Peacock Keller welcomes two new associates Janine E. Smith and Aaron W. Smith. Ms. Smith joined the Firm’s Litigation Department and will focus her practice on civil litigation. Mr. Smith joined the Firm’s Energy Department and will focus his practice on energy and real estate matters.
Janine graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Political Science. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and graduated in 2007. During law school, Janine interned with the City of Pittsburgh Law Department and was also employed as a law clerk for a small legal practice.
Prior to joining Peacock Keller, Janine was employed as an Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney, where she handled the prosecution of hundreds of matters, including jury and non-jury trials and appellate matters. Janine then worked as an Associate attorney for a Pittsburgh law firm, where her practice focused on civil litigation and the representation of indigent criminal defendants.
She is admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Allegheny and Washington County Bar Associations.
Aaron attended West Virginia University where he graduated in 2002 and 2004 with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, respectively. While pursuing his Masters degree, Aaron was awarded and successfully completed a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowship. After graduation, Aaron worked as a civil engineer for a large transportation engineering firm performing bridge design, construction and inspection.
Aaron graduated cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2010. During law school, Aaron completed an externship with the Hon. Kevin Sasinoski of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Following graduation, Aaron worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Janet Moschetta Bell of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.
Prior to joining Peacock Keller, Aaron was employed as the Appalachian Regional Manager for a national land services company providing land related services to the energy companies developing the Marcellus and Utica shale formations.
Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Washington County Bar Associations as well as the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen. Aaron also serves on the Peters Township Planning Commission.