. Stevenson have been elected shareholders.

Mr. Farrar works in the Pittsburgh office and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense and civil litigation. He served as a law clerk to Eugene E. Fike II in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and as an attorney in the Bayer Corp. litigation department. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

Mr. Kaster works in the Harrisburg office and is a member of its commercial law and litigation and insurance law and litigation practice groups. He received his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.

Mr. Stevenson is based in the Pittsburgh office, where he concentrates his practice in the area of business torts and commercial litigation with a particular emphasis in construction and surety law. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

First Published 2012-03-04 23:13:44

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