The Legal Intelligencer covers the Firm’s growth in its Pittsburgh office
The article covers Saul Ewing’s continued aggressive expansion of its year-old Pittsburgh office with the addition of three partners and one special counsel from Pittsburgh-based Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, including its litigation, construction, and mergers and acquisitions heads.
The additions bring the office's total headcount to 13 lawyers.
Former Leech Tishman partners Charles Kelly, who was chair of the firm's litigation group, and Joseph H. Bucci, who was the chair of the firm's construction group, have joined the Firm as partners in the Litigation Department.
The move comes less than a month after Saul Ewing added four Employee Retirement Income Security Act attorneys from Thorp Reed & Armstrong.
Sarah Lockwood Church, who had been the head of Thorp Reed's employee benefits group, joined the Firm in March as special counsel. Former Thorp Reed senior counsel Paul A. Kasicky and Kevin A. Wiggins, joined as special counsel as well.
Managing Partner David S. Antzis said Pittsburgh's economy is growing, at least in part due to the Marcellus Shale natural gas play, which has created a demand for energy and environmental lawyers and ramped up the need for other legal services.
For example, Antzis said, the Pittsburgh market is currently experiencing a "construction boom," as increased oil and gas activity has created a need for more hotels, housing developments and office buildings. The economic growth in Pittsburgh has likewise led to a need for transactional attorneys and commercial litigators, he said.
Antzis said Saul Ewing views Kelly as a "great basis" on which to grow its Pittsburgh litigation practice. Now, Antzis noted, the Firm is in the market for some younger litigators, particularly those who can do courtroom work in matters related to its interstate pipeline clients.
The Firm opened its Pittsburgh office in May 2012 with four attorneys from the Pittsburgh office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.