On the Docket Pittsburgh: 12/9/13

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Mark A. Smith from The Law Office of Mark A. Smith was elected into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Admission into the academy is by invitation only, with membership reserved for those civil trial lawyers who have exhibited excellence and the highest levels of ethical standards and professionalism.

The Webb Law hired patent attorneys Brian J. Gallagher and Kevin P. Hershey.

Mr. Gallagher received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. During law school, he clerked for Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Michael E. McCarthy, and served as an advocate for veterans in criminal matters through the Duquesne University Veterans' Court Clinic.

Mr. Hershey received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. At Pitt, he received the CALI Award for Legal Process, a Dean's Scholarship, and was a legal writing and analysis teaching assistant.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney said Matthew H. Meade, shareholder, was elected to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's board.

Mr. Meade is a shareholder in the firm's litigation section, and co-chair of its data security and privacy group. His practice includes commercial litigation matters as well as internal investigations and commercial technology matters.

Dean A. Calland, a founding shareholder at Babst Calland, was named an International Who's Who environment lawyer. Mr. Calland's international practice consists of complex acquisitions and divestitures for multinational chemical and manufacturing clients.

Who's Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association, selects nominees based upon surveys with general counsel and private practice lawyers.

Gismondi & Associates said attorney Jason Matzus joined as a principal. Mr. Matzus brings more than 18 years of trial experience in areas of medical malpractice and personal injury.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Matzus focuses his practice on all types of personal injury claims.

He also is an adjunct professor of law at Pitt Law.

Best Lawyers in America named 20 attorneys from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott as among the best in their practice area.

They are: Joseph Bartoszewicz, real estate law; Thomas Berret, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation (defendants and plaintiffs); Robert Dauer, Jr., litigation (bankruptcy); Patricia Dodge, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, product liability litigation (defendants);

Andrea Geraghty, eminent domain and condemnation law, real estate litigation, real estate law; J. Robert Hanlon Jr., real estate law; Ronald Hicks Jr., commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, construction litigation, real estate litigation;

Richard Kotarba, construction law, construction litigation, real estate litigation, real estate law; James Mall, commercial law, construction litigation; Robert Mauro, real estate law; Kevin McKeegan, land use and zoning law, litigation (land use and zoning), real estate law;

Russell Ober Jr., commercial litigation, construction litigation, product liability litigation (defendants); David Oberdick, commercial litigation, copyright law, intellectual property litigation, patent law, trademark law;

Joel Pfeffer, immigration law; John Powell, litigation and controversy (tax law, trusts and estates); W. Grant Scott II, real estate law; Beth Slagle, commercial litigation, insurance law; Robert Struble, employee benefits (ERISA) law, trusts and estates;

Dennis Unkovic, international trade and finance law; Joseph Vater, employee benefits (ERISA) law, employment law (management), ERISA litigation, labor and employment.

Brittany Holzer has joined Tucker Arensberg in its business and finance department.

Ms. Holzer is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where she served as secretary of her class and was a member of the Student Bar Association General Board.

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