Meet the KtB Team: Ron Hartman!

Ron Hartman, Reed Smith partner and Knit the Bridge attorney.

Ron Hartman, Reed Smith partner and Knit the Bridge attorney.

If you’ve struggled to follow the behind the scenes business of insurance, permitting, contracting, and indemnification (what’s “indemnification?”) for Knit the Bridge, you’re not alone.  At KtB, we’ve been learning as we go.  And – thanks mainly to the expert guidance and advice of Ron Hartman – we have navigated the complicated waters.

Ron Hartman is a partner at Reed Smith, and has been volunteering his time, energy, and expertise to Knit the Bridge Pro Bono.  Knit the Bridge wouldn’t be happening without his work and dedication. Knit the Bridge thanks Ron and Reed Smith for supporting this important community project!

1.What is your History with Pittsburgh?

I came to Pittsburgh to go to college and never left. But my Pittsburgh story is short compared to Reed Smith’s. Reed Smith was founded  in 1877 and has been  involved in many  of the groundbreaking  events that  have shaped Pittsburgh over the last  135 years.


Thanks to Reed Smith for supporting Knit the Bridge

2. What is your History with Fiber Art?

My wife is an artist (a printmaker)  and her best friend, a former president of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh who has been  involved with the Knit the Bridge Team from its inception, asked me to help with contract questions and concerns.  It was a no-brainer for me  and Reed Smith is always looking  for Pro-Bono opportunities  to give back to the community.

3. What are you most excited about doing as part of the core Knit the Bridge Team? 

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity  to assist in making a fabulous idea a reality. My role is behind the scenes (I don’t knit , but it is still important to making the Exhibition a reality and the results are gratifying.

Amanda and Ron strategize

Amanda and Ron strategize over water and some tablets.

4. What do you see as the challenges? 

There are many pieces of the puzzle that must come together  (or maybe I should say panels to be assembled), and as with most of my work, timing is critical but not always under our control. Fortunately, the Knit the Bridge Team  has done a great job of identifying  most of the tasks and requirements in advance and I only needed to finalize some contracts.

5.  How can others support your work with KtB?

Volunteers are still need  to install and remove panels and to monitor  the Exhibition. And of course, funds are still needed for the Exhibition and contributions  ( small or large)  are always welcome and appreciated. 

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