Keith J. Coyle, a former attorney in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, joined Babst Calland.

As part of the firm’s energy and natural resources group, Coyle will focus on matters affecting the oil and natural gas pipeline industries.

Michael K. Martin joined Hill Wallack as an associate in the business and commercial practice group and litigation division.

Martin will concentrate on commercial litigation and work from the firm’s Yardley, Pa., office.

Carla Schiff Donnelly joined Gentile, Horoho & Avalli as an associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

Prior to joining the firm, Donnelly practiced family law for 11 years at Stern and Edlin, where she handled all aspects of divorce and post-divorce cases with a concentration on high-asset financial and complex custody issues.

Larry A. Silverman re-joined Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote after serving for 10 years as senior vice president and general counsel for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Silverman had practiced at Dickie McCamey for 20 years prior to joining the Pirates.

In addition to his of counsel position at the firm, Silverman will maintain his position as senior legal counsel to Aerotech Inc.

Elected and Appointed

Craig B. Huffman became a partner with Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander.

Huffman will continue to practice primarily in the firm’s family law department. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Clifford A. Rieders, a partner in the law firm of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters & Waffenschmidt, was reappointed to Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority.

Adam L. Fernandez of Wisler Pearlstine was appointed by the Nether Providence Township board of commissioners to be a permanent member of the township’s Zoning Hearing Board for a five-year term.

Fernandez is a member of the firm’s business, tax and estates practice groups.

His practice focuses on structuring and implementing business transactions and tax planning for closely held businesses and individuals.

Grace M. Deon was elected secretary of the Bucks County Bar Association.

Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee.

She is also a member of the firm’s employment and discrimination, education and school law, litigation, landlord–tenant and personal injury practice groups.

Mariah L. Passarelli, an associate with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, was elected co-president of the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Passarelli is a member of the firm’s labor and employment section and the nontraditional couples and practices group.


As part of "Courting Art," a grassroots effort led by the Montgomery Bar Association’s community outreach committee, artists over the age of 55, experienced or aspiring, are asked to submit original paintings and mixed media for a juried exhibition and contest on the topic of "What I Love About Montgomery County."

Interested artists can visit or contact Jack Costello at 610-994-3655.

Two free exhibitions where members of the public can view submissions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 and May 13.

A VIP reception and awards ceremony for participants, sponsors and members of the media is set to immediately follow the exhibition May 13. •