On the Docket Pittsburgh: 1/14/2013

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Alyssa E. Golfieri, Sacha A. Kathuria and Ashley R. Passero recently joined the law firm Babst Calland as associates.

Ms. Golfieri joined the public sector services group and her practice focuses on municipal and land use issues. She is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Ms. Kathuria joined the business services and energy and natural resources groups, focusing on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters. She is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Ms. Passero joined the firm's litigation services group. She focuses her practice on general civil litigation, and she is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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The Washington County Bar Association honored Kenneth L. Baker, partner, Peacock Keller, with its Robert L. Ceisler Professionalism Award. The award recognizes attorneys who exemplify professionalism and who strive to encourage other attorneys, particularly those who are newer to the practice of law, to do the same.

In conjunction with the Professionalism Award -- named for Robert L. Ceisler, the Washington County defense lawyer who died in 2005 and who spent much of his career mentoring less experienced lawyers -- a donation will be made in Mr. Baker's name to the Washington County Law Library. A former attorney for the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army, Mr. Baker's practice focuses on estate planning and administration, real property and corporate and business matters.

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Joseph M. Witalec has joined Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC. Mr. Witalec is a member of the firm's bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice group, representing debtors, creditors and other parties of interest in corporate restructurings, Chapter 11 cases, distressed sales, commercial litigation, loan modifications and other insolvency-related matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Witalec practiced at the law firm of Jones Day. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Eric Bradley joined Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC as a member. With more than 16 years' experience, he joins the firm's real estate practice, focusing on commercial real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, development, leasing and title insurance.

He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

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Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby said the following attorneys in its Pittsburgh office were selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013:

Paula A. Kozcan, chair, medical professional liability group, was selected in the field of medical malpractice law defendants; David J. Rosenberg, partner, was selected in the field of insurance law; and Carl J. Smith, partner, was selected in the field of workers compensation law employers.

Weber Gallagher was also ranked on the 2013 U.S. News-Best Lawyers list for "Law Firm of the Year" in workers compensation law (employers).

The firm also received a national ranking, Tier 2, in products liability litigation (defendants) and a national ranking, Tier 3, in medical malpractice (defendants).

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made the following appointments: Magisterial District Judge Mary P. Murray (Allegheny County) will serve as chair of the Minor Court Rules Committee; and Magisterial District Judge Anthony W. Saveikis (Allegheny County), Magisterial District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright (Lawrence County); Magisterial District Judge Isaac H. Stoltzfus (Lancaster County) and Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Wendy Lynn Pew will serve as members of the Minor Court Rules Committee.

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Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. said managing shareholder Alan S. Miller was named of Lawyer of the Year in Pittsburgh in the Environmental Litigation category for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America.

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