On the Docket: 1/13/14

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney said Charles L. Potter, Jr., shareholder, has received the Tax Executives Institute Pittsburgh Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award, given to individuals who further the principles and progress of tax administration and the tax profession. Mr. Potter focuses his practice on federal taxation and state and local taxation.

Holly M. Forsberg, Nicholas J. Habursky and Jessica L. Henry have recently joined the energy and natural resources group and title group at Babst Calland. Ms. Forsberg, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Habursky, a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Ms. Henry, a graduate of The University of Dayton School of Law, counsel various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters related to gas title issues and opinions.

Richard L. Byrne, director and president of The Webb Law Firm, was inducted into the 2013 Freedom Area Educational Foundation Hall of Fame. Mr. Byrne was named the 2011 Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year and the 2012 Pittsburgh Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Byrne graduated from George Washington University Law School, where he studied patent law.

The Freedom Area Educational Foundation enhances the quality of the educational experience and extracurricular activities within the Beaver County school district by providing funding for student scholarships, teacher grants, new equipment for the Technology Club, and additional percussion instruments for the elementary music classrooms.

Eckert Seamans has been recognized by U.S. News' Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2014 for 63 national and metropolitan practices. In addition, 41 Eckert Seamans attorneys achieved placements in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition, with seven counted among the “Lawyers of the Year for 2014,” a distinction reserved for only a single lawyer in each specialty area of the law in each community.

Based on a combination of client surveys, peer interviews and editorial research, Eckert Seamans also earned National Tier 1 honors for its trademark law practice. Led by chairs David V. Radack, Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Philip E. Levy, the firm’s intellectual property practice has been widely recognized by legal ranking organizations and clients for its work in chemical, electrical, mechanical, medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, computer and metallurgical arts fields.

Edward P. Wojnaroski, Jr., of Williams Coulson Johnson Lloyd Parker & Tedesco, LLC, has co-authored an article titled, “IRS Position Puts More Skin in the Game of Using SCINs.” The article was published in Estate Planning, a national journal for lawyers concerned with the planning, conservation, and management of family assets, issued by Thomson Reuters.

Josh Rihs has joined Tucker Arensberg as an associate in the firm's energy practice group. He will focus on drafting oil and gas title opinions, analyzing title abstracts, leases, assignments, mineral reports, probate records, UCC filings and mortgages. He graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Cohen & Grigsby announce appointments of five new attorneys to its firm: Martin DiGiovine joins the firm's business services group as senior counsel. In this role, he advises for-profit and non-profit corporations regarding federal, state and international tax implications of various business matters. He earned his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law. Marshall Bender joins the firm's litigation group, bringing a broad range of experience acting as both defense counsel and plaintiff’s counsel. He earned his J.D. from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Jeffrey Berkey received his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law, John Bonaccorsi earned his J.D. from the Duquesne, and Elysia Tonti earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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