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Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C. announced the addition of three new attorneys: W. Richard Hathaway II, Ashley Wingard and Christina S. Zanic.

Mr. Hathaway II has joined as an associate and a member of its energy and natural resources group. He concentrates his practice on oil and gas law.

Ms.Wingard joined as an associate and a member of its energy and natural resources services group.

Ms. Zanic joined as an associate and a member of its corporate, energy and natural resources, and real estate services groups.

Amanda Gerstnecker, attorney, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, was named to the board of The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of Pittsburgh (GLSEN).

Ms. Gerstnecker is a member of the firm’s corporate and business law and real estate and lending groups. She earned her degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

GLSEN Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization that promotes safe educational environments that are free of harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC announced that Frank C. Botta, a partner in its labor and employment law practice and co-chair of its transportation group, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Transportation Lawyers Association. In addition to his duties as secretary/treasurer, he will serve as a voting member of the organization’s executive committee.

Mr. Botta is a certified arbitrator and mediator.

The Transportation Lawyers Association is an independent, international bar association whose members assist providers and commercial users of logistics and transportation services.

Grogan Graffam, P.C. said Joseph A. Macerelli, shareholder, was appointed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator and Arbitrator by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Macerelli has participated in numerous Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings and recently completed 40 hours of formal mediation training provided by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Macerelli chairs the firm’s professional liability practice group and has been a member of its board of directors since 1986. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

Paul J. Gitnik of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC was appointed to serve on the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission by Mayor Bill Peduto. Mr. Gitnik was also elected to the position of Secretary of the Commission.

Mr. Gitnik’s practice encompasses the areas of business, estates and trusts, healthcare, municipal, nonprofit, oil-gas, real estate and tax laws. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. He also earned an advanced law degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law.

The planning commission is a nine member panel appointed by the mayor for six-year staggered terms.

Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC announced the firm moved its Pittsburgh office to 525 William Penn Place, Suite 3005, Pittsburgh 15219. In addition, the firm announced that Jason Lawrence, associate, joined its construction practice group. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law.

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