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Efrem M. Grail


Efrem Grail is a former prosecutor and big firm partner who defends entities and individuals in white collar criminal matters and regulatory proceedings, and represents clients in key litigation matters. Efrem also conducts internal investigations, litigates complex business disputes in federal and state court, and advises on compliance and regulatory matters. Efrem has been named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Best Lawyer” for over a decade.

Brian Bevan


Brian Bevan has represented individuals, companies, and financial institutions in federal grand jury proceedings, business and regulatory crime matters of all types, administrative enforcement actions, policyholder insurance coverage claims, and a wide variety of complex civil litigation.

Brian was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America as “Ones to Watch” in White Collar Criminal Defense practice, his second time being named to that group. He serves as pro bono counsel to Friends of Albright, helping to preserve a historic church building in one of Pittsburgh’s iconic neighborhoods. He also recently ended his five-year tenure as Treasurer of Preservation Pittsburgh, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preserving local historically significant properties. He continues serving on its board of directors.

Emily Kinkead


The Hon. Emily Kinkead joined the Grail Law Firm in 2019, three years after graduating from Pitt Law School. In addition to enforcement defense and litigation matters for Firm clients, Emily serves as a Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, elected from District 20, which includes Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. Before joining the firm, Emily served as a law clerk for Judge Michael H. Wojcik of the PA Commonwealth Court.

During law school, Emily interned at the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret, Kenya, providing comprehensive legal assistance to HIV+ individuals and victims of gender and domestic violence. She also has experience working for Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s Office of Conflict Counsel. Prior to law school, Emily worked in various policy roles in Washington, DC, including at Common Cause and the National Institutes of Health.

Julia Gitelman


Julia Gitelman joined the Grail Law Firm in September of 2021. She has dedicated her career to defending the rights of her clients as a criminal defense attorney. Prior to joining The Grail Law Firm, Julia proudly worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Allegheny County and next at a private Pittsburgh criminal defense firm. She has handled all types of criminal matters including major felony offenses, frequently achieving positive outcomes for her clients, and is seeking admission to the Western District federal court’s indigent defense panel while still volunteering on a regular basis as appointed counsel for indigent state court defendants. In law school, Julia served as a judicial intern for federal Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan and state Commonwealth Court Chief Judge Michael H. Wojcik, and was also the recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Pro Bono Service Recognition Award in 2019. She is currently a member of the Pitt Law Association’s Young Alumni Committee.

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