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Murray Ufberg was honored by Misericordia University with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at its commencement ceremony May 15. Ufberg served as a trustee of Misericordia for 30 years and, for his distinguished service, was awarded trustee emeritus status in 2015 upon his retirement from the board.


William C. Costopoulos has joined Saxton & Stump in Harrisburg to bolster its White Collar Defense practice and support the firm's Appellate and Post-Trial Advocacy and Attorney and Judicial Ethics and Discipline teams. After serving briefly as a Dauphin County Assistant District Attorney, Costopoulos began his career in private practice, handling many complex and infamous cases. His best-known cases include the defense of Dr. Jay Smith, the defense of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen and the acquittal of former City of York Mayor Charles Robinson. Costopoulos is also an accomplished author of three non-fiction books and three novels.


R.W. "Hap" Ziegler Jr. was named chair of the County of Santa Barbara's Civil Service Commission. Ziegler is Chief Operating Officer for Mesa Consulting, LLC., a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based firm that helps businesses of all sizes, professional service organizations and nonprofit entities maximize success.


Butler Buchanan III is the 2021 recipient of the Renaissance Man Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (NBA/WLD). The annual award recognizes an African American man who has demonstrated commitment to the empowerment, advancement and full participation of women of color in the legal profession.


Kenneth J. Horoho, a member of the Pittsburgh-based family law firm Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., has been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Committee on Rules of Evidence, to advise and assist the court in prescribing general rules governing all court proceedings in Pennsylvania.

Gino F. Peluso recognized by Saint Vincent College as a 2021 Alumni of Distinction in recognition of "exemplary service, commitment and the ways in which their accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of Saint Vincent."


James W. Saxton was named to Central Penn Business Journal's Power 100, featured as one of the most influential people in central Pennsylvania.

Francis C. Rapp Jr. joined Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in the firm's Litigation Group.


Suzanne Belot Norton accepted reappointment to serve on the Ohio State Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Certified Specialty Board. Her two-year term will run through Dec. 31, 2023.


Paul A. Lagnese was selected to serve a second term as President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the first person in PAJ's 54-year history to do so.


Charles F. Pegher is now a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, focusing his practice on trust and estate administration, litigation and estate planning.


Kimberly Moses is now Senior Director and Deputy General Counsel-Privacy at Gateway Health.


Kristen Del Sole is now a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, focusing on probate, estate and trust litigation.

Brad Cramer was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of HarbisonWalker International. He previously held these roles as Vice President, and will continue providing advice and counsel to HWI's executive management and Board of Directors while overseeing all legal and compliance matters for HWI's domestic and international locations.

Lisa M. Petruzzi joined Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in the firm's Family Law Practice Group.


Laura L. Reinhart was promoted to member in the Pittsburgh office of Cozen O'Connor. She has more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation, focused in the heavily regulated rail industry.


C. Melissa "Missy" Owen serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association. Owen is a founding partner of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, and her practice areas include state and federal criminal defense with a focus on white collar matters, financial crime, sex offense prosecutions and Title IX representation.


Elizabeth Jones Poggi was appointed President and CEO of Smithfield Trust Company.

Edwin W. Russell joined Meyer, Unkovic & Scott in the firm's Private Clients Group.


Joseph Richard Falcon III was appointed to the Newtown Township trails and greenways committee. Falcon is a member of Barley Snyder's intellectual property practice group and is a registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent attorney.


Jimmi Sue Smith will assume the role of chief financial officer of Koppers effective Jan. 1, 2022. Since February 2020, Smith has served as Koppers vice president, finance and treasurer, overseeing the global treasury management function.


Elaine "Lainie" Moyer joined Young Moore in Raleigh, N.C., focusing her practice on complex civil litigation involving transportation and general liability matters.


Jennifer A. Galloway joined Saxton & Stump's Trusts and Estates team as senior counsel and focuses her practice on counseling her clients and their families, as well as business owners and professional advisors.

Beth Kuhn is now Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery in London, and focuses her practice on capital markets.


Jazmine Grant is now a Board Member at Pennsylvania Women Work, a nonprofit workforce development organization dedicated to helping individuals find financial stability.

Anthony Judice is an associate at Tucker Arensberg, P.C., in the firm's litigation group.


Ashley R. Bozewski joined Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C., as an associate in the firm's Estates and Trusts practice area.

Natalie Miller is Senior Corporate Counsel at Clear Channel Outdoor.


Sara Aull is an adjunct lecturer at WVU College of Law, teaching Healthcare Law Torts for the fall 2021 semester. She continues to work in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel in the Torts Law Group and works as a group fitness instructor in Duquesne's Power Center.

Trisha R. Hudkins and husband Patrick welcomed a second daughter, Karter Mae, on March 6.


Kathryn VanDeveer married Chris Gioia, a Navy reservist, volunteer firefighter, and guidance navigation and controls engineer with Astrobotic Technology, Sept. 5, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hillary and Casey Rankin welcomed baby Theodore "Teddy" Benjamin on April 10. Hillary is an associate attorney at Morgan Lewis LLP, and Casey is an associate attorney at Andrews & Price LLC.

Alyssa Pietropaolo was named a member of the 2021 Dukes from the Last Decade, awarded by the Duquesne University Young Alumni Council. The selection is made from nominees who are DU graduates from the last 10 years and have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence, commitment and service to their community and dedication to Duquesne University.

Elisabeth Rather Healey was appointed as associate provost for regulatory affairs and applied innovation at the newly launched Office of Research and Innovation at Duquesne University. She is a registered U.S. patent attorney, a chemist and a patent holder with more than eight years of experience in intellectual property law.


Jaime L. Inferrera joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in its public finance practice group.


Allison M. Erndle is an associate at Burns White LLC, focusing her practice on Healthcare and Long-Term Care law defending doctors, hospitals and long-term care health facilities in medical malpractice and liability matters.

Ashlyn M. Grim joined Blank Rome's Pittsburgh office as an associate in its General Litigation group.


Jacob Hanley is an associate at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC., focusing his practice on a diverse array of complex commercial litigation matters.

Sarah Linder married Christopher Marx in a small, private ceremony Aug. 8, 2020. The couple just celebrated their first year anniversary with family and friends.


Arlia Duarte was awarded the Professor Louis Del Duca Memorial Award in Business Law from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The award is presented to law school students from Pennsylvania's ABA-accredited law schools who demonstrate academic excellence, especially in courses related to business law, and intend to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Robert Fitzgerald was awarded a MAX by AccessLex retroactive scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fitzgerald serves in the National Guard, and this past year served his country in challenging ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.