Western Pennsylvania

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If you’re new to the website, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its contents.   

To get to know us better, feel free to check out the list of our current chapter leadership, which can be found on the Chapter Officers List. For general information or assistance, visit our Fellowship and Resources subpage. For those of you who may be interested in volunteering or know someone who could use some assistance, we have a page on Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh which provides pro bono services to many in need in our community. 

We hope you’ll visit us often – both at our Website and at our events. More than visiting, we hope you’ll stay – by becoming a member of Christian Legal Society.  If you're not a Member already, we encourage you to join today!

Thank You!


CLS Western Pennsylvania Attorney Chapter Leadership

Lauren Rushak
Chapter President

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Lauren is a Member of the Commercial & Corporate Litigation Practice Group at Clark Hill.  Lauren has twenty years of experience litigating cases in state and federal courts across the country.  She has successfully handled a wide variety of complex business disputes, including class action and shareholder derivative suits, involving claims for fraud, negligence, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and many other claims.  Lauren has also litigated numerous complex real property disputes on behalf of significant real estate developers and other commercial entities, centering on contractual rights, lien rights, and tort issues.  Lauren’s experience also includes representation of financial/lending institutions and service providers in cases involving contract, intentional tort, lender liability, consumer protection, unfair trade practice and related claims.  Lauren received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1999, where she was active on the moot court board and received the Outstanding Litigation Award from Forensic Economics Studies, Inc.  Lauren is an Appointed Member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Western District of Pennsylvania, a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University, a member of the Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania Civil Practice Guide publications, and a current and longstanding member of the Board of Directors (including former President) of Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.  Lauren and her husband, Rich, reside in Franklin Park with their three girls – Natalia, Khristina and Annika.  They are members of St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.


Delia Bianchin
Chapter Leader and Immediate Past President

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Delia currently serves as Senior Counsel at The Lynch Law Group, a boutique business law firm, where she focusus her practice on corporate, commercial, employment and litigation and serves as outside general counsel for business in the western Pennsylvania area.  Delia has over twenty-two years of experience, having spent the first decade of her career focused on complex commercial litigation at two prominent large law firms in Pittsburgh, and the second decade as General Counsel of a diversified contract manufacturing company before working with a dynamic start-up and then joining The Lynch Law Group.  Delia received her B.A. from Calvin College and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1997, where she served on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Commerce, and as a leader of the student chapter of Christian Legal Society.  Delia has been actively involved in community affairs, having served on the national Christian Legal Society Board, local branch Board for Bethany Christian Services, and as the founding President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Christian Legal Society. She currently serves on the School Board for Penn Christian Academy and HobNob Theatre. She is one of the founding board members of Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh, Inc., which has been providing pro-bono legal services to the poor and needy in the Pittsburgh area since 2004.  Delia is actively involved with St. Peter’s Anglican Church, where she teaches Sunday School and formerly served as Senior Warden. She resides in Butler, Pennsylvania with her husband Robert and their two children, Julia and Simon.


Mary Bates
Chapter Leader

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Mary is a member of the international law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. She work with companies in all stages of their development and manages complex legal and transactional issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development, and business operations. Mary works with corporate attorneys to advise clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries on virtually all transactional, operational, and strategic areas of their businesses. She assists in helping clients, from start-ups and non-profits to large public and private corporations, to identify key business and legal risks that could arise in general commercial deals. She provides tactical guidance on managing the complete life cycle of corporate agreements, and she reviews industry-specific agreements and general commercial agreements, as well as creates and successfully implements contract review and negotiation policies / playbooks. Mary assists corporate attorneys with the counseling of in-house business teams by effectively working with various departments and levels within the clients’ corporate structures to manage legal issues for cross-functional teams and provide guidance and practical solutions on various transactions.


Erika O’Donnell
Chapter Leader & Secretary

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Erika is an Associate Attorney at Stewart, McArdle, Sorice, Whalen, Farrell, Finoli & Cavanaugh, LLC, a general practice firm located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Her practice has been focused on family law, including divorce, custody, spousal and child support, premarital agreements, and post-nuptial agreements.  She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2016, where she served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce.  Erika serves as the Secretary of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of CLS and the Secretary of Christian Legal Aid of Pittsburgh.  Erika is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Westmoreland County Bar Association.  She also serves on the social committee of Court Appointed Special Advocate of Westmoreland, Inc.  Erika resides in Irwin, Pennsylvania with her husband Sam and attends Immaculate Conception Church.


Peter Pross
Chapter Leader & Treasurer

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Peter N. Pross is a Pittsburgh attorney who currently serves on the campus staff of the Coalition for Christian Outreach.  In that capacity, Pete works with law students in the Christian Legal Societies at Duquesne University School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Pete also reaches out to and mentors law students and recent law grads in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Previously, he was a creditors rights and bankruptcy attorney at various law firms in Pittsburgh.  He received a B.S in History from East Carolina University and an M.A. of History from the University of Richmond.  In 1982, he received his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Pete worships at Mosaic Community Church on Pittsburgh's Northside.  He and his wife Beth have two sons and three grandchildren.


Gregory Teufel
Chapter Leader

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Greg has 20 plus years of experience with large firms.  In 2015, Greg formed his own law firm in Pittsburgh, which now has four lawyers.  His practice focuses on outside general practice work and commercial litigation.  Greg is Member of the Board of the Christian Legal Society’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and Chair of the Legal Advocacy Committee for Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments.  He obtained his B.S. in Computer Science from King’s College in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994.  Greg resides in Mt. Lebanon, PA, with his wife Laura and two children.  He is an Active member of Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, PA, where he serves on session as an Elder and as Clerk of Session.

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Join the Leaders Bible Study

You are invited to attend the Weekly Lawyers’ Bible Study, which is hosted by local Christian attorneys on Wednesdays at lunchtime in the Parlor room, main floor, of the First Presbyterian Church on 6th Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh (across from the Duquesne Club).  The Bible study starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m.  This is a wonderful opportunity to join in fellowship, prayer and learning with local lawyers and fellow Christians.  Contact:  Pete Pross at ppross@ccojubilee.org for more information and to be included on his email reminder list.  Please come and join the group -- and bring a friend!


Looking for someone to pray for you?

There are a committed group of Christian lawyers in the Pittsburgh area who pray together regularly and who are willing to pray for your needs and requests.

Contact:  C. Robert Keenan III at crobertkeenan@gmail.com or at 412-427-6760.

May God bless you!

CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY LUNCHEON SERIES

 

Please join us at the One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, 14th Floor

Downtown Pittsburgh as we welcome

 

Gregory H. Teufel, Esq.

As he discusses

 

CHRISTIAN ETHICS IN DRAFTING CONTRACTS

 

Greg’s presentation will include discussion on the following issues, which are so critical to the practice of law generally, and particularly as a Christian attorney:

 

Role of Lawyers in Negotiations

Amendments and Waivers on Behalf of Clients

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

Due Diligence

Multiple-Party Representation

Attorney Fee Provisions and Costs

 

WHEN:  Friday, February 28, 2020

at 12:00 p.m. with a Lunch Presentation

 

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Registration, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Program

$50 fee includes lunch and 1.0 hour Ethics PA CLE

 

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Greg Teufel is the founder of OGC Law, LLC.  Greg focuses his practice on outside general counsel work, including drafting and negotiating contracts and

commercial litigation, including breach of contract disputes, customs litigation, construction litigation, employee benefits disputes and employment disputes. Before founding OGC Law, Greg practiced at several major law firms in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years.

 

He has trial experience in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and in the Court of International Trade, and has also handled AAA arbitrations. His appellate experience includes arguing before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Greg is a continuing legal education lecturer.

 

Greg is Founder and President of Law Office Spaces Mt. Lebanon, an innovative legal community, bringing a special variety of workspace sharing for attorneys in the Pittsburgh market.

 

Payment accepted at the door.  Checks made payable to "CLS WPA Chapter".  Credit cards accepted.  RSVPs may be directed to CLS WPA Chapter

cls.wpa@gmail.com