Ohio Firm Opens Pittsburgh Office With Energy Group
Columbus, Ohio-based general practice firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease has opened a Pittsburgh office with three energy lawyers from Jackson Kelly.
About a year and a half after merging their Indiana, Pa.-based oil and gas boutique Gormly Gormly & Yuhas into the Pittsburgh office of West Virginia-based Jackson Kelly, oil and gas lawyers Kevin M. Gormly and Melissa McCoy Gormly have joined Vorys as a partner and of counsel, respectively.
Abigail L. Marusic, who had been an associate at Jackson Kelly, has also joined Vorys as an associate.
Kevin Gormly, who focuses his practice on litigation, transactional, environmental and regulatory work related to oil, gas and mineral law, told The Legal on Monday that he was interested in joining a firm with a strong presence in Ohio and called Vorys an oil and gas "industry leader" in the state.
"I thought they were well-positioned and well-respected in the energy industry," Gormly said, calling Ohio and Pennsylvania "two strongholds" of recent oil and gas development.
Pittsburgh-based recruiter Maura McAnney said Vorys is a "well-regarded Ohio firm" and that, with additional offices in Washington, D.C., and Houston, Pittsburgh is a logical choice for the firm to expand its energy practice.
With about 350 lawyers and $162 million in gross revenue in 2012, Vorys was ranked 159th on Legal affiliate The American Lawyer's most recent Am Law 200 list.
In addition to energy, the firm's practices include bankruptcy and creditors' rights, government relations, intellectual property, real estate and labor and employment, among several others.
Vorys joins a growing list of out-of-state firms that have opened offices in Western Pennsylvania with a specific focus on the oil and gas industry.
Vorys' entrance into the market comes on the heels of one of those firms losing two key attorneys, proving that the rise of the drilling industry in Western Pennsylvania has not necessarily made Pittsburgh a sure bet for firms coming in from outside the state.