On the Docket Pittsburgh: 1/6/14

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James W. France and Jeffrey P. Brown have joined Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC.

Mr. France, who is a member of the corporate practice group, has more than 18 years' experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate banking, private equity, finance, commercial and corporate law and general corporate transactions. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Brown is an associate in the financial services practice group. He concentrates in the areas of corporate, banking, real estate, and securities law. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Leech Tishman said Michael J. Hammond joined the firm as counsel in the energy, corporate and litigation practice groups.

Before joining Leech Tishman, Mr. Hammond was a partner with Sadler Law Firm, LLP in Canonsburg.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney shareholder Peter J. Ennis received the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Association for Continuing Legal Education Award for his work on the Employment Law Desk at the Employment Law Institute WEST program.

Mr. Ennis handles labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges and helps to counsel employers on personnel-related issues including compliance with discrimination laws, hiring, evaluating and discharging employees, and drug and alcohol testing.

Dinsmore & Shohl said Dennis R. Very joined as a partner in the Pittsburgh office, bringing with him a variety of oil and gas law experience as chief compliance officer and manager of legal affairs for Mountaineer Keystone LLC, an Appalachian basin oil and gas exploration and development company.

Before his time at Mountaineer Keystone, Mr. Very practiced at Pepper Hamilton LLP, focusing on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. He also worked as outside counsel for a number of clients.

He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University.

Houston Harbaugh P.C. was named to the 2014 edition of US News -- Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms." The firm is recognized as a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Health Care Law. Firms are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.


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