Patricia Dodge, managing partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, was honored with the Civil Litigation Professionalism Award from the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Dodge has been a civil trial lawyer for more than 31 years, representing businesses, municipal agencies and individuals in commercial and business litigation, product liability and domestic and international arbitration proceedings. She also serves as a mediator and private arbitrator.
She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the immediate past president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. Ms. Dodge also is a trustee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. She received her degree from Duquesne University School of Law.
Gary J. Ogg was selected as a "Best Lawyer in America" for 2013 in the area of plaintiff's personal injury litigation. He was also named in the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Ogg is a founding member of Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky. He has represented clients in personal injury cases more than 30 years.
He is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, which is limited to trial lawyers who have achieved a trial verdict of $1 million or more.
The United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania has selected Franklin Blackstone Jr. of Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, as its 2012 Founders' Day Award recipient. The award honors individuals whose long-term leadership and commitment to the stewardship principles and mission of the Methodist Foundation have been exemplary.
Mr. Blackstone runs an estate planning and administration practice at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC has been named a 2013 tier-one "Best Law Firm" in family law, according to rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Pollock Begg has been named a Best Law Firm since U.S. News began rankings in 2010.
Jennifer L. Miller has joined Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP as an associate. Ms. Miller graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she received several CALI Excellence for the Future Awards and served as executive recent decisions editor of the Duquesne Law Review.
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. was awarded national first-tier recognition in three of its practice areas in the U.S. News' "Best Law Firms" rankings. It ranked as a "Best Law Firm" in construction litigation, medical malpractice law (defendants) and product liability litigation (defendants).
The firm also was ranked in first-tier metropolitan division in 10 practice areas. In Morgantown, W.Va., its personal injury litigation (defendants) practice area received top honors and in Pittsburgh, the following areas are first-tier ranked: commercial litigation; construction law; insurance law; construction litigation; eminent domain and condemnation litigation; medical malpractice law (defendants); personal injury litigation (defendants); product liability litigation (defendants); workers' compensation law (employers).
Peacock Keller has expanded its civil litigation group with the addition of a new associate, Eric D. Harbison. Mr. Harbison will concentrate his practice on energy law. Prior to joining Peacock Keller, Mr. Harbison worked with a boutique management consulting firm in Latrobe, where he focused his practice on the management side of employment law and commercial disputes.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as a topics editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and completed internships at the Allegheny and Westmoreland County District Attorney's offices, and the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps.
He was also awarded he Donald Laird Hankey Memorial and Honorable David H. Weiss Memorial scholarships by the Westmoreland Bar Foundation.
Taylor Frankovitch has joined Bowles Rice LLP's newest office, near Canonsburg. He is working in the areas of energy law, real estate and corporate law, and litigation. Mr. Frankovitch received law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, then a master of laws degree from Duke University School of Law.
In the 2013 U.S. News Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" survey, Burns White earned a national first-tier ranking in railroad law for the third year running, and three metropolitan first-tier rankings in Pittsburgh for mass tort litigation and class actions defense, personal injury litigation defense, and railroad law.
The firm also received a national tier-two ranking in mass tort litigation and class actions defense, a tier-two ranking in Pittsburgh for labor and employment litigation, and a tier-three ranking in Pittsburgh for commercial litigation.