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Specializing in Commercial & Construction Law in Pittsburgh, PA and Surrounding Counties




Construction & Real Estate Contract Drafting & Negotiation

I review, draft and negotiate the following broad range of commercial/business and construction contracts:


  • American Institute of Architects and non-AIA construction contracts

  • State Construction Notices Directory filings

  • Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law filings

  • Temporary construction easements

  • Permanent and temporary access easements

  • Utility line easements

  • Commercial and residential leases/rental agreements

Commercial Disputes
& Litigation


With nearly a decade of experience as a commercial litigator in federal courts, state courts and before arbitration panels, and having tried numerous cases before juries, judges and arbitration panels, I am well-poised to handle commercial disputes and commercial litigation, and welcome inquiries into how I can assist potential clients with those matters.

Business &
Commercial Law


I represent clients in most aspects of general business law, from forming a legal entity and purchasing a business to properly winding-down and terminating a business. In that capacity I have reviewed, drafted and negotiated the following contracts and documents, among others:


  • General employment agreements

  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements

  • Trade secret protection/non-disclosure agreements

  • Business acquisition and sale agreements

  • Limited liability company state filings

  • Limited liability company operating agreements

  • Independent contractor agreements

  • Purchase, sale and service agreements

  • Agreements for professional services

  • Business-to-business service agreements

  • Business collaboration/partnership agreements

  • Real estate purchase and sales agreements



At any given time I am handling a fair number of appeals before the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and welcome the opportunity to discuss representing clients in any appellate matters, whether in federal or state court.



  • Construction counsel for a regional real estate and development company with approximately 3 million square feet of commercial space. 

  • General counsel to a local manufacturing business with various patent, employment, government contracting and real estate needs.    

  • Business/commercial counsel to a highly successful small Pittsburgh law firm.

  • Drafted multiple independent contractor agreements for small businesses in multiple areas of business.

  • Represented professional employees in connection with employment, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. 

  • Represent multiple real estate owners in insurance coverage disputes with their insurance carrier.

  • General counsel to various local businesses, rendering advice on nearly all the legal aspects of running a small business.



I practice mainly commercial and construction law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the surrounding counties.  I graduated from Duquesne Law School and began my legal career by clerking for a United States District Court judge, the Honorable Terrence F. McVerry, in Pittsburgh. I worked as a law clerk for two years and, in that capacity, gained substantial experience with federal civil and criminal law, state civil law and administrative law.

Following my federal clerkship, I practiced construction and commercial law at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC for nearly eight years, and worked principally with the chair of the firm’s Litigation Division.  In that time I handled an extremely broad range of legal matters, including lawsuits over construction and commercial disputes, environmental and real estate disputes, disputes under LLC agreements, insurance coverage disputes and architectural malpractice. Beyond the broad range of commercial lawsuits I handled, I spent substantial time drafting, reviewing and revising construction contracts, in values ranging from a few thousand dollars to 55 billion dollars, as well as commercial and real estate contracts, easements of all sorts, non-disclosure agreements and various other commercial documents.  I also have considerable experience with the complex world of American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) construction contracts, having drafted multiple AIA contracts on projects ranging in value from five (5) to nearly thirty (30) million dollars.  Between jury trials, non-jury (bench) trials and arbitrations, I have tried twenty-five cases as either lead counsel or “second-chair” counsel.      

In 2017 I started my own law practice, focusing on commercial/business law and construction law.  In that capacity, I have had the privilege of representing a wide range of businesses and individuals, including a number of other lawyers, in both commercial/business matters and personal legal matters.  I have endeavored, successfully I think, to provide my clients with a high level of service and attention, at rates which are reasonable and add value to my clients’ business and personal matters. 


I am admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the federal Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the federal Northern District of Ohio. 






429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1700

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Tel:  412-651-4634


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