Elected and Appointed

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of Pittsburgh elected Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney Amanda Gerstnecker to its board of directors.

Gerstnecker is a member of Meyer Unkovic’s corporate and business law and real estate and lending groups.

She works with private companies and business owners on corporate formation, governance and succession planning and commercial real estate transactions.

Jason E. Hazlewood of Reed Smith was selected by the firm to join this year’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.

The program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments.

Hazlewood is a senior associate in Reed Smith’s U.S. commercial litigation group. His practice focuses on both complex commercial and financial service litigation.

Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby partner Carolyn R. Mirabile was nominated vice president of the Montgomery Bar Association.

Mirabile is a family law attorney who concentrates her practice on divorce, support, custody, property distribution and drafting of marital settlement agreements.

She is also experienced in mediation and is a court-appointed custody mediator.


Widener University School of Law announced that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale is set to serve as speaker for the Harrisburg, Pa., campus’s 23rd commencement. He is a 2002 graduate of Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus.

DePasquale is scheduled to address approximately 110 graduates at 11 a.m. May 18 at The Forum in the Harrisburg state capitol complex. He will also be presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree.

DePasquale became Pennsylvania’s 51st auditor general in January 2013, after serving six years in the state House of Representatives.

A team of four Duquesne University School of Law students took home the top honors at the 51st annual Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition in Pittsburgh.

Joshua Ward, Laura Pitchford, Nicholas Yovich and Madi Bobb were members of the winning Duquesne Law team.

In addition to the team’s championship win, Ward was named “best advocate” in the preliminary rounds of the competition.


Galfand Berger partner Henry Yampolsky was honored by the New World Association of Immigrants from Eastern Europe at the organization’s “New World Glory” appreciation event in February.

The association honored Yampolsky for his positive difference in the immigrant community by giving practical help to immigrants and refugees.

Yampolsky practices in the areas of personal injury litigation, employment discrimination, labor law and workers’ compensation.


Eastburn and Gray announced the acquisition of the Ambler, Pa., firm Bresnan & Herder.

Joseph E. Bresnan and R. Rex Herder, name partners of Bresnan & Herder, joined Eastburn and Gray, effective March 1.

Bresnan is a general practitioner who has served Montgomery County, residents and businesses since 1985.

Herder concentrates on municipal law and litigation. He has maintained a municipal law practice since 1992.

The Legal will honor the Pennsylvania Litigation Departments of the Year in 2014 and is seeking submissions from firms throughout the state. Awards will be given for general litigation, as well as six specialty practice areas.

To read more, visit http://at.law.com/Lit2014 or email bseal@alm.com. The submission deadline is March 31.