How They Won It: DLA Piper Scores 2nd Circ. Pipeline Victory

Law360, New York (July 27, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT) -- With the fate of its planned $257 million natural gas pipeline hanging in the balance, Inergy LP turned to a DLA Piper attorney who won approval last month from the Second Circuit using his secret weapon: a pharmacist's license.

Robert J. Alessi, who received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and health sciences before venturing into the legal world, summoned his scientific savvy when delving deep into the potential impacts of allowing a 39-mile tube atop Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. That included explaining how fracking fluids might interact...
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