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  1. Oil & Gas: 40%
    26 years
  2. M & A: 40%
    28 years
  3. Securities Offerings: 20%
    28 years

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One Oxford Centre, Suite 3440
301 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


DCActive 200711/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Pittsburgh M&A Law "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers in America2015
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Corporate LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity - PennsylvaniaChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2011
Named one of 25 "Changemakers" in Pittsburgh regionPittsburgh Business Times2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Member, Pittsburgh OfficeSpilman Thomas & Battle2012 - Present
CounselSpilman Thomas & Battle2008 - 2011
Senior Vice President - Corporate DevelopmentPGMT Energy, Inc.2005 - 2006
PartnerMcGuireWoods2003 - 2005
ShareholderBuchanan Ingersoll & Rooney1988 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pittsburgh Public MediaBoard of Advisors2010 - Present
Silk Screen Film FestivalBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Murrysville Community LibraryMember, Board of Trustees2009 - Present
McGowan Institute for Regenerative MedicineAdvisory Council Member2003 - 2005
Pittsburgh Life Sciences GreenhouseTechnology Advisory Committee Member2002 - 2004
University of Connecticut Foundation Research & Development CorporationMember, Board of Directors2001 - 2005
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Life Sciences Greenhouse CommitteeMember2001 - 2003
Carlow College, Business and Technology Management ProgramMember, Advisory Committee1999 - Present
Pittsburgh Regional AllianceDelegate on Trade Missions to United Kingdom1998 - 2002
Forbes Field II Task Force, Office of the Mayor of the City of PittsburghCoordinator, Author of Final Report1995 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
University of Pittsburgh Law ReviewEarly Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Frontiers of Argument and Dissent2012
University of Pittsburgh Law ReviewCapital, Labor and Lawyers: The Changing Roles and Rising Influence of the Pittsburgh Bar During the Gilded Age2012
The Business Lawyer“Corporate Reorganizations in the 1990s: Guiding Directors of Troubled Corporations Through Uncertain Territory”1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Pomona College (Claremont)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association Annual LuncheonIntroduction of Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, William R. Newlin2013
Entrepreneurship Course, Washington & Jefferson CollegeCustomer Development2013
Allegheny County Bar Association - Federal Court Section, Annual Reception“The Pittsburgh War Behind the Scenes of Jones & Laughlin v. NLRB”2013
The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers Forging America from the Frontier to the Future19th century Pittsburgh bar2012
PIPLA April 2012 Dinner Meeting & Awards NightWestinghouse: A Genius Devises His Legal Engine2012
Fourth Symposium on 18th Century Life and CultureWhiskey, Guns & Lawyers: The Tumultuous Beginnings of the Legal Profession in Western Pennsylvania2012
Media & Stakeholder Relations Hydraulic Fracturing Initiative 2011Coordinating Crisis Reactions: Conversations about Strategy among a Company's Legal and Media Teams2011
University of Toronto, Department of Geography, Program in Planning“Pascal’s Wager in Pittsburgh: Financing and Planning Pittsburgh’s Stadium Projects, 1993-2000”2003
Science 2003 Symposium, University of Pittsburgh“And the Lawyer Says ‘Moo!’: Legal Perspectives on Groundbreaking Heart Surgery”2003
Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Annual Commemoration of the Whiskey Rebellion“The Role of the Practitioner in the Whiskey Rebellion: A Tale of Two Lawyers”2002
Academy of Trial Lawyers, Allegheny County, Annual Dinner Keynote Address“The Past is Prologue: A Visit with our Western Pennsylvania Legal Ancestors”2002