On the Docket Pittsburgh: 9/17/12

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Elisabeth R. Healey joined The Webb Law Firm as a patent agent. Ms. Healey has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Florida and has industrial and academic experience in the design, synthesis and characterization of pharmaceutical compounds, organic intermediates, and other organic and inorganic compounds. Ms. Healey is co-author of more than 25 articles in established scientific journals and papers at regional, national and international conferences.


Frank G. Salpietro and Colleen Ramage Johnston have been certified as life members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, while members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award, or settlement.

Ms. Ramage Johnston is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. She primarily represents plaintiffs in litigation of employment matters involving age, gender, disability, and retaliation discrimination, and various employment issues. Mr. Salpietro is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His practice over the last 26 years has centered on civil litigation and class-action lawsuits.


Shanicka L. Kennedy, transportation associate, Burns White, was named as one of this year's 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project for her commitment to shaping the Pittsburgh region.

For nearly 20 years, Ms. Kennedy, an advocate for the underprivileged, has worked in various roles that have allowed her to make a significant impact on the personal lives of youths and adults in the Pittsburgh region. All recipients will be featured in the November 2012 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine and recognized at an awards event on Nov. 2 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown.


Tucker Arensberg said the following attorneys were named as Best Lawyers for 2013:

Richard B. Tucker III, appellate; Daniel J. Perry, banking and finance, financial services regulation, project finance; Donna M. Donaher, bankruptcy, creditor right and debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization litigation; Beverly Weiss Manne and Michael A. Shiner, bankruptcy, creditor and debtor rights and insolvency and reorganization; Gary P. Hunt, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation-banking and finance; Jeffrey J. Leech, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation; Stephen M. Greecher and Bradley S. Tupi, commercial litigation; Kenneth W. Lee, construction, litigation-construction; Ralph F. Manning, construction, corporate compliance, corporate governance; Charles J. Vater, corporate governance, trust and estates; James G. Morgan, Jr., commercial litigation, criminal defense white-collar; Matthew M. Hoffman and Thomas P. Peterson, education law; Gary J. Gushard, elder law, municipal law; William H. Powderly III, employee benefits; Robert L. McTiernan, employment law, municipal law; Michael A. Cassidy and J. Kent Culley, health care; Donald P. Eriksen, natural resources, oil and gas; Lee C. Swartz, personal injury; William Campbell Ries, trusts and estates; and Dennis R. Sheaffer, worker's compensation.


Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, P.C., said Robert E. Dapper, Jr., was named to the 2012 Top 50 Pittsburgh Super Lawyers list. Mr. Dapper's practice is concentrated in the area of commercial litigation, including insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, professional liability and employment cases. He also maintains an active defense litigation practice, with an emphasis on transportation and catastrophic claims.

The firm also announced that Lawrence J. Baldasare, Stuart W. Benson III, Bryson F. Datt, Jr., David H. Dille, Christopher M. Jacobs and Harry J. Klucher were named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, while Douglas J. Stipanovich and Kristy L. Rizzo were named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list.


Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP announced that Elliot Dater joined as partner, business services department. Mr. Dater's practice focuses on defense, technology and life sciences companies, investors in all stages of private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, commercial law, government contracting and general corporate counseling. Mr. Dater is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he co-teaches a course on law and entrepreneurship.


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