On the Docket: 1/20/14

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announced the addition of Chaitra Gokul-Srinath to the firm's corporate finance section. Ms. Gokul-Srinath concentrates her practice in corporate governance, regulatory compliance, finance and mergers and acquisition matters. She comes to Buchanan from a multi-practice law firm where she gained experience functioning as in-house counsel for a private university, and as a legal adviser to the board of directors of a non-profit arts organization.

Peter J. Kalis, chairman and global managing partner, K&L Gates LLP, was recognized as one of the legal industry's most innovative and ground-breaking thinkers in The National Law Journal's inaugural list of the "Top 50 Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers."

The list recognizes 50 innovators who, according to the publication, "have truly 'moved the needle' in facilitating the changing ways that law firms conduct business."

Including in the category of "Strategists and Drivers," the publication cites Mr. Kalis for leading K&L Gates' expansion from a largely East Coast-based U.S. firm in the 1990s to one of the largest law firms in the world, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 48 offices on five continents, a global footprint that "allows the firm to advise on new challenges due to governmental regulation around the world and movement of capital and product across national borders."

George A. Miller of Bromberg & Miller was elected to a two-year term as president of the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association. In addition to sponsoring a Division I Rugby Club, the Harlequins actively provide community rugby programs to disadvantaged youth and teen groups throughout Allegheny County.

Holly A. Pisanelli and Natalie L. Thompson have joined the title and energy and natural resources groups of Babst Calland. Ms. Pisanelli, a graduate of John Marshall Law School, and Ms. Thompson, a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, counsels various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transaction matters as they relate to gas title issues and opinions.

Dusty Elias Kirk was appointed to the board of Riverlife. Ms. Kirk is a partner at Reed Smith LLP and the practice group leader of the firm's global real estate group. Riverlife works with property owners, elected officials and community groups to build Pittsburgh's interconnected downtown riverfront park system.

Houston Harbaugh, P.C. was named to the 2014 edition of U.S. News' and Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms." The firm is recognized as a metropolitan "Tier 1" firm in health care law.

Blumling & Gusky, LLP said Gerald Cook has joined as an attorney in its corporate and transactional group. Mr. Cook has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, specializing in franchise and distribution law.

Ogg Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. announced that, in U.S. News' and Best Lawyers' 2014 Best Law Firms rankings, the firm has been named in the "Tier 1" group in the category of plantiffs' personal injury litigation.

McGuireWoods LLP promoted Bryan C. Brantley to partnership level. Mr. Brantley represents clients in a wide variety of litigation, including product liability cases, commercial litigation, and toxic tort and environmental litigation. He has experience defending clients in manufacturing, the life sciences and pharmaceutical and transportation industries.


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