Three alumni named to this year’s Pittsburgh Business Times “30 Under 30” Honor Roll

Three Duquesne University School of Law alumni have been named to the Pittsburgh Business Times "30 Under 30" honor roll.

The publication honored Alexandria M. Popovnak L'16, Anthony Vannelli L'17, and Derrick L. Maultsby, Jr. L'20 as three of the 30 most prominent business and nonprofit community leaders in Pittsburgh who are also under 30 years old. They were selected for their successful efforts to grow a business or nonprofit and for their contributions to the community and civic organizations.

Alexandria M. Popovnak is an associate at Blank Rome LLP where she concentrates her practice on general litigation matters and is actively involved in pro bono work. She is a recipient of Blank Rome's 2018 Pro Bono Hero awards and is also member of the firm's Well-Being Committee. Alexandria helped establish and is the Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association's committee centered around Lawyer Health and Well-being. She is a mentor through the Pennsylvania Bar Association Mentorship Program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCDL).

During law school, Alexandria served as a junior staff editor and then symposium coordinator for the Duquesne Law Review. She received her B.S. cum laude from Duquesne University.

Anthony Vannelli is Senior Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at United States Steel Corporation. In his current role, he oversees the financial decisions for the Mining division, as well as leading transformation and strategic projects across the North American Steel footprint. Anthony is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and actively contributes pro bono legal services for various organizations and causes in the Pittsburgh area as well as being a health, fitness, and mental wellness advocate.

Anthony is a proud evening division graduate who earned his law degree while working full time at U. S. Steel in progressively more responsible roles. He received his B.S cum laude in accounting from Duquesne University.

Derrick L. Maultsby, Jr. is a Consultant with Jackson Kelly PLLC focusing on corporate consultation and guidance in the technology, data privacy, small business, and sports & entertainment spaces. He is a co-founder the "Tech Legal Clinic" and the "Pittsburgh Tech & Data Summit." Derrick also helps lead the firm's efforts in diversity and inclusion, creating and organizing the firm's "In My Shoes" speaker series and leading in the conception and administration of the firm's pro bono clinic for black businesses and entrepreneurs. He also volunteers with the local chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Prior to law school, Derrick was a member of the Jackson State University football team before ultimately his B.A. magna cum laude in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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