Amy L. Barrette and Jeremy A. Mercer have joined Blank Rome LLP as partners in the energy, environment, and mass torts practice group. Barrette and Mercer join from Norton Rose Fulbright where their practices were focused on complex commercial litigation for upstream oil and gas companies. Barrette and Mercer are based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
Barrette regularly advises upstream oil and gas companies in negotiations with the Pennsylvania DEP and the EPA. She also advises clients in federal and state court actions on a wide variety of issues, including alleged contamination of water supplies from natural gas drilling operations, personal injury, contract, royalty, zoning, lease disputes, and environmental practices, including Act 2 remediation. In addition to trial work, Barrette also regularly represents clients in matters before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
Mercer counsels clients in the shale and hydraulic fracturing arena, advising on zoning ordinances and defending against lease invalidity claims and in litigation matters involving drilling-related contamination and health allegations. He has also counseled clients in matters involving rights-of-way, easement, and regulatory compliance. Mercer has extensive experience in state and federal courts, including trials and preliminary injunctions, as well as at the intermediate and appellate levels of the Pennsylvania courts. He has also represented clients in commercial litigation and arbitration matters in the real estate, employment, and healthcare industries. Mercer served as a law clerk to the United States Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, from August 2000 to 2002. He also served as a law clerk to the Franklin County (Ohio) Municipal Court from January to May in 2000.
Barrette received her JD, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Washington and Jefferson College.
Mercer received his JD, with honors, from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and his BA in Political Science, History, and Geography, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University.