On the Docket Pittsburgh: 11/19/12

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Beck & Thomas P.C. announced that Charles H. (Chip) Dougherty Jr., Richard T. Ting and Regina Petruzzi Neumann have joined the firm.

Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Ting joined as shareholders where they are actively developing their intellectual property practice. Mr. Dougherty was previously a partner in the intellectual property group at Reed Smith, where he practiced for over 14 years and focused on counseling and litigation for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was executive articles editor of Law Review. Mr. Ting previously served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon. Prior to clerking, Mr. Ting was an associate, also in the intellectual property group at Reed Smith. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ms. Neumann joined as Of Counsel where she will be working as a trial attorney focusing on patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Petruzzi Neumann practiced with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and McCandlish & Lillard, P.C. She received her J.D., from Duquesne University, where she received honors for her involvement in its trial advocacy program.


Brian R. Boyer has joined Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C. as an associate attorney in its energy and natural resources and corporate services groups. Mr. Boyer concentrates his practice on oil and gas law, real estate, and corporate matters.


Pittsburgh-based construction law firm Dingess, Foster, Luciana, Davidson and Chleboski (DFL Legal) and three of its named partners have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as among the report's "Best Law Firms" and "Best Lawyers" of 2013. DFL Legal's recognition as a 2013 "Best Law Firm," includes both a "first-tier" ranking for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and a national ranking for construction law and construction litigation. In addition, John Dingess, Joseph Luciana and Brian Davidson were all designated as "Best Lawyers" in the categories of construction law and commercial litigation. Mr. Dingess was also designated a best lawyer for "bet-the-company" litigation and was named the Pittsburgh metropolitan area "Lawyer of the Year" for construction law.


The following attorneys from Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP were named to the 2013 edition The Best Lawyers in America: Dennis St. J. Mulvihill, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice law (defendants) and personal injury litigation (defendants); Arthur J. Leonard, insurance law and personal injury litigation (defendants); John A. Robb, Jr., commercial litigation, insurance law and personal injury litigation (defendants); Bruce E. Rende, commercial litigation and insurance law; and Daniel L. Rivetti, insurance law.


David A. Strassburger, a shareholder at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, was selected as a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society; fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Mr. Strassburger received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC announced the firm was ranked as a "Best Law Firm" at the national level for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization Law. Spilman's Pittsburgh office was also ranked at the metropolitan level in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law; employment law (management); labor law (management); and bankruptcy and real estate law litigation.

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On the Docket Pittsburgh appears every Monday. Send information to Natalie Hill, On the Docket Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222; or email to nhill@post-gazette.com. Photos may be sent in JPEG format to photos@post-gazette.com. Photo size should be an 8- by 10-inch or 4- by 5-inch head shot at 170 dpi.


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