PITTSBURGH, PA – December 18, 2017 – This fall, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC (Leech Tishman) welcomed four new attorneys to the firm: Ryan D. DeMotte, Alysia L. Libby, Erica M. Pietranton and John R. Whipkey. All four attorneys are based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office.

Ryan DeMotte joined the firm as Counsel in Leech Tishman’s Litigation and Construction Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on complex business and construction litigation. Ryan has experience handling a broad variety of disputes, including the following: breach-of-contract, mechanic’s lien, PA Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, Uniform Commercial Code, partnership and LLC dissolution, property and land use, landlord/tenant, and insurance coverage. Ryan represents clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to large multinational corporations. During the course of his career, he has represented clients in connection with large industrial and infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ryan has served as lead trial counsel in proceedings in state and federal court as well as arbitrations. Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Ryan practiced at a mid-sized law firm and spent over 10 years at a large international law firm.

Alysia Libby joined the firm as an Associate in Leech Tishman’s Real Estate and Corporate Practice Groups. Alysia has experience with a broad range of both corporate and real estate transactional matters, including acquisitions, leases, and commercial and residential property sales. Alysia’s corporate and real estate practice primarily involves drafting a variety of different corporate and real estate documents and conducting due diligence reviews. Alysia served as a law clerk at the firm prior to joining Leech Tishman as an Associate. Alysia received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Alysia’s past experience also includes being employed by her family’s real estate company, the H.L. Libby Corporation.

Erica Pietranton joined the firm as an Associate in Leech Tishman’s Litigation Practice Group. Erica focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters, including those for both businesses and individuals. She has prior experience advocating for clients with respect to a wide variety of legal issues, including: contract disputes, chemical exposure and toxic torts, premises liability, professional negligence, products liability, and regulatory law in the gaming industry, among other issues. Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Erica was an associate of a mid-sized regional law firm and also served as Associate General Counsel of a publicly traded gaming corporation in the Pittsburgh area. She has extensive experience providing legal counsel to officers and directors of companies to ensure compliance with applicable gaming, employment, and contract law issues, as well as representing clients in administrative and regulatory matters before various government and administrative agencies.

John Whipkey joined the firm as an Associate in Leech Tishman’s Energy Practice Group. John focuses his practice in the area of oil and gas and routinely counsels clients with respect to transactional, leasing, title and litigation matters in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. John has extensive experience preparing certified title opinions and division orders for exploration and production companies and has advised clients relating to the acquisition of oil, gas and mineral assets in several states. Prior to joining Leech Tishman, John worked at several Pittsburgh law firms, representing clients in oil and gas as well as medical malpractice defense, employment matters, and general liability.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome all four of these talented attorneys to our lawyer team,” stated Pete A. Fuscaldo, Managing Partner of Leech Tishman. “Their past career and legal experience will serve as a great asset to these respective practice groups, and to the firms’ clients.”


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, 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, FL, State College, PA and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.

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