On the Docket Pittsburgh: 2/24/14

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Robert Max Junker joined Babst Calland as an associate in the public sector services group. Mr. Junker has served as a municipal and school district solicitor for several years, and he is currently the solicitor for the boroughs of Franklin Park and Bell Acres. He counsels and represents the firm's municipal clients on general municipal issues including tax assessment appeals, municipal taxation, public bidding, code enforcement, and other issues. He is graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, and was formerly with the Law Offices of Ira Weiss.

Dinsmore & Shohl announced that Brandon D. Coneby has been named partner. He is a member of the firm's litigation department and practices in its energy and natural resources group. He represents energy companies and landowners in connection with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulatory programs. In addition to his environmental practice, a small portion of his practice involves advising clients on issues involving the aquatics industry.

Zimmer Kunz, PLLC has elected its board and board officers for 2014: President, Daniel Krauth; secretary, Sharon Hall; treasurer, Christopher Yoskosky; and Joni Mangino was re-elected as vice president. Jeffrey Ramaley, former president, continues to serve on the board.

David P. Stitzel has joined Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP as an associate in the intellectual property and intellectual property litigation practice groups. Mr. Stitzel focuses his practice on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, opinions and litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Kelly Thomas joined Julian Gray Associates as a legal assistant. She has experience in estate planning, with an emphasis on special needs planning, guardianship and estate and trust administration.

Candice L. Komar, founding partner, and Stephanie L. Jablon, senior associate, of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, have received certification in mediation, allowing the boutique family law practice to offer mediation services to clients. A growing family law trend, mediation is an alternative dispute resolution option, by which the parties jointly hire a mediator to assist them in working out a mutually satisfactory agreement without a trip to court. Both Ms. Komar and Ms. Jablon completed 40 hours of training each and were granted certification through the Associations of Conflict Resolution..

Brian C. Vertz, partner, Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz, received his certificate as a family law arbitrator from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. With this credential, Mr. Vertz can offer arbitration services to estranged couples seeking a more confidential, swift and sophisticated option to resolve their divorce without litigation and out of the general court system.

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