Meet Our Team

Beverly A. Block

Managing Member and Attorney At Law

University of Michigan, ’01; University of Pittsburgh School of Law, ’04

EXPERIENCE

Bev opened B&A in 2018 amidst a backdrop of diverse experience, including, working in a large international law firm, a mid-sized regional firm, and as a clerk for a federal judge. With this experience, Bev is committed to sustaining a firm whose hallmark is a deep investment in the success of its clients. Through years of experience, Bev has become adept at prosecuting and defending civil disputes in a variety of forums—including state and federal courts, private mediations, and AAA arbitration proceedings. Over the years, Bev has developed expertise in business disputes and employment-related matters. The defining feature of Bev’s practice is her deep relationship with her clients. There is no “one-off” engagement, and her relationships are not limited to her areas of expertise. Bev built B&A to provide approachable legal service to a wide-range of clientele, and she devotes her full self to managing those relationships. For Bev, being a lawyer has never been a 9-5 job, but is instead a lifestyle achieved through attentiveness, planning, and balance.

AWARDS

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2019

Pittsburgh Business Times, Women of Influence Awardee, March 2019

Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2012 – 2018

ASSOCIATIONS

Allegheny County Bar Association

  • Board of Governors
  • Co-Chair, Gender Equality Committee
  • Judiciary Committee, Past Member
  • Women in the Law Division, Past Member of Executive Council

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Commission on Women in the Profession

Wexner Heritage Program, Pittsburgh ’18

Bring your whole self to work. I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional and it is all personal.

Sheryl Sandberg

Holly S. McCann

Member and Attorney At Law

Edinboro University, ’86; Duquesne University School of Law, ’94

EXPERIENCE

Holly is a seasoned corporate and tax lawyer. For the past 20+ years, Holly’s practice has focused on assisting businesses in general corporate and partnership matters, including formation and dissolution issues, evaluation of tax matters, regulation of non-profit corporations, unrelated business taxable income and tax structuring issues. Before becoming a lawyer, Holly was a revenue agent for the IRS, and with that experience, she is uniquely qualified to offer practical business and tax solutions to a wide array of clients. Before joining the Firm as an original member, Holly worked in both large and mid-sized firms.

AWARDS

Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council’s Allied Professional of the Year Award, 2013

ASSOCIATIONS

Allegheny County Bar Association

  • Tax Sections
  • Exempt Organization Section

Pittsburgh Tax Club, President

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Hellen Keller

John R. Whipkey

Of Counsel

Gettysburg College ’01; University of Pittsburgh School of Law ’04

EXPERIENCE

John’s practice focuses on oil and gas and real estate law. John routinely represents companies and individuals who buy and sell mineral rights in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. John has robust expertise in evaluating land and title issues, prosecuting title claims and in negotiating leases, rights-of-way and construction agreements. Before joining the B&A team, John worked in several mid-sized law firms and clerked in the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In addition to lawyering, John is keenly familiar with the operations of small businesses as he and his wife are franchisees of Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea. In the scarce moments that John isn’t counseling clients or sipping Sweetwaters’ coffee, he enjoys running marathons, playing soccer and hanging with his wife and two small children.

AWARDS

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star

ASSOCIATIONS

Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • House of Delegates

Allegheny County Bar Association

  • Bench Bar Committee

Taryn J. Phillips

Associate

The Ohio State University ’15; University of Pittsburgh School of Law ’19

EXPERIENCE

Taryn excels in writing and research and supports all aspects of B&A’s growing practice. While in law school, Taryn was active in the Pitt Law Women’s Association and served as an officer of the Black Law Students Association. Taryn is dedicated to the advancement of women and minorities in the private practice of law, and is ecstatic to be joining a firm that incorporates these values into the foundation of its practice. Taryn and Bev have a mutual affection for college football, and while she roots for her alma mater and has never personally witnessed an OSU loss to U of M since becoming a Buckeye, she recognizes Michigan’s overall winning record over OSU.

AWARDS

Dean’s Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.

Marsha Evans

Awards