On the Docket: 1/27/14

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The Law Offices of Ira Weiss said Nicole Wingard Williams has rejoined the firm as an associate. In her previous tenure at the firm, Ms. Williams represented school district clients as solicitor at school board meetings and in negotiations for collective bargaining agreements. Most recently, she was employed at K&L Gates. Ms. Williams received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mike Cassidy was elected chair of the business and finance department of Tucker Arensberg. He was also re-elected to the firm's board. Mr. Cassidy will oversee several practice groups, including: financial institutions, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, intellectual property, tax, employee benefits, municipal and school law, energy, and health law. He focuses his practice on health law.

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Burns White LLC announced the promotion of three Pittsburgh attorneys to member: Jason J. Cervone, Stephen A. Hall and Amanda H. Sargent.

Mr. Cervone joined Burns White in 2004, and focuses his practice in the areas of banking, business practices, general liability litigation and railroad defense litigation. Mr. Cervone, who is a certified commercial lender and an approved title attorney, advises clients on commercial transaction and investment matters. Mr. Cervone graduated from West Virginia University School of Law.

An attorney at the firm since 2004, Mr. Hall practices in several areas of trial and appellate litigation, including railroad defense involving occupational injury, and grade crossing and wrongful death claims brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act. In addition, Mr. Hall co-chairs the estate planning and administration group, assisting families with a wide range of estate planning needs, including planning for children with special needs. Mr. Hall received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University.

Ms. Sargent, who joined the firm in 2005, represents an array of clients in transportation law, business law and general litigation. She also counsels clients on general business matters, including business contracts, entity formations and business disputes. Ms. Sargent is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

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Blumling & Gusky, LLP named Steve Engel and Scott Zegeer partners. Mr. Engel has litigated claims involving payment bonds, mechanics' liens, delays, disruption, extra work, differing site conditions, professional negligence, construction defects, indemnity, lost profits and property damage. He received his J.D. from the University Of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Zegeer concentrates his practice in tax and corporate law, and has a range of experience in state and federal tax disputes. He received his J.D. from George Washington University.

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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin said Melissa Devich Cochran, a member of the firm's casualty department, was elected a shareholder of the firm. She primarily focuses her practice on toxic tort litigation and handles general liability cases. She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past two years, and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations.

She received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

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The board of The Webb Law Firm elected Julie W. Meder to its management committee. Ms. Meder is an intellectual property attorney involved with all aspects of IP law, including litigation matters and patent protection. Ms. Meder has extensive experience in law, business, and technical fields such as chemical engineering, physics, and life sciences. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


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