With shale work booming in the energy sector, Fulbright & Jaworski has opened an office in the Pittsburgh area, staffed by a group of six energy and environmental lawyers from K&L Gates’ Pittsburgh office. The new office is actually in Canonsburg, located southwest of Pittsburgh in an active area in the Marcellus Shale. Partner Ken Komoroski leads the group, which also includes partners Amy Barrette and Jeremy Mercer, associates Megan Smith Miller and Emily Beach Thomas, and counsel Matthew Sepp. The Pittsburgh office is the seventeenth for Houston-based Fulbright. The office opened on April 19, but the firm didn’t announce it until today. Komoroski says he and his group joined Fulbright because it’s the “best energy and environmental law firm in the country” and the firm’s energy expertise in Houston will help them with their work. Steven Pfeiffer, a Fulbright partner in Washington, D.C., who is chairman of the firm’s executive committee, says the firm has been doing a lot of work in the Marcellus Shale and can expand that with the new lawyers. “The Marcellus Shale is just an enormously important area,” Pfeiffer says. “We had people working there, and they needed the capability that Ken and his team bring.” He says the new lawyers and Fulbright had mutual energy industry clients, but he declines to identify them. K&L Gates has no comment, says Mike Rick, associate director of public relations, who returned a message left for Peter Kalis, K&L Gates’ chairman and global managing partner.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys