On the Docket: 2/10/14

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Leech Tishman said Patrick R. Malone joined the firm's litigation and energy practice groups. Mr. Malone focuses his practice on commercial matters, including complex commercial, tort, construction and energy litigation. As part of the litigation practice group, he will handle a variety of commercial disputes.

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Julianne Cutruzzula Beil joined Cutruzzula & Nalducci. Her practice focuses on civil litigation. Ms. Beil is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where she served as president of the Student Bar Association and competed in the school's trial advocacy program.

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Seth I. Corbin, an employee benefits attorney with the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild LLP, was elected president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Mr. Corbin's employee benefits law practice focuses on pension and welfare, executive compensation, employment law, estate planning, corporate law, health law and taxation. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith K. Fitzgerald joined Tucker Arensberg's Insolvency and Creditors' Rights practice area, as Of Counsel. She has more than 26 years of experience as a bankruptcy judge, and has adjudicated more mass tort bankruptcies cases than any other bankruptcy judge in the country. She has an extensive trial background and frequently served as a settlement judge and mediator. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Fitzgerald teaches contracts, commercial law and bankruptcy courses at the Indiana Tech Law School as a tenured faculty member.

Before being appointed as a bankruptcy judge in 1987, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in complex frauds and criminal tax cases.

Burleson LLP said Bill Fahey was named a partner. Mr. Fahey, who joined Burleson's Pittsburgh location in 2009, concentrates his practice on oil and gas, real estate and land use law. He has also negotiated and drafted documentation for routine and complex commercial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and entity formations, and has handled a wide range of permitting issues and commercial leasing matters.

Duane Morris LLP has appointed Albert "Albee" Bates, Jr. to lead the Duane Morris Construction Group. On Jan. 1, Mr. Bates succeeded partner Robert Prentice, who assumed the chairmanship of the group in 1999 and led it through 15 years of significant growth.

Mr. Bates focuses his practice on the resolution of domestic U.S. and international construction claims, he also advises clients on project planning and execution strategies. He has significant experience with mega-projects and alternative project delivery systems, particularly in power generation, infrastructure projects and industrial process facilities. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Abernethy, Auld & Young, P.C. said Edward F. Twomey joined as an associate and will primarily practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and estate administration, orphans' court litigation, real estate and business law.

Post & Schell, P.C. said Jonathan C. Ascher, principal, was named as chair of the firm's workers' compensation department. Mr. Ascher joined Post & Schell in March 1995 in its Allentown, Pa., office, where he ultimately headed that office's workers' compensation practice. In February 2001 he led the firm's expansion into Pittsburgh.

Clark Hill Thorp Reed announced the election of attorney Joshua Farber to membership in the firm. Mr. Farber's practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate and corporate law. Mr. Farber represents real estate companies in tax assessment appeals, realty transfer tax planning and land use and zoning matters. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


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