Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Appointed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Clifford Levine Joins Regional Forum for Collaboration, Planning, and Public Decision
PITTSBURGH, PA – November 26, 2012 – Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, is pleased to announce that attorney Clifford Levine has been appointed to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC). Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald nominated Levine for the position with the SPC, which serves as the official Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the 10-county southwestern Pennsylvania region, including the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. The SPC has the authority to make regional planning decisions and to determine priorities for requests for all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region.
“I’m honored to become a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and to further its mission of proactive and thoughtful planning for the promising future of our region,” said Levine, a recognized expert in government, economic development and land use law. “I am proud to join my fellow commissioners as we work to enhance the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Levine is a partner at Cohen & Grigsby and head of its Public Affairs Group. He has a diverse practice that frequently involves the interplay between law and government. He has counseled real estate developers, energy companies, telecommunications firms and others in obtaining permits, contracts and governmental approvals through both negotiation and litigation. In addition, he has extensive experience representing private litigants, particularly in the areas of commercial, real estate and construction law.
Levine has frequently appeared before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Commonwealth Court, which handles legal disputes involving governmental agencies. A member of the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers, Levine has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, which identifies the top five percent of lawyers in the state.
Levine was named one of the 100 most politically influential individuals in Pennsylvania and he recently served as President Barack Obama’s authorized statewide representative for the 2012 election.