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Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. has promoted Amber Ervin and Tamarah Feigl. Ms. Ervin handles corporate matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies in the energy, manufacturing and retail sectors. She has extensive experience in private equity related representations, including fund formations and private equity sponsored mergers and acquisitions and capital financing transactions. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a finance degree from the University of Alabama.

Ms. Feigl concentrates her practice on real estate, working with clients in sophisticated real estate transactions. She counsels owners, developers and lenders in connection with the development, construction, financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition of all types of commercial real estate projects. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

John M. Schaffranek joined Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C. as associate attorney. Mr. Schaffranek is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Babst Calland said Keith J. Coyle, former attorney in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, joined the firm's energy and natural resources group, where he focuses on matters affecting the oil and natural gas pipeline industries. Most recently, Mr. Coyle was legislative counsel for U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the vice chairman of the joint economic committee. Mr. Coyle received his J.D. in Integrated Trial Advocacy from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Jillian Zacks, attorney at Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC, is the recipient of ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA 2013 Grandin Award. The award, named after autism pioneer Temple Grandin, honors an individual in Pennsylvania who worked with children, adolescents, and adults with autism. ABOARD's Austism Connection of PA provides autism support across Pennsylvania.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC said Mariah L. Passarelli, associate, was elected co-president of the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania. Ms. Passarelli is a member of the firm's labor and employment section, where she handles matters ranging from employment contracts and handbooks to collective actions and complex litigation. She is also a member of the firm's Nontraditional Couples & Practices group, and in 2011 was named one of the "40 Under 40 Most Influential Members of the GLBT Community" by The Advocate magazine.

Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP has elevated Amy Kirkham and Mark Martini to partners in the law firm. Ms. Kirkham is a graduate of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, and has been named A Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 'Rising Star' from 2008 through 2012. Mr. Martini graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 'Rising Star' for the years 2005 through 2012, and was named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" in 2011.

Ira Weiss, attorney, The Law Offices of Ira Weiss, was named a 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. Mr. Weiss serves as general counsel for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and also serves as special counsel to the Allegheny County Controller's Office. In addition, Mr. Weiss also received the Distinguished Achievement in Law Award for 2012 at the Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium and Special Education Workshop hosted by Tri-State Area School Study Council, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh's Law School and School of Education. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University.

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