Legal Market Spotlight: Pittsburgh, PA

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Many people associate “The Steel City” with steel mills, smoke stacks and soot. Wrong! Most visitors are surprised to learn that Pittsburgh does not have a steel mill within its city limits. Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a thriving city whose diversified economy is driven by health care, technology, banking and education. As President Obama stated at the 2009 G-20 summit (held in Pittsburgh) – “Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create new jobs and industries while transitioning to a 21st century economy.”

Because of this diversified economy, Pittsburgh offers unique opportunities for attorneys. Its health care and technology sectors (especially intriguing are the amount of start-ups in the area) have been instrumental in a growing need for attorneys with IP, technology and health care experience.  By far the biggest boost to the legal market has been the thriving Marcellus Shale play in the area.  Pittsburgh’s unique position in this play has led to a variety of energy related legal work.  Just as the steel industry secured Pittsburgh’s place in American history, the newly developing energy industry could eventually provide the same historical recognition.

Pittsburgh remains a hidden gem across country (and the world).  There is a saying that we would rather be “Pittsburgh rich” than “New York poor.”  It’s a place where you can go to find your way and not worry about spending every penny on housing and other necessities (compare your current cost of living to Pittsburgh’s with this cost of living calculator) but still enjoy the finer things in life. It has been rated as the “most livable city” and one of America’s 10 Smartest Cities.

With a diverse art and culture scene, flourishing foodie distinction, scenic views and of course championship caliber sports teams, Pittsburgh offers something for everyone.  If you are interviewing in Pittsburgh or just visiting the city, here are a few of my hometown “favorites” to sample on your next visit to The Steel City:

Where to Eat

Several regions of the city including Lawrenceville, East Liberty and the Downtown area have enjoyed an outbreak of new restaurants. A few of note are Chef Richard DeShantz’s Butcher and Rye, which offers a menu that includes Midwestern dishes with a modern twist.  Chef Justin Severino’s Cure uses local farmers to keep farm fresh meat and produce on the menu. Two of my personal favorites include 1947 Tavern, a bourbon bar in Shady Side that offers great drinks and contemporary cuisine, and Yo Rita on the South Side which offers terrific gourmet tacos.

Where to Drink

Well if you are looking to let loose, the “South Side” of Pittsburgh offers more than 80 bars in a one mile stretch.  Other great local bars include, Ava Lounge, Casbah, and the Grandview Saloon (for outrageous views).  If you are interested in sipping on one of 70+ drafts or brewing your own beer, check out the Copper Kettle.

What to Do

Take in a sporting event by waving your “Terrible Towel” at a Steelers game, watching the Penguins take the ice, or enjoy a Pirates game at what is annually ranked as one of the best ballparks in the country, PNC Park.  Attend a concert at Stage AE which is a uniquely placed outdoor/indoor venue that attracts top level talent, or take a ride on the Duquesne Incline and treat yourself to the spectacular scenery of Mt. Washington. Phipps Conservatory offers a historic and calming afternoon, or go for some thrills by riding some of the oldest wooden roller-coasters in the country at Kennywood Park.

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