On the Docket Pittsburgh: 8/13/12

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Matthew L. Lambach and Travis B. Righter have joined Babst Calland as associates. Mr. Lambach and Mr. Righter both join the energy and natural resources and business services groups.

Mr. Lambach counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Lambach, who earned his J.D. from Duquesne University, was formerly with Peacock Keller & Ecker, LLP.


Mr. Righter advises clients in matters involving natural resources and energy, with a focus on oil and gas title issues and opinions. Mr. Righter, who earned his J.D. from West Virginia University, was formerly with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love LLP.

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP said Keith E. Whitson was recognized as the 2012 recipient of the Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono award. The award recognizes Mr. Whitson for his sustained record of performing pro bono work, numerous outstanding achievements of enduring value and providing inspiration and mentorship to many of his colleagues.

Mr. Whitson has worked on death penalty and prisoner civil rights cases, among others, but much of his work has been in immigration cases.

He has also handled a few cases that required him to advocate for expansion of traditional definitions of persecuted social groups: In one case, Mr. Whitson successfully argued that an Iraqi persecuted for giving assistance to the United Forces in Iraq was entitled to asylum, and in another he obtained asylum for a Rwandan woman who was a victim of domestic abuse.

He represents clients in all types of immigration proceedings, including asylum applications and removal proceedings and represents a variety of individuals and organizations in many different fields. He has participated in pro bono programs through the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, and is a previous recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award.


Jackson Lewis LLP said Cory Ridenour joined as an associate. Mr. Ridenour's practice is focused primarily on representing employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on both the state and federal levels. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville.


Ron L. Hicks Jr. of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP has been elected to the board of directors of the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society of Penn State University. Mr. Hicks is co-chair of the firm's business and tort litigation practice group and co-chair of the litigation section of Meritas, an association of independent law firms in major cities worldwide.

For the past 25 years, he has handled business litigation matters with a focus on misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, breach of restrictive covenants and contracts, insurance coverage, creditors' rights, social media risk management, and oil and gas disputes. He graduated from Penn State and Wake Forest University School of Law.


Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP announced that Edward B. Harmon has been named to the board of Entaire Global Companies, Inc. Mr. Harmon, who is currently a senior counsel and former partner at Thorp Reed, has more than 40 years of legal experience, devoted to serving as counsel for domestic and international corporations, banks and other institutions in mergers and acquisitions, disposition, investment banking, and financing transactions. He counsels boards of directors on strategic issues and corporate governance matters. Additionally, he teaches mergers and acquisitions law at the University of Florida.

Mr. Harmon earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Reed Smith LLP announced its selection and ranking by Law360 as a 2012 Global 20 Firm. The firm was ranked 16th on this year's list, up four spots from its 20th rank on the publication's inaugural ranking in 2011. Reed Smith's 2012 ranking is based on the number of countries where it has offices, the number of offices outside the U.S., the percentage of attorneys working outside the U.S., the breadth of its international work, and the size and complexity of its cross-border work.


Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, has opened an office in Canonsburg, Washington County. As the firm's first location outside Kentucky, the office will focus on mineral and environmental law for its current clientele in the area. Formed in 1897, SKO offers a large range of legal services from business litigation to family law and government relations.


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