Dateline Pittsburgh: 03/04/14

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Babst Calland named Justin D. Ackerman, Christopher J. Hall and Sean M. McGovern shareholders in the firm.

Mr. Ackerman, a member of its business services group, concentrates his practice on representing midsized corporations, closely held companies and family-owned businesses and their owners. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Hall, a member of its energy and natural resources and title groups, counsels clients on a wide range of oil, gas and mineral matters. He earned his J.D. degree from Vermont Law School.

Mr. McGovern, a member of the its environmental services and the energy and natural resources groups, counsels clients on a variety of federal and state regulatory issues related to coal mining, as well as conventional, coal bed methane, Marcellus, Utica and other unconventional shale gas well development, production, midstream activities, storage and transportation. He earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.

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Brian M. Hentosz joined Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP as an associate. He is a member of the employment and labor, intellectual property litigation, and litigation practice groups.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hentosz worked at a variety of places, including at the Tulane University Law School Civil Litigation Clinic as a student attorney. He received his J.D. from Tulane's Law School.

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Littler appointed Ted Schroeder as a member of its board. Mr. Schroeder represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law with a focus on employment law counseling and litigation before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals.

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Reed Smith LLP announced that James C. Martin, appellate practice partner, assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts. Mr. Martin is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was the Law Review's editor-in-chief.

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Lee DeJulius, a partner at Jones Day and a member of the its business and tort litigation practice, was appointed to a three-year term on the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Judicial Circuit by Theodore A. McKee, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The role of the Lawyers Advisory Committee is to comment on proposed rules of the circuit and on certain judicial council matters and to serve as a liaison between the court and the legal community.

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The National Conference of Bar Presidents has honored Charles C. Keller, senior counsel at Peacock Keller, with its 2014 Fellows Award. The award, established in 2005, honors an outstanding past president of a bar association that has demonstrated a continuing commitment to leadership, service, the work of the bar, and the purposes of the NCBP.

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