On the Docket Pittsburgh: 12/16/13

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announced the addition of four associates: Katelyn L. Carr, health care; Bridget J. Daley, litigation; Peter S. Reith, corporate; and LaToya G. Sawyer, real estate.

Ms. Carr received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and she was an intern for U.S. District Court Judge Maurice B. Cohill, in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Sawyer is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and served as managing editor for the school's Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law.

Ms. Daley and Mr. Reith graduated from Duquesne University School of Law.

Ms. Daley was an associate note and comment editor of the Duquesne Law Review, editor-in-chief of Juris magazine, and co-president of the Women's Law Association.

Mr. Reith served as the vice president of the Appellate Moot Court Board and competed in national appellate and arbitration competitions during his time in law school.

Renee Anderson was elected shareholder at Tucker Arensberg. Ms. Anderson leads the oil and gas industry group.

Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, she worked at Chevron, supervising title work and doing due diligence and transactional work.

Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Michelle R. Yarbrough Korb joined the firm as special counsel in its real estate practice group. Ms. Korb's practice is focused in the affordable housing industry with an emphasis on mixed-finance project development, including the utilization of low-income housing tax credits, as well as state and federal loan programs.

Prior to joining Pepper, Ms. Yarbrough Korb was a director at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Paul J. Gitnik of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC was elected to serve as a member of the board of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation for a three-year term.

Mr. Gitnik's practice encompasses the areas of business, estates and trusts, health care, municipal, nonprofit, oil-gas, real estate and tax laws.

He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. He also earned an advanced law degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

In recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the legal profession, his community and his firm, Charles J. Queenan Jr. was named chairman emeritus of K&L Gates LLP.

Mr. Queenan served as the firm's chairman from 1976 through 1990, guided the firm through its first merger in 1981 and additional office openings, and put in place many of the firm's foundational features that survive to this day. He is the only partner of the firm to be designated as chairman emeritus.

In addition to his leadership role at the law firm, Mr. Queenan also served as chairman of the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and chairman of the board of Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University.

Burns White earned nine rankings in the 2014 U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Best Law Firms survey. Most notably, the firm received a national first-tier ranking in railroad law for the fourth year running and a national second-tier ranking in mass tort litigation and class actions. Other accolades include the following metropolitan rankings for the Pittsburgh area: first-tier rankings in labor and employment litigation, mass tort litigation and class actions defense, personal injury litigation defense and railroad law; a second-tier ranking in media law; and a third-tier ranking in commercial litigation and medical malpractice defense.

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott announced that The Legal Intelligencer honored the firm's real estate and lending group at its Pennsylvania Best Law Firm Corporate Practices Awards. The real estate and lending group was recognized for helping its clients successfully complete many of the largest real estate transactions in the state between 2011 and 2012.

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