Houston Harbaugh Announces Promotions for 2023

January 30, 2023

Houston Harbaugh has announced six attorneys have been promoted. On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Directors, the following promotions are effective immediately: Charles D. Scholz and Brendan A. O’Donnell have been elected to Shareholders/Directors, Erik M. Bergenthal and Corey A. Bauer from Senior Associate to Senior Attorney, and Jake S. Oresick from Associate to Senior Associate.

The promotions range across several of the firm’s key practice areas, including Business Law, Employment and Labor Law, Insurance, Litigation, and Oil and Gas.

“We congratulate each one of these outstanding attorneys for their hard work and dedication in achieving these well-earned promotions. We look forward to great things from them in the future,” said Alex W. Thomson, President of Houston Harbaugh.

Houston Harbaugh’s Newest Shareholders/Directors

Head shot photo of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lawyer Brendan O'Donnell at Houston Harbaugh

Brendan A. O’Donnell – Brendan O’Donnell is a highly qualified and experienced attorney in the Oil and Gas Law practice. He also practices in our Environmental and Energy Practice. Brendan represents landowners and royalty owners in a wide variety of matters, including litigation and trial work, and in the preparation and negotiation of leases, pipeline right of way agreements, surface use agreements, and oil gas and mineral conveyances

Charles Scholz Attorney Headshot

Charles D. Scholz – Charles’s practice focuses on providing clients with general corporate and business counseling, as well as assisting them with business planning, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and corporate finance. Having spent a number of years working as in-house counsel for closely-held businesses, Charles has a keen understanding of the day-to-day commercial matters that companies deal with which enables him to provide practical and pragmatic advise to clients.

Houston Harbaugh’s Additional Promotions

Corey A. Bauer, trade secret litigator, patent litigator, data privacy, and commercial litigation.

Corey A. BauerCorey is a business, patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigator, practicing in the firm’s substantive practice areas of Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response, Trade Secret Litigation and DTSALaw®, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, and UAS/UAV (drone) advocacy and investigations. As a complement to his civil practice, he also maintains a federal criminal defense and investigations practice.

Erik Bergenthal Headshot

Erik M. BergenthalErik has a diverse legal background covering complex civil litigation, non-compete disputes, construction litigation, petitions for guardianship, zoning appeals and collection cases. He has additional experience researching chain of title and drafting Certified Title Opinions.

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Jake S. OresickJake Oresick is a litigator, focusing his practice in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental law, intellectual property, and construction. As a part of his insurance practice, Jake has represented insurance companies in matters related to first-party property damage, auto liability/UIM, and employment loss, in addition to providing insurers with coverage opinions during the claims handling process.

About Houston Harbaugh, P.C.

Our firm offers individualized solutions and the highest quality, client-driven and cost-effective legal services. Houston Harbaugh, P.C., is a well-known law firm in Pittsburgh, serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Our diverse practice areas include Business Law, Business Litigation, Estate and Succession Planning, Intellectual Property Litigation and Prosecution, Employment and Labor, Employee Benefits, Oil and Gas, Landowner and Property Dispute Counseling and Litigation, Health Care, Environmental, Real Estate, Construction, Complex Tort and Catastrophic Injury Litigation, Insurance coverage and Bad Faith Law. As one of the 20 largest law firms in Pittsburgh, our lawyers serve clients on a regional and national basis.

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