On the Docket Pittsburgh: 9/10/12

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Grogan Graffam, P.C. said Dennis A. Watson was appointed by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills to a three-year term as a commissioner of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, a panel charged with the oversight and review of proposed and existing rules issued by various state agencies.

Mr. Watson, who has more than 30 years of trial experience, has been president of Grogan Graffam since 1998 and a shareholder in the litigation practice group since 1983. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial, construction, maritime, insurance and personal injury litigation. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Leech Tishman said that Lisa M. Schonbeck was certified as a "senior professional" in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute after passing an exam demonstrating her knowledge in human resource disciplines.

Ms. Schonbeck is an attorney in the firm's employment and litigation practice groups and has regularly advised employers on issues including Americans with Disabilities Act and Family & Medical Leave Act compliance, employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, severance issues, and wage matters.


Angelica L. Revelant, associate, Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, was named to the 2012 list of "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer. Ms. Revelant has also been named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers each year since 2010, and was a member of the Matrimonial Inns of Court in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Revelant has served as the opinion editor for Pittsburgh Legal Journal and case note author for Pennsylvania Family Lawyer.


Edward M. Stone joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a business and finance associate. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He has represented clients in a wide range of U.S. and international business law matters across a range of industries, with emphasis on complex mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and company formations.


Warren Ferry of Warren D. Ferry, P.C. was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the sixth time. He represents litigants in civil cases throughout Western Pennsylvania. He is also board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.


Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC said Neal P. Pierotti joined its firm. With more than 13 years experience, Ms. Pierotti joins the firm's intellectual property and technology practice, preparing and prosecuting numerous patent applications both in the United States and abroad.


Litigator Kimberly Brown joined Jones Day as a partner. Formerly a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP, she is a member of the business and tort litigation practice, focusing on commercial and insurance litigation and the defense of product liability and toxic tort actions.

Ms. Brown is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for several years.

A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Ms. Brown teaches litigation strategy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor.


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