Matthew M. Pitzarella is the firm’s Director of both the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Sections. Matt is also co-leader of Buchanan’s Energy Industry Team.
He works closely with firm leadership to oversee the strategic business development and day-to-day operations including profitability, marketing, business planning, lateral recruitment and professional development.
Matt’s career has spanned 20 years in various management and leadership positions. Matt previously served as the Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Range Resources Corporation, one of the largest natural gas producers in the United States. During his tenure, he held a variety of positions with the Marcellus Shale Coalition and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, now the American Petroleum Institute.
Prior to joining Range, Matt worked in a number of management positions with NiSource’s various gas distribution companies, which provided service to more than four million Columbia Gas customers in seven states across the Midwest and Northeast United States and previous subsidiary Northern Indiana Public Service Company. Matt also worked on cross-functional teams that supported Columbia Pipeline Group, which is today a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada Corporation. Prior to joining NiSource, Matt worked in Marketing Communications and Government Relations for Duquesne Light Holdings. His career began with Burson-Marsteller, now Burson Cohn & Wolfe as a Senior Associate, providing client services across the United States and parts of China.
He has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy and the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. He has been quoted in hundreds of media outlets across the globe on energy-related topics.
Matt serves on the Board of Trustees for the Monongahela Valley Hospital and sits on their Finance Committee.
In 2002, Matt earned his B.A. in Public Relations from California University of Pennsylvania. Matt was selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of their FastTrackers in 2015. In 2014, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter recognized Matt as their Business Professional of the Year. The Washington County Chamber of Commerce named Matt as their Edward R. DeVogue Horizon Award recipient as the top business professional under 40. PRWeek selected Matt as their Young PR Professional of the Year in the United States in 2005. The Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognized Matt as their Rising Star at their 2004 Renaissance Awards.
California University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2002, Communications Studies and Public Relations
Mon-Vale Health Resources, active member board of trustees
Mon-Valley Hospital, active member board of trustees
Washington County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Marcellus Shale Coalition, past sub-committee chairman
America's Natural Gas Alliance, past sub-committee member
Public Relations Society of America, past sub-committee member