WASHINGTON and PITTSBURGH, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Babst Calland today announced the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C., and the addition of two experienced energy attorneys, James Curry and Keith Coyle. Attorneys Curry and Coyle represent clients in the energy industry on a variety of matters, particularly in the areas of pipeline safety and the transportation of hazardous materials, and are joining the Firm's Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group as shareholders. Adding to the Firm's energy and environmental capabilities, these new attorneys bring deep experience in compliance, regulatory and legislative affairs, strategic counseling, enforcement, litigation, and audit preparation.
Attorneys Curry and Coyle are joining Babst Calland from a prominent D.C. environmental and energy law firm, where they played a critical in role in developing and expanding a nationally-recognized pipeline safety practice group. Both previously served as attorneys for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency that oversees the safety of the country's growing network of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. Active in several pipeline trade organizations and a frequent speaker at industry events, Curry counsels clients throughout the United States on PHMSA compliance matters and other transportation-related issues. Coyle, a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force who also specializes in PHMSA and transportation matters, is returning to Babst Calland, where he was an associate attorney earlier in his career.
The opening of the Firm's new Washington, D.C. office, its sixth location, marks a significant event in Babst Calland's 30-year history. The new office will be located at The Southern Building at 805 15th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC. Founded in 1986, the Firm has a nationally-recognized environmental practice and is a leading provider of legal services to the energy industry in the Appalachian Basin and beyond.
Commenting on these developments, Chester R. Babst III, managing shareholder of Babst Calland, said, "We are expanding the capabilities of our nationally-recognized energy and environmental practice through the addition of Jim Curry and Keith Coyle, and the creation of a Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice with a new office in our nation's capital. We are very pleased to welcome these well-regarded attorneys to our Firm as they share similar values, experience and philosophy for serving clients, some with whom we have shared business relationships," said Babst.
"It is an exciting time for us to join Babst Calland, a firm with a significant energy and environmental legal practice and reputation that will complement our Pipeline and HazMat Safety practice in support of clients across the United States," said Attorneys James Curry and Keith Coyle.
About Babst Calland
Babst Calland was founded in 1986 and has represented environmental, energy and corporate clients since its inception. The Firm has grown to more than 130 attorneys who concentrate on the current and emerging needs of clients. This team of lawyers has focused practices in energy and natural resources, construction, employment and labor, environment, land use, litigation, and transaction and business services law. Babst Calland was ranked as the Pittsburgh region's largest energy law firm by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2013.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Babst Calland also has offices in State College, Pa., Charleston, W.Va., Canton, Ohio, Sewell, N.J. Babst Calland and now Washington, D.C. Babst Calland's attorneys have been acknowledged by various organizations, including: U.S. News & World Report's "Best Law Firms," "Best Lawyers in America," "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers," and Chambers USA's America's Leading Lawyers for Business. For more information, including attorney profiles, visit babstcalland.com.
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