Dateline Pittsburgh: 08/19/14

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Pepper Hamilton LLP said James J. Barnes joined as a partner in the corporate and securities practice group. Formerly managing partner of Reed Smith’s Pittsburgh office, Mr. Barnes’ practice includes working with companies to raise capital in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions. Mr. Barnes is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Howard Law Journal.

Robert M. Palumbi and Dylan B. Spadaccino joined Babst Calland as associates in its construction and litigation services groups.

Mr. Palumbi has experience in cases involving the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law, the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Torts Claim Act. A graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, he was previously with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.

Mr. Spadaccino concentrates his practice on construction litigation, which includes prosecuting and defending construction payment disputes, including mechanics’ liens, payment/performance bond claims and Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act claims. He is a graduate of South Texas College of Law, and was previously with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC.

Grogan Graffam, P.C. announced that John A. Bass was re-appointed to a three-year term on the Neighborhood Legal Services Association Board. Mr. Bass is a shareholder in the firm’s professional liability practice group and concentrates his practice in medical malpractice and nursing home defense. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer annually since 2009. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association is a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and families in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties.

Jason P. Camillo joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s intellectual property practice as an associate. He has experience rendering patentability, validity, state of the art and freedom-to-operate and clearance opinions on a wide variety of mechanical and electrical arts. His experience also includes logistics/procurement and combat engineering with the Army, business process design and technology implementation at U.S. Steel Corp., and trust and estates at PNC Wealth Management. Mr. Camillo received his law degree from Duquesne University.

The following attorneys from Goehring, Rutter & Boehm were named 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Stars:

Elizabeth Warner Altman, family law; Jessica L. Crown, family law; Jeffrey R. Hunt, business/corporate law; Megan M. Ott, government/cities/municipalities; John J. Richardson, personal injury defense: products; and Mandi L. Scott, appellate practice. 

Tucker Arensberg, P.C. announced that the Honorable Timothy S. Searer has joined as Of Counsel. Judge Searer served as President Judge for the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas from 1994-2013. In his new role, he will help expand the firm’s mediation and arbitration practice, focusing on a variety of cases including disputes between businesses and government agencies. He had served as the Mifflin County District Attorney and prior to that, the Mifflin County Solicitor.

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