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Legal Help

Christian Legal Aid

Law Studen Ministries

Center for Law and Religious Freedom

Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA

City:

Pittsburgh

President:

Lauren Rushak

Email:

clshq@clsnet.org

Phone Number:

NA

Meeting Information:

Third Thursdays

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!

About our Chapter:

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

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Lauren Rushak
President

Lauren Rushak is a Member of the Commercial & Corporate Litigation Practice Group at Clark Hill. Lauren represents national and international clients in business disputes, including tort and breach of contract actions, and provides litigation defense in class action and derivative suits involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil conspiracy.

Lauren also defends majority business owners against hostile takeover attempts by minority members and pursues and defends corporate, statutory books and records demands and litigation centered on fraud, misrepresentation and other business tort allegations.  Lauren represents clients in commercial real estate actions where she both pursues and defends contractual and tort claims on behalf of local and national real estate developers and other commercial entities.  In addition to litigating complex real estate matters, she regularly counsels commercial and residential real estate developers on litigation avoidance and best practices to avoid litigation, including potential litigation for breaches/defaults of commercial lease agreements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 1996 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, a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, and a former longstanding member of the Board of Directors (including Past President of the Board) of Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.  For multiple years, Lauren was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of Pennsylvania lawyers.  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, where they are active in various ministries and community service programs.


Delia Bianchin
Chapter Leader and Immediate Past President

Delia currently serves as Member/Partner at OGC Law, LLC, 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-four 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.

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

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.

 

 


Peter Pross
Chapter Leader & Treasurer

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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