Bonya, Gazza & DeGory, LLP Attorneys At Law - Indiana, PA
Bonya, Gazza & DeGory, LLP Attorneys At Law - Indiana, PA


Our Attorneys

Partners
JOHN A. BONYA B.A. 1970, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; J.D. 1973, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. John has broad experience in natural resources (coal, gas and oil), real property and environmental law and is active in our firm's business and commercial transactions practice. He has been listed for more than 20 years in the "The Best Lawyers in America." John was President of the Indiana County Bar Association and served for 10 years as the Chairman of the Indiana County Republican Committee.
John can be emailed at jab@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

BEVERLY A. GAZZA B.A. (magna cum laude) 1970, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; J.D. (cum laude) 1973, law review editor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Beverly handles much of our appellate, commercial and estate planning work. She began her legal career in Pittsburgh and practiced there for five years with a major commercial firm.
Beverly can be emailed at bag@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

STANLEY P. DEGORY B.A. 1974, University of Pennsylvania; J.D. (cum laude) 1981, law review editor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Stan advises closely-held businesses and other corporations and is primarily involved in business matters and civil litigation. Stan also has substantial experience in counseling clients on oil and gas operations and in issuing oil and gas title opinions.  He began his legal career in Pittsburgh and practiced there for five years with a business and tax firm.
Stan can be emailed at spd@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

DAVID M. ZIMMERMAN B.S. (Aerospace Engineering) 1984, Pennsylvania State University; J.D. 1991, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before attending law school, Dave worked in the Washington, D.C. area as an aerospace engineer, where he worked on the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk Cruise Missile, Mark 50 Torpedo and SEAWARS programs. He has been with the law firm since graduating from law school in 1991. He is primarily involved in our litigation, business, and real estate practices, and has substantial experience in issuing oil and gas title opinions. Dave is an active member of the community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana County Endowment. He has served on the Board of Directors of Indiana County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Birthright of Indiana County, and St. Bernard School, where he began and chaired the school's Education Improvement Tax Credit program. Dave served as the Coordinator of Indiana Area Soccer Boosters' Pee Wee Soccer program for several years. He has coached local youth baseball and soccer teams, and has served as a team and program coordinator for numerous lacrosse teams. He is the immediate past president and a member at-large of the Indiana Area Lacrosse Club. Dave and his wife, Helen, have three children. Their daughter Mary is a nursing major at the University of Pittsburgh. Their son David is a mechanical engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. And their daughter Grace is an accounting student at the University of South Carolina.
Dave can be emailed at dmz@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

CHRISTOPHER M. BUELL B.A. 2003 (with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), Pennsylvania State University; J.D. 2006 (magna cum laude), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (senior managing editor, Law Review). Chris focuses his practice in the areas of litigation and oil and gas. He has regularly represented energy industry clients in a wide variety of litigation, including quiet title actions, leasing disputes and property damage claims. Chris has also litigated commercial, construction and other matters in state and federal courts and arbitration. Chris has experience examining titles for oil and gas, and has written extensively on various oil and gas matters. Prior to joining the firm, Chris practiced with a Pittsburgh-based law firm with a significant energy and natural resources practice. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Chris can be emailed at cmb@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

Associates
ERIN N. RICE PETRILLO B.S. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 2005, University of South Carolina; J.D. 2008, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Articles Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce, 2007-2008); M.B.A. 2008, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. Erin practices in a broad range of areas, with a focus on the firm's real estate and oil and gas title practice. Prior to joining the firm, Erin practiced law at a commercial and real estate firm in Pittsburgh. 
Erin can be emailed at enr@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

MICHAEL P. SMITH B.A. 2010 (magna cum laude), Saint Vincent College; J.D. 2013 (magna cum laude), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Executive Editor, Law Review). Michael P. Smith is a recent law school graduate, and focuses his practice in the area of preparation of oil and gas title opinions. Prior to graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Michael served as a Teaching Assistant for legal writing courses. In 2012, Michael interned for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Mike can be emailed at mps@bgdlawfirm.com.

 

KEVIN R. GAYDOS B.S. (Pi Sigma Phi) 2005, Pennsylvania State University; M.S. (Phi Kappa Phi) 2008, West Virginia University; J.D. 2013, Duquesne University School of Law. Kevin R. Gaydos is an Associate Attorney who joined Bonya Gazza & DeGory in 2014. The majority of his practice has focused on writing title opinions for the oil and gas industry. Kevin also has experience in employment and contract law litigation, as well as debt collection. Kevin has done pro bono work for petitioners seeking Protection From Abuse orders and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Lawyers Saluting Veterans" pro bono program. Prior to joining Bonya Gazza & DeGory, Kevin operated a solo practice in his childhood home of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Industry Management from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005, and a Master of Science degree in Resources Management from West Virginia University in 2008. He obtained his law degree from Duquesne University in 2013.
Kevin can be emailed at krg@bgdlawfirm.com.

 


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