PITTSBURGH, PA – January 3, 2018 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the election of Jessica K. Albert, Ray HughesStefanie L. Pate and Shana Metteauer Smith as new partners of the firm.

In addition, Leech Tishman partner Patrick W. Carothers has joined the firm’s Management Committee, where he will oversee firm governance, strategic planning and daily operational issues for the firm. Pat joins existing Management Committee members, Kaylyn Boca, David J. DelFiandra, Pete A. Fuscaldo and Ted Tishman.

Jessica practices in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office. Her practice focuses mainly on litigating state and federal cases, including complex civil litigation covering a broad range of legal matters such as ADA Title III class actions, civil rights, construction defects, breach of contract issues, negligence, fraud and insurance coverage. Jessica is also well-versed in employment litigation. She regularly counsels clients in OSHA compliance and litigates contested citations.

Ray practices in the firm’s Litigation and Insurance Coverage & Corporate Risk Mitigation Practice Groups and is based in Leech Tishman’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, tort defense, and insurance coverage. Ray is highly experienced in handling commercial litigation matters such as contract disputes, collections, foreclosures, mechanics’ liens, eminent domain proceedings, zoning disputes, and a variety of other legal issues that arise for his clients. He handles cases at all stages, from inception through trial. He also represents clients in tort defense matters alleging personal injury, property damage, business interruption, and other damages.

Stefanie practices in the firm’s Estates & Trusts Practice Group and is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office. Her practice focuses on the preparation of simple and complex wills, living wills and powers of attorney, trusts, guardianship planning and administration, planning for individuals with special needs, charitable gift planning, the development of lifetime gifting programs and the preparation of business succession plans.  Stefanie’s practice also includes estate and fiduciary litigation matters.

Shana practices in the firm’s Energy Practice Group and Business Oil & Gas Subgroup and divides her time between Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh and Houston offices, Shana’s practice is devoted to the energy industry. During the course of her career, Shana has negotiated and drafted the terms of deeds, easements and rights-of-way, option agreements, and leases; advised clients in a variety of corporate and real estate transactions; rendered many title opinions covering interests in oil and gas fields across the country; assisted with numerous due diligence projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions; and developed extensive knowledge of the midstream sector to guide clients through issues related to PHMSA compliance and asset acquisition. Shana’s wide array of knowledge and experience enables her to advise clients on many different legal challenges encountered by the energy industry. She routinely serves as a project manager, during which times she manages attorneys, contractors, and workflow to ensure that clients receive a high-quality and cost-efficient product in the timeframe proscribed.

Pat practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Corporate Practice Groups and works out of Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh and Wilmington offices, where he routinely represents businesses in various stages of financial restructurings- from out-of-court workouts to court monitored processes, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. Patrick represents clients in bankruptcy courts throughout the country, including numerous matters in Delaware, New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

“It is an honor to have these five attorneys join our partnership,” stated Pete A. Fuscaldo, managing partner of Leech Tishman. “Over the years, each of these attorneys has become an integral part of our Leech Tishman lawyer team as well as their respective practice groups. We look forward to their continued ability to serve the best interests of our clients.” Pete continued, “We are also pleased to welcome Pat to the firm’s Management Committee. Since joining our firm, Pat has continually demonstrated his commitment to Leech Tishman and has been a great asset to his clients and to our growing firm. We are confident that he will be a strong addition to the firm’s Management Committee.


Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, aviation & aerospace, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, embezzlement & employee theft, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Sarasota, and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 424.738.4400 or 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.