Congratulations to the New President of Duquesne University

Spilman is thrilled to congratulate Ken Gormley, J.D., on his installation as Duquesne University’s 13th president.

Ken has had a long and distinguished legal career and follows in the footsteps of other attorneys turned presidents including University of Pittsburgh’s Mark Nordenberg, West Virginia University’s E. Gordon Gee, St. Vincent College’s James Towey and John Murray, Duquesne’s 11th president.

With Ken at the helm, Duquesne is poised for continued growth and success.


Protecting a Precious Asset- Your Trademarks (or Your Brands): Part Three in Our Trademark Series

In our last article, we explained trademark filings for showing continuous use of a mark.

This third article in our trademark series explains renewal applications and practical suggestions for the trademark owner to avoid losing trademark protection for its marks.

Click here to learn about when you must renew, how to renew and the evidence you must provide for renewals.

By William P. Smith



Sharing a Bit of History – Spilman Guides Tour of Historic Baseball Sites

It was a beautiful day in Pittsburgh for the historical baseball parks tour Spilman Managing partner Ron Schuler led for Spilman clients and friends. Schuler was part of the team that brought PNC Park to life and provided a “behind the scenes” view of the site selection process for the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“We’re looking at Pittsburgh urban history as well as baseball history,” said Schuler.  “Where people have played and watched the game of baseball in Pittsburgh reveals a lot about what it has meant to the city over the last 150 years, and how it has been valued as an institution at various times in the city’s history.  Plus, there are a lot of fun stories to tell about ballplayers, owners and politicians, and their connections to these old sites.”

If you are so inclined, and you happen to be on Facebook, please consider giving the Grand Baseball Tour a “like.”